The Dispatch, Issue # 6, Week of Oct 13, 2013

The Dispatch, Issue # 6, Week of Oct 13, 2013


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Issue #6

Week of Oct. 13, 2013



One of the things that sets Chadburn Squadron apart from so many other units is our pride of appearance.  From the Glassy Boot to the properly tied ties, Chadburn Squadron not only meets the standard for dress and deportment, it exceeds it.  Over the next little while, we will be adding some diagrams and pictures to the Dispatch that will show the cadets and their parents the proper way to wear the uniform.

Remember that your uniform tells the story of your cadet career.  People can tell what camps you have gone to, if you are a pilot, if you are a competitive marksman and even how long you have been in cadets.  It is very important that the story your uniform tells is accurate and properly told.  For those who compete in band and drill competitions and those who are planning on attending a senior course in the summer, improperly placed pins and badges will deduct marks from your score and can make the difference between a great impression and a mediocre one.  We will start with the two breast pockets on the tunic as there will be a new addition of things to wear next week.

The pin that is issued to commemorate the War of 1812 will be worn on the left breast pocket.  This will only be worn on the tunic for cadets and not on the short sleeve uniform shirt.



Back in 2012, the government created a pin to commemorate the War of 1812 for members of the Canadian Forces to wear on their uniform.  This summer, it was decided that members of the Canadian Cadet Organizations would also wear the pin on their uniform.  Some cadets came home from summer training with the pins that their training centres had issued.  Until now we have not had enough pins to issue to all cadets, so we have not begun issuing them. 

It is rare that cadets and military members wear the same pin, normally there is a distinct difference between what is authorized for members of the CF and that which is authorized for cadets.  This will indicate how important this event was in our country’s history.  The pin will be worn up to and including February 16 2015. 

On Monday October 21, every cadet in the Squadron will be issued a pin.  This will be worn on the left breast pocket flap on the tunic only.  It will not be worn on the summer short sleeve shirt.  Please take care of these pins, they have to last us until February 2015.


Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

Honourable Members

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


From the Treadmill

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I find it incredible that our first holiday of the cadet year is already upon us.  With the weather we have been having lately and my work schedule, the treadmill is the last place I have thought of spending time.  I have been extremely fortunate that my work has taken me up into the Muskoka’s several times this last week, and that the temperature has been great for outdoor walks to enjoy the magnificent colours Mother Nature has on display.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will still be this nice next weekend for our annual field training at Ganaraska.  Although they are good for the soul, these walks are not always the best for keeping thoughts on the rails, but here goes. 

Starting the weekend after Ganaraska, the Squadron will be assisting the Royal Canadian Legion with their annual Poppy Campaign.  It is extremely important that the sacrifices our veterans have made are not forgotten and that we help them with this campaign.  We will have 20 cadets per shift selling the poppies.  We all recognize the poppy as Canada’s remembrance flower, donations received during the Poppy Campaign annually raise more than $14 million for the support of Veterans and their families, and they can’t do it without our help. 

I’m going to throw a little jab in here to those Chadburn alumni who are in the military and who have not yet sent me a photo of themselves in uniform.  Our display on the parade square is sitting ¾ empty, and I know there are a lot of you out there who are not getting the recognition you deserve.  It is amazing to see the number of people who take the time to stop and look at the display on a weekly basis. Please get those photos in. 

I have had many parents approach me recently about volunteering with the Squadron, although there are special activities where we are looking for parents to help out, generally we are running with the right number of people.  I don’t want to bring people in if I can’t keep them actively employed.  As a need arises, I will put the word out for people to come out and help at those activities.  Please remember that the cadet comes first, and sometimes they want to have their own activity without mom and dad there all the time. 

I would like to congratulate Captain Ian Howie as he again assumes command of 2 Squadron in Whitby.  Captain Howie is a former cadet and officer of Chadburn Squadron, and was the first CO of Whitby Squadron.     

That’s it for now,

Stay Safe and have a Great Week

Major Bliss


Aviation Video Of the Week

431 Squadron – The Snowbirds



The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. It is a historic year for 431 Squadron as this year marks the Squadron’s 70th Anniversary since its founding as a Bomber Squadron during World War II and during its long history it has flown the Vickers Wellington, Handley-Page Halifax, Avro Lancaster and the Canadair (North American) F-86 Sabre. This year is also the  50th Anniversary of flying the Canadian designed and built CT-114 Tutor aircraft. We all associate the Snowbirds with aerobatics and awesome and inspiring aerial displays .  However few will know that 431 Squadron has an impressive list of Battle honours from the second world war. They are: English Channel and North Sea 1943-1944, Baltic 1943-1944, Fortress Europe 1943-1944, France and Germany 1944-1945, Biscay Ports 1943-1944, Ruhr 1943-1945, Berlin 1943-1944, German Ports 1943-1945, Normandy 1944 and The Rhine

The video that follows is one of the best Snowbird videos that we have seen. Take a moment  and enjoy an amazing  aerial display.  

Click on     Snowbirds Cold Lake 2013    which will lead to  the You Tube site       


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