PRESCOTT – As the 2016/2017 training year closes out, Cadets at 661 Squadron have much to be proud of. Recent ceremonies have marked the end of this training year and helped to set the stage for the excitement of summer training opportunities about to unfold.
The month of June included the 60th Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) for 661 Squadron. Held by all Sea, Army and Air Cadet corps/squadrons across Canada each spring, the ACR signifies the conclusion of a training year and is an opportunity to present Cadets with prestigious awards while showcasing the accomplishments of the youth involved in the program through a formal parade and inspection.
Each ACR is presided over by a Reviewing Officer (RO); a ceremonial duty that includes inspecting the dress and deportment of Cadets. The RO for 661 Squadron’s 60th ACR was Chief Fire Prevention Officer Brent Norton of the Prescott Fire Department. CFPO Norton, recently recognized as volunteer of the year for the Town of Prescott, took the opportunity to reiterate to Cadets the importance of serving their community and the pride they should have in themselves as a result of their service as Air Cadets who do a great deal to support the Legion among other community organizations.
Joining CFPO Norton in the inspecting party were Captain Lewis Jenkins (661 Squadron Commanding Officer), Mrs Annemarie Larocque (661 Squadron Sponsor Chair), Captain Rebecca Roberts (Regional Cadet Support Unit Representative) and Colonel (retired) Bill St. Jean (Air Cadet League of Canada Representative). The event was also attended by numerous community dignitaries and the families and friends of 661 Squadron’s Air Cadets.
Several members of the Squadron were rewarded for their accomplishments throughout the training year, which included:
- Warrant Officer 1st Class Danielle Larocque: Lord Strathcona Medal;
- Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joel Beriault: Howard ‘Cap’ Sayeau Bursary;
- Warrant Officer 2nd Class Francis Lalonde: Outstanding Leadership Award;
- Flight Sergeant Tatiana Robertson: CO’s Shield of Honour; and
- Sergeant Madeline Faubert: Colonel Sam Houston Award.
This event was preceded by an awards dinner which also included the following recognition:
- Leading Air Cadet Jackson Salmon: Top 1st Year Cadet;
- Corporal Dora Marshall: Top 2nd Year Cadet;
- Flight Corporals Bechamp and Kilby: Top 3rd Year Cadet;
- Sergeant Madeline Faubert: Top Physical Fitness (female);
- Leading Air Cadet Sam Henderson: Top Physical Fitness (male);
- Leading Air Cadet Sam Henderson: Top Jr Marksman; and
- Sergeant Madeline Faubert: Top Marksmanship Award.
As the training year comes to a close, Prescott’s Cadets are keen to focus on the future. Several Cadets are currently preparing for the numerous summer training scholarships they are being awarded with at Canadian Forces Bases across Ontario this summer.
Are you interested in our program? 661 Squadron will be looking for new members again this fall. Youth between the ages of 12 and 19 are encouraged to follow us on Facebook or check out our webpage (www.aircadets.ca/661) to learn more about what Air Cadets has to offer. The Squadron meets most Tuesday evenings during the school year at SGDHS in Prescott and has a wide range of other optional activities on alternate weeknights and weekends. Look for our invitations to open houses in September and consider enrolling in this world class youth development program that has zero cost related to membership or uniforms. Come join our team and live the motto of the Air Cadet Program “To Learn – To Serve – To Advance”!
Featured Photo: Warrant Officer 2nd Class Francis Lalonde who received the Outstanding Leadership Award as presented by CFPO Brent Norton of the Prescott Fire Department.