Local Air Cadets honoured

Three air cadets from 676 Kittyhawk Squadron in Sidney received awards

  • Sat Aug 9th, 2014 1:00pm
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Three local air cadets received awards for their achievements during a ceremony at Albert Head. From left to right

SIDNEY — Three air cadets from 676 Kittyhawk Squadron in Sidney received awards for their achievements on their first cadet summer training course recently.

Jeremy Burton and Kaiko McCaig each received a Top Cadet Award, and Jack Ford received a Most Improved Cadet award.

One Top Cadet and One Most Improved Cadet award are presented to deserving cadets within each of the six Flights (class). Each Flight is typically comprised of approximately 25 air cadets.

“I am very proud of all our cadets,” said Maj. Allan Thompson, Commanding Officer of 676 Squadron.

“We received outstanding support from our parents and community last year, which allowed us to send well-prepared and confident cadets on their first cadet course.”

The three Sidney teens — with 144 other cadets from 24 communities throughout B.C. — graduated last Friday from the two-week introductory General Training Course (GTC).

For most of the cadets in attendance, the training course was their first time away from home.

Over the past two weeks, these cadets — the majority between 12 and 13 years of age — completed a busy program that included sports, citizenship activities and flying opportunities.

The General Training Course aims to expose cadets to as many different training opportunities as possible to help them plan their future goals in the Cadet Program.

There were nine cadets from 676 Squadron on this General Training Course, which ran from July 21 to Aug 1.

Around 10 cadets from 676 Kittyhawk Squadron will be in attendance at the final graduation ceremonies on Thursday, Aug 14 and Friday, Aug 15.

— Submitted by Lt(N) Peggy Kulmala