The Dispatch, Issue # 5, Week of Oct. 18, 2015

The Dispatch, Issue # 5, Week of Oct. 18, 2015


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Issue # 5

Week of Oct 18, 2015

Summer Camp Applications

This past week summer camp applications were handed out to cadets on parade.  Completed summer camp forms are due back on October 19.  To most next summer may seem a long way in the future  but now is the time for cadets and families to make a decision as there are a number of summer camp forms that  must be completed and forwarded to Trenton. 

Poppy Sales

On the weekend of October 31- November 1 and the weekend of November 7-8, 151 Squadron will be assisting both Oshawa branches of the Royal Canadian Legion with their annual Poppy Campaign.  This is the main fund raiser for the Legion and provides much needed money for their many veteran’s programs.  We will be doing the initial registration on Sign-up Genius. Please visit the following link and sign up for the shifts you are able to work.  Please remember that you will receive achievement points as well as your community service credit for school.

Tri-Service Ball Tickets

On December 4th, Chadburn Squadron will once again be hosting the annual Tri-Service Dinner and Dance.  This will be held at the Lviv Hall in Oshawa.  Over the past several years, this evening has become the most anticipated event on the cadet calendar in Durham Region.  Tickets will be on sale starting tomorrow night for $20.00 each.  You may bring one guest and must purchase their ticket.  Please see OCdt Di Loreto after closing parade to purchase your tickets.

Cadet Fitness Program


Two weeks ago, all cadets participated in a fitness assessment program that is required as part of the regular cadet training program.

The results are recorded and they are then posted into each individual cadet training record.


Eastern Ontario Area Orienteering Competition

10 of our cadets participated in the EOA Orienteering Competition held north of Kingston on Saturday, it has been several years since the Squadron has participated in this activity, and although there were no awards won, it appears that all had a good time and are looking forward to the challenge again next year. 


The Orienteering team minus two members with their coach OCdt Di Loreto



The Air Cadet League’s – 75th Year Anniversary Pin

September 1st marks the official launch of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet League of Canada. 

As readers may be aware, a special pin has been produced to commemorate this significant milestone in the air cadet program.

Cadets are authorized to wear the anniversary pins starting on 1 Sept 2015 and ending 31 Dec 2016 (16 months)

The pin shall be worn on the left breast pocket flap of the cadet jacket and it is to be centered between the center of the flap

and the edge closer to the center of the jacket. 

See the following photo for a visual reference of the pins location.

Note: The pins are free to all cadets that are active at any time during the 16 month period.



What Are Our Alumni Up To?

Warrant Officer Johanna Wagstaffe


One of our former cadet warrant officers, Johanna Wagstaffe was recently the guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Air Cadet League in Vancouver. The occasion was the President’s Dinner and Awards Night. Johanna is the on-air meteorologist and science host for CBC Vancouver and the CBC News Network. She is also a proud alumni of 151 Chadburn RCACS, here in Oshawa. She received both her glider’s and pilot’s license and became interested in meteorology at that time. Her father Adam Wagstaffe is also a pilot and the owner of a restored Aeronca aircraft which he and Johanna plan to fly across Canada next year. We should also mention that Adam was formerly one of our Squadron’s familiarization pilots.


Another Cadet, Warrant Officer, Now Capt. David Weigel

Capt. Weigel is currently a helicopter pilot serving in the RCAF Search and Rescue Squadron that is located in Goose Bay Labrador.

He dropped in to visit the Squadron this past week.




The top cadets taggers who worked numerous shifts to become the top money makers in the squadron’s semi-annual fund raising program.

All received a special gift to reward them for their outstanding effort.



Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

LAC E. Boyden

FSgt R. Barton

WO2 B. Medina

WO2 A. Lloyd

F/Sgt M. Singh

F/Sgt Carson

WO2 E. Dellipizzi

Future Cadet Activities











Halloween Dance

420 Wing RCAFA





Poppy Sales






Poppy Sales










A Warm Welcome to a New Squadron Officer


This week the Squadron welcomed Capt. Christina Booth to our staff. Capt. Booth recently transferred to Oshawa from the cadet squadron in Dunville.

