Dawn McCafferty


Dawn McCafferty
Air Marshall Julian Young with Dawn McCafferty and Carol Vorderman (McCafferty cropped).jpg
McCafferty in 2018
Born18 April 1964 (1964-04-18) (age 57)
Rhondda, South Wales
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1988–2006 (RAF)
2012–2020 (RAF Reserve FTRS)
RankAir Commodore
Service number8032390B
Commands heldRoyal Air Force Air Cadets
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Commodore Dawn Allison McCafferty CBE, is a former officer of both the RAF Reserve and the regular Royal Air Force. She was appointed as Commandant Air Cadets in August 2012, taking over from Barbara Cooper. She retired in July 2020 and was succeeded by Gp Capt John Lawlor as Acting Commandant.[1]


McCafferty, who was born in the Rhondda South Wales, and later lived in Wigston Magna, joined the RAF at the age of 19 for a four-year short service commission as a secretarial officer. She retired as a group captain in 2006, having completed 23 years of Regular service.[2]

McCafferty's career culminated in her appointment as Inspector of Recruiting for the RAF. She had previously commanded the personnel management squadron at RAF Wittering and the administrative wing at RAF Waddington. She completed staff tours in Command Headquarters and in the Ministry of Defence. After leaving the RAF in 2006, McCafferty set up and ran the Royal Air Force Families Federation from its inception in 2007 until 2012.[3]

McCafferty was appointed Commandant Air Cadets in 2012, initially on a four-year appointment. In 2015, it was confirmed that she would continue in the post until 2020, where she retired in July.[4][5]

McCafferty was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[6]

Personal life

McCafferty has two children by her former husband Paul.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Myers, K. "NEW COMMANDANT FOR RAF AIR CADETS IS ANNOUNCED". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Biography: Commandant Air Cadets, Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty RAFR". Commandant Air Cadets. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Dawn McCafferty Leaves The RAF Families Federation After 5 Years". COBSEO. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ Dawn McCafferty [@ComdtAC] (12 September 2015). "Think it's safe to tell you that my request to stay as Comdt until Aug 2020 has been approved..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Myers, K. "NEW COMMANDANT FOR RAF AIR CADETS IS ANNOUNCED". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  6. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B7.
Military offices
Preceded by Commandant Air Cadets