The Dispatch Issue # 28, 14 April 2013

The Dispatch Issue # 28, 14 April 2013


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Issue 28

Week of April 14, 2013

Do Not Forget !!!

This Week its Cadet Tagging Thursday through to Sunday

This is an Important Fund Raising Activity

Which requires a maximum effort from all members of the Squadron


2013 Summer Training – Selections Posted

The first round of Summer Training selections have been posted on the squadrons website.

If you have received an offer to attend a course, these are due back to Mr. Biffin this Monday evening, April 15.

Any cadet that shows on the list of selected cadets but has not received an offer, please see Mr. Biffin on Monday evening.

If you have not been selected, please be patient, selections for summer training will continue to the end of June.

Squadron Photos

This past Monday the Squadron took time out from training  to take official photos of the squadron as well as photos of the Band, Drill Team and the Sports Team.

We will be posting a signup list for those who may wish to purchase copies of the photos.


Glassy Boot Award

Honourable Members

F/Cpl Barton, F/Sgt. Hembruff, Cpl Milne, WO2 Bauer, F/Sgt. Boyden, F/Sgt. Katzer, Cpl. Hancock, F/Sgt. Chandler WO2  Smith

F/Sgt Bliss, Sgt Mogosh, Cpl Hewett, F/Sgt Shaw, Sgt. Keller, Cpl Zdebiak, F/Cpl J. Ehrt, WO2 Neill, F/Sgt Sheppard, Sgt Sam, F/Cpl Abraham, Cpl C. Swatridge, AC J. Hancock, F/Cpl D. Lloyd, F/Cpl C.Brandow, Cpl M.Achan, F/Cpl V. Singh, Sgt Nemeth, AC F. Chandler

Squadron Training Program

One of the interesting projects that our first year cadets are involved in is the writing of letters to Canadian military members serving overseas in Afghanistan.

A number of our Level 1 cadets did this and their letters and their questions were forwarded to a contact the squadron has in Kabul Afghanistan.

What follows is a reply to the cadet’s letters that we have just received from Captain Chandler Zedic a Canadian soldier serving with the training mission in Afghanistan.

To the Cadets of 151 Chadburn


Firstly, I would like to thank you for the thoughtful letters that you wrote, it is always encouraging knowing that people back home are thinking of us!

To answer some of your questions:  My name is Captain Chandler Zedic, I am a 25 year old Army Logistics officer currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan under the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan (CCTM-A).  I am responsible for overseeing the duty staff that work in the Tactical Operations Centre, a 24/7 centre that tracks and coordinates support for all Canadian personnel in theatre.  Essentially, we coordinate the support for Canadians that in turn, mentor and advise the Afghan National Security Forces.

Our work hours overseas vary depending on the job, however I typically work around 12-14 hours per day (although this includes a break to go to the gym daily).  I am fortunate in that I’m living on a coalition camp that has many amenities (we have a coffee shop, a Pizza Hut, Burger King, internet access and a number of stores).

We are currently at around the halfway point in our 9 month deployment, and from my perspective time has flown by.  Although it is difficult being away from our families, we have a number of means to communicate with them and we are each entitled to a 2-3 week vacation during the mission (where we can return to Canada or travel elsewhere in the world to meet up with our families).

I chose a career in the Canadian Forces as the military has always interested me, and I enjoy working in a fast-paced work environment full of changes.  I joined Army Cadets at the age of 12 with 1913 Ontario Regiment Army Cadet Corps in Oshawa, ON.  I spent 6 years in Cadets from 1999 – 2006, retiring at the rank of CWO (WO1 in Air Cadets).  After retiring from Cadets I transitioned almost immediately into an Officer Cadet at RMC.  Cadets gave me an insight into the basics of living/working in a military environment, a sense of personal pride and discipline, and served to develop my sense of personal leadership at a very young age.

Thank you once again for showing your support for what we’re doing here.


Chandler Zedic


Senior Duty Officer

Tactical Operations Centre

Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission – Afghanistan



Last weekend, 17 cadets as well as Captain Chandler and CI Di Loreto braved the less than perfect weather at Ganaraska to complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.  The weekend started with the cadets being dropped off at highway 35/115 and Concession 8 north of Orono, thus began the hike portion of their journey.  Although it was not very rugged hiking, it still proved challenging in areas because of the “Not Winter Maintained “sections of road they had to traverse.  Even in the first week of April there was half a foot of snow still on this shaded area.  Arriving at the familiar area of the Ganaraska Forest, the cadets were greeted by a wedding party that thought the backdrop would make for interesting photos.  The two groups managed to work together with the cadets sharing their fire and marshmallows for some outdoorsy photos.  The bride and groom both got a kick out of the cadets wanting to be in their wedding pictures and obliged with a nice shot.

Once the civilians had moved indoors the cadets were able to set up camp and get to the chores of making meals and getting a good fire going to help keep them warm.  With the use of some new light weight stoves and store bought ingredients the group was soon enjoying a hearty pasta dinner.  It was interesting to say the least to watch the thought process of how to cook the pasta and heat the sauce all in the same pot.  Thinking outside the box (or in the pot) soon had them doing well.

With temperatures dipping down below the freezing mark, the group soon headed off to their tents and a well deserved night in a sleeping bag.  Morning found them all eager for some more cooking on the small stove (which is a single burner), pancakes and bacon were the morning’s fare, probably not quite like mom would make, but still very edible and more importantly, necessary calories for the day’s activities. 

The distance to be covered on Sunday was by design a few kilometres less than Saturday.  The CO came out and joined us (of course on the easy day) and off we went with the sun shining and temperatures a bit warmer (although the wind was still a touch chilly).  The 8 km covered went quickly and soon the pick up point was in view. It was nice that everyone was able to complete this mandatory portion of the Duke’s award program.  Now it is just a matter of them all finishing their journals and getting signatures for the other activities and we will soon have a bunch of Bronze level pins awarded to our cadets. 

Just a reminder, we will be accepting new registrations for the Bronze level of the award on Monday night.  The cost is $15.00 for the cadets (the Squadron covers the other $15.00 of the $30.00 fee)



Ever wonder how our web site is doing? Here are the top 10 pages as listed by Word Press analytics

Number of Page Views in the Last 90 Days

Home                                 5,614

Calendar                             1,157

Overview                                773

Enewsletter                           577

Application/Select               567

Training                                 506

Recourses                            488

Organization                        420

Chadburn Photo Gallery      419

Achievement Points             395

To date our web site has been viewed 64,751 times

Aviation Photo Of the Week

Our photo this week is of Bob Hoover considered one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. He was described as the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived.

In the Centennial of Flight edition of the Air & Space Smithsonian, he was named the third greatest aviator in history.

One of his favourite flight demonstrations featured aerobatics in a twin engine Aero Commander’s “Shrike Commander” a twin piston-engined business aircraft which had developed a rather staid reputation due to its bulky shape. Hoover showed the strength of the plane as he put the aircraft through rolls, loops, and other maneuvers which most people would not associate with executive aircraft. To see his remarkable aerobatic display click on the following.;jsessionid=plibyu2kk3.goose_s?p=168&n=1&m=-1&c=10&l=0&w=4&s=0&z=2

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Bob Hoover’s Shrike Commander is on display at the National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center, in Dulles, Virginia.

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