The Royal Air Force has appointed Air Commodore Tony Keeling as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. He will take post on Sept 21st.
Current Comdt, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, retires on July 15th. Chief of Staff Group Capt John Lawlor will be Acting Comdt for the intervening period.
Air Commodore Keeling is currently the Air Officer responsible for the RAF’s Aerospace Engineering & Logistics capabilities, Photographers and Music Services.
He said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. As a former cadet myself, I am a huge fan of the ATC and CCF and the brilliance, ambition and achievements of the cadets, but I know that the organization would not enjoy its high reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with an amazing network of adult volunteers. I have enormous respect for everything that Air Commodore McCafferty has achieved for the RAF Air Cadets during her tenure as Commandant, and I’m really looking forward to joining the team in September.’
Tony is a Tornado Engineer. Part of an elite group – engineers!
Other roles he holds is LGBT+ and Diversity advocate for the RAF.