Commanding Officer Captain Daniel Duchene gave the W.E. Parr Memorial Trophy to Warrant Officer Second Class Anthony Tarso. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The 638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron stands on parade before two Chinooks. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The drill with arms team performed for family members and friends. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Reviewing Officer 450 THS) Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Adams inspects the cadets. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 61st Annual Review
By: Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017
Inside the hanger of 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (450 THS), members of 638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron stood on parade waiting for their 61st Annual Ceremonial Review.
The event, held on June 3, marked the end of a year of cadet training, which saw these young men and women undertake tasks that will help shape their future leadership skills. Much like their military counterparts, they marched on parade, conducted drill and were formally inspected by 450 THS Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Adams. All of this was done under the watchful eyes of friends, family, supporters and dignitaries.
“The training you receive as an air cadet will give you valuable skills and with these skills, you will take on challenges and solve problems,” said LCol Adams.
Together, they gain strength, learn teamwork and forge bonds that last a lifetime. Whether they stay on as cadets and join the military as adults or choose a different path, they have been given a leg up on their peers.
“Your time as an air cadet has made you a better, more capable and more confident person,” said LCol Adams. “With the skills you’ve learned, you’ll be able to support those around you when they need help. And that is pretty cool.”
He gave them credit for the professionalism they demonstrated while on parade. They presented some of the highest skills and standards among their peers and were recognized as the fourth best air cadet squadron in Ontario, which is comprised of 114 squadrons.
“You have an important role to play in the community,” said Denise Rochat, representing the cadet’s sponsorship committee.
The cadets and the community at large are indeed intertwined; without financial support from organizations and individuals, they wouldn’t be able to advance so far in their training.
“Without their support, we couldn’t run the program that we do,” said Commanding Officer Captain Daniel Duchene.
Several medals were also handed out during the review.
The Ireland Cup was presented to Corporal Olivia Brown-McKie and Corporal Ethan Slusar. Flight Corporal Grace Tedford was given this year’s Junior NCO and the Senior NCO Award was given to Warrant Officer Second Class Johnathan Frampton. Warrant Officer First Class Sara Hill was given both the Outstanding Cadet Award and the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence. Warrant Officer Second Class Anthony Tarso was given the W.E. Parr Memorial Trophy. The Commanding Officer’s Commendation was awarded to Aviator Mark Solimine, who serves at Garrison Petawawa. The Lord Strathcona Medal was given to Flight Sergeant Samantha Hill.
“I look forward to a bigger and better year next year,” said Duchene.