Date Published : April 8th, 2015 Published By : admin
Five new pilots were commissioned to the Irish Air Corps by the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD at a special commissioning ceremony on Thursday 2nd April at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.
The newly commissioned officers are from the 31st Air Corps Cadet Class. Lieutenant’s Mark Doyle, Kevin Fitzgerald, Francis Mohan, James Northover and David Finnegan received their Military Pilot Wings and Presentential Commissions during the ceremonies.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Coveney said “As pilot officers of the Air Corps each of you has chosen a very challenging and demanding career, but one that is also very fulfilling and rewarding. Foremost amongst these are the comradeship, the challenges and the very high level of job satisfaction that comes from leading and serving others.”
Minister Coveney also paid tribute to the staff of the Military College and the Flying Training School involved in preparing the cadets for officer duty. “They deserve a special mention for the care and dedication, which they have brought to the task of developing and nurturing these young people for their future careers.”
The 31st Regular Air Corps Cadet Class began their military journey on the 24th of September 2012 and have since undergone an arduous program of military and flying training.
During the Wings ceremony Brigadier General Fry, GOC Air Corps, congratulated the class on their achievements and thanked their families and friends for supporting them throughout their cadetship.
In receiving their Presidential Commission, the new officers took an oath of allegiance in which they swore to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.