Small in numbers, large in spirit

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Handley Page air cadet squadron well turned out at annual ceremonial review

The 689 Handley Page air cadets squadron impressed a lot of people last weekend, including their reviewing officer, Maj. Bert Campbell (retired).

While this squadron is not large in numbers it is very large in spirit when I see the activities that you have participated in since September 2006 and the planned program for this upcoming summer, said Campbell, who served 37 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force and now manages the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum.

The 689 Handley Page air cadets squadron impressed a lot of people last weekend, including their reviewing officer, Maj. Bert Campbell (retired).

While this squadron is not large in numbers it is very large in spirit when I see the activities that you have participated in since September 2006 and the planned program for this upcoming summer, said Campbell, who served 37 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force and now manages the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum.

After complimenting the cadets for their turnout and commending the community for its support of the program, Campbell reminded the cadets of the benefits they have already received from the program, including a sense of accomplishment, recognition from peers and mentors, life-long friends and once in a lifetime opportunities.

The 22nd annual ceremonial review featured the presentation of promotions, awards and certificates to the cadets, and a recap of a busy year for the squadron. Commanding officer Lt. Keith Odlin recognized Campbell for the instrumental role he played in developing the squadrons new crest.

He also recognized Nancy Burton for her volunteer contributions to the squadron since it formed in 1985.

While the squadron lost some if its cadets this year, Odlin said it gained others and remains strong with a dedicated core membership. He described the organization as the best youth leadