It's not often these sort of things make the papers or news.
After 12 years of training cadets at Dargaville’s Air Training Corps Ian Ringrose has attained the corps’ highest office, squadron leader.
Mr Ringrose, who began his involvement in the local corps through his sons Clynt, now 27 and Morgan, 24, who were cadets.
"I am pleased to have been made squadron leader because it is the highest ranking a cadet force officer can attain," Mr Ringrose says.
Ian’s son Morgan is now pursuing the flying bug and is working on getting his flying hours up where he is based in Australia. His proud father says his son has already attained his commercial helicopter pilot’s licence.
The other son, Clynt, is working as a landscape architect.
Mr Ringrose says he enjoys training cadets and has been the local unit commander for the past six years.
He was promoted from flight lieutenant to squadron leader at a formal ceremony at the ATC’s weekly meeting on Monday, February 25.
"I enjoy working with young people because this kind of thing gives them life skills with the discipline of a military flavour to it," he says.
Mr Ringrose says the self esteem building that youngsters gain is valuable.
He says he has made a committment to continue with the ATC as it is a ‘worthwhile organisation for the community’.
The ATC has a close relationship with the Northern Wairoa Memorial Returned Services Association – the training corps performs guard of honour duties at Anzac Day parades.