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Issue # 12
Week of Nov 24, 2013
New Recruit Graduation Parade
This past Monday the Squadron held a special graduation parade to welcome 35 new cadets into the Squadron. It was an emotional evening not only for the new cadets but their parents as well. The cadets were sworn in by Major G. Burns former cadet from the squadron who has also served two terms as a commanding officer of 151 Squadron. In the photo on the left you can meet the top new recruit on the course and in the other photo you can see all the new cadets and their parents as they gathered around the cadets following the swearing in ceremony.
Presentation of the George Moir Trophy
The Air Cadet League in the Province of Ontario has established a number of impressive trophies that are presented each year to the top squadrons in the Province of Ontario.
Col. Ted Taylor our area representative of the Air Cadet League presented the Squadron with the George Moir Trophy as the top squadron in the Eastern Area of the Province of Ontario.
In addition to the graduation ceremonies and the presentation of the George Moir Trophy there were a number of other awards that were presented. One of these presentations was of a cheque for almost $8000 by Major Burns on behalf of a former cadet Wayne Conrad who requested that the funds be used to provide a Glider Pilot Scholarship for the Squadron.The second award was presented by the Air Cadet League to the top cadet in #1 Training Flight at the CRGS glider school at Trenton to FSgt D. Lloyd. The third award was the presentation of a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to Sgt. Bell-Garraway.
Unfortunately there is an age limit for cadets in the cadet program and this evening marked the last parade for our Squadron Warrant Officer Mitchell.
As is our custom warrant officers who age out of the program receive our personal thanks as well as a special gift from the Squadron.
The evening not only welcomed the new recruits to the Squadron but it also provided an opportunity to announce a number of promotions to the senior positions within the Squadron.
The Commanding Officer is shown welcoming a new Squadron Warrant Officer B. Jackson as well announcing the names of three new warrant officers.
The Squadron also welcomed a new drum major to lead the Squadron’s band.
An evening such as a recruit graduation parade is also special evening for the Squadron and its alumni.
In the photo below you can meet a number of the Squadron’s alumni and current members who were all Squadron Warrant Officers in 151 Squadron.
Tri Service Dance
Do not forget to get your tickets!!
Royal Order of the Glassy Boot
F/Sgt K.Katzer, F/Sgt A.Boyden, Cpl F.Chandler, F/Sgt J.Shaw F/Sgt S.Sheppard, F/Sgt A.Ford Williams, F/Sgt R. Bliss,
F/Sgt A.Hembruff, F/Cpl J.Hancock, Sgt R.Barton, F/Cpl C.Abraham, Sgt V.Singh, Cpl J.Hancock, F/Sgt C.Travis
F/Cpl B. Hewett, Sgt. J. Ehrt
Thoughts from the Treadmill
We had an exciting start to our week with the recruit graduation, the aging out of Warrant Officer Mitchell, the promotion of WO1 Jackson and his appointment as the new Squadron Warrant Officer; we have some new Warrant Officers and a new Drum Major as well. All of this brings up the selection process and the steps we go through to make sure everything is done as fairly as possible and that the best cadets for the job get promoted and appointed into leadership positions. Between phone calls and emails back and forth between my officer staff and me as well as consultation with our upper headquarters, we have been planning these promotions for most of this cadet year. I am sure that those promoted will find their new jobs a rewarding and challenging step in their cadet careers. Congratulations to you all.
It was great to see so much support on Monday night from our sponsor, The Rotary Club of Oshawa, the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada and Major Garry Burns who paid us a special visit with a nice surprise for the Squadron, the details of the scholarship will have to be worked out, but some luck cadets over the next few years should get an opportunity to do some flying that they might not get otherwise. We sometimes forget how much of an impact Chadburn Squadron has on cadets who have been members, and then we get a reminder in such a big way.
We were awarded the trophy for being the best Squadron in the Eastern Ontario Area; this is a great reward for all of the hard work that our cadets and staff put in over the previous year. Congratulations on this achievement.
I had the pleasure of taking some members of our marksmanship team to Guelph for an invitational shooting competition yesterday, I was very impressed with the performance of all five of the cadets that attended, but especially proud of the three juniors who attended a competition for the first time. The team placed 9th out of 25 teams. This is a great showing for such a young group competing against more experienced shooters and brings the promise of greater things in the future. Thanks to Officer Cadet Stacey and Mr. Ogilvie for getting the team ready.
And finally, a little reminder about something I mentioned a while back. We have been asked by Oshawa and GO Transit to remind the parents to not block the bus stop in front of the cadet hall, I would also ask that you not block the driveway or park in the driveway. If you are not comfortable stopping on Centre Street, there is parking in the school parking lot across from the hall.
That’s all for now,
Stay Safe and Have a Great Week
Aviation Photo Of the Week
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