CUO Krauksts Garofano - Company Commander


Cadet Under Officer Jesse Krauksts Garofano joined the army cadets in 2015. Throughout his cadet career, he has taken up a number of positions within the unit including Quartermaster and Administration Sergeant. Jesse also organised the unit’s first Relay for Life activity.


He regularly exercises management skills identifying the best construction and implementation of unit training. Programs that best suit cadets are created and executed at his discretion.


Outside of the organisation, Jesse is studying his Higher School Certificate. After cadets, he aspires to attend Australian National University to study a Bachelor of International Security Studies and pursue a career in the Defence Force in intelligence.

CUO Altiparmak - Company Second in Command


Cadet Under Officer Troy Altiparmak joined the army cadets in 2015.  Having visited the sacred battlefield site of Gallipoli earlier that same year, Troy became fascinated by all things military and pursued a way to become involved, as soon as he could.


Troy particularly enjoys passing his skills, knowledge and encouragement on to the newest young recruits, Troy was the recruit platoon sergeant for the whole of 2018 and has expressed this was his favourite position up until being promoted to Cadet Under Officer. Troy strives to see the achievements of those he has taught and will continue to dedicate his cadet career to making the cadets under his command the best version of themselves. Troy likes to keep up the mentality of 'peak efficiency' but also loves to have a laugh. 


Outside of cadets, Troy completed his HSC in 2018 and is now in his first year of studying a Bachelor of Security Studies, at Macquarie University.  Troy sees this as a stepping-stone to a career in the Australian Defence Force as an officer in the Intelligence Corp.



Warrant Officer Class 2 Nicholas Withford joined the army cadets in February 2014 and has been instrumental to the unit's success over the last 3 years alongside the command team.


Nick's role is of a senior management role focusing on the training, welfare and discipline of the company of up to 200 cadets. He acts as a senior adviser to the commander of the unit. Focus is on maintaining the highest standard of dress, drill and bearing of cadets. He ensures that every cadet within 226 ACU Normanhurst demonstrates and practices respectful demeanour, excellent attitudes and gives his cadets the capacity to achieve their goals within the organisation.


Outside of the cadets, Nick is in a fulltime position within a creative advertising agency.

WO2 Withford - Company Sergeant Major