At our Squadron she will be organizing and managing our extensive summer camp training program. 


Thoughts From the Treadmill

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend some good time with family and friends.  Sorry for the lack of Dispatch last week, some technical difficulties delayed it so far that we thought it was better to just run it this weekend.

There are quite a few very important things coming up in the near future and cadets will have to pay close attention to both the weekly call and the announcements at opening and closing parades. 

The last parade night we had, I mentioned a poster contest for the Air Cadet League’s 75th anniversary.  In looking into the competition closer, I realized that the deadline had already passed for submissions. I would still like to hold a poster contest, but one that will celebrate Chadburn Squadron and our 75th anniversary which will be coming up next year.  I want to focus on cadet activities and some of the great work that Chadburn Squadron does.  We will have details on this in the next while. 

I also want to put a bit of a challenge out there.  I don’t know if it is just me, but the number 151 seems to pop up a lot in everyday life, from hotel rooms I stay in to licence plates on cabs I ride in, there it is.  When I get a chance, I snap a picture of these things.  I’d like to put a montage together with random pictures of non-staged occurrences of the number 151, please submit any photos you come up with to OCdt Di Loreto at, once we get enough we will put a frame together and display it in the hall.

I have received word that we are very close to being able to start using the streamers that we have made to  present to the top flight in various categories, these will be hung from the flight guidon and displayed for the remainder of the year.  I am hoping that this will generate a bit of friendly competition within the Squadron and get cadets showing a bit of pride in their individual flights. 

One of the neat things that the military and the Air Cadet League allow to happen is that for major anniversaries, a pin is allowed to be worn on the cadet uniform.  Cadets were issued the Air Cadet 75th anniversary pin on our last parade; this will be worn on the tunic only.  We will be holding a contest for the design of a 151 Squadron 75th anniversary pin.  We want a professional looking pin that the cadets will be able to wear with pride but also that some of the over 4500 former cadets would like to purchase and wear in celebration.  I will have the details of this available in the next couple of weeks, but start thinking and putting your ideas on paper. 

Our fall Ganaraska field training weekend has been postponed until the weekend  of 12-13 December, when we originally planned the weekend in November, I forgot to take into account how busy we would be with helping the Royal Canadian Legion with their Poppy Campaign.  I feel that one of the most important activities our cadets participate in is the Poppy Sales for the Legions, this is the only time of year that our veterans ask for our assistance and I feel it is our duty to help in any way possible.  So, to give this the proper attention, Ganny will not happen in November.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause any of you who may have made plans.

In regards to Poppy Sales, we will be using Sign-Up Genius to handle the sign ups, please visit the following ling and sign up for whichever shifts you would like.  Please note that we will be supporting both Legion branches this year.  Make sure you see which one you are signing up for.

I know most of our cadets are not old enough to vote, but for those of you who are, I want to remind you to go vote today before you come to cadets, this is the most important right we have as a free society and as they say, “every vote counts”. 

I would like to pass on my sympathy to the Kerr family on the loss of Sheila, she and her husband Douglas have been long time supporters of the Squadron in general and the band in particular. 

I received an email earlier this week form a former cadet who is now a helicopter pilot in the RCAF, Major David Forbes is currently at the Staff College in Toronto and will hopefully be stopping in to the Squadron to speak to the cadets over the next while.  It is always good to see former cadets come home and share their stories with us. 

That’s all for now.

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week.

Major Bliss

Aviation Photo of the Week

Wing Walkers from the 1920’s

“If you want the job done right, give it to a woman”.


It is hard to believe that stunts such as these used to be accomplished frequently in the 1920’s. Take a look at the following video it features Gladys Ingles a wing walker who was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s. in the film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels. Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back. In the film Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire. She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop. It’s certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn’t even try on the ground with the engine running. She died at age 82.


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