After seven years as a cadet, WO2 Kozbial is aging out of the cadet program. Wed 6 Mar was his last regular cadet night, and the first age out for 918 Squadron. WO2 Kozbial’s contributions to the Squadron were and are critical to some of the success we have seen this year. The true measure of his impact to 918 Squadron will be defined in the years to come, as the foundations he helped build begin to excel.
As part of his age out ceremony, WO2 Kozbial was presented with a shadow box with some of his cadet accomplishments framed. He acted as Squadron Commander for the evening, and was also given an opportunity to address the Squadron, before receiving a farewell march past from his Squadron.
WO2 Kozbial began his cadet career in the band, and achieved his level 5 musician (the highest cadet music qualification) in Aug 2016. Appointed as 781 Sqn Drum Major as a FCpl in Nov 2015, WO2 Kozbial continued to hold that appointment until he helped start 918 Sqn’s band in Sep 2018. At 918 Sqn, WO2 Kozbial was appointed Deputy Squadron Commander, and held that position until he aged out.
Although this was his last regular parade night before “retirement”, WO2 Kozbial will get to enjoy running one last activity with the Squadron, Ex Griffon Excelsior, before finally turning 19 and transitioning to a music instructor and “part time” mentor for 918 Squadron