Deputy Officer Commanding
Other Responsibilities: Band, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Fieldcraft, Shooting and SNCO Discipline
Flight Sergeant (ATC) Matthew Bairnsfather joined 1039 (Gillingham) Squadron as a cadet in August 2003. He saw cadet service at every rank up to Cadet Warrant Officer, leaving in August 2010 when he reached the age of 20. He immediately became a Civilian Instructor on the squadron before returning to uniformed service as a Sergeant (ATC) in September 2012, with promotion to the rank of Flight Sergeant (ATC) in November 2016. FS (ATC) Bairnsfather was immediately appointed to the role of SNCO in charge of discipline and subsequently qualified as a Drill Instructor in September 2013. In June 2015, he took over running the squadron as Officer in Charge, until the arrival of Flight Lieutenant Kevin Powell RAFVR(T) as Officer Commanding, in August 2015.
Outside of the RAF Air Cadets, FS (ATC) Bairnsfather works in the motor trade and is also a mobile DJ.
FS (ATC) Bairnsfather says “I got a lot from my seven years as an RAF Air Cadet and now want to give something back to the organisation. I try to be a good role model to educate the cadets to maintain a high standard of discipline and personal appearance.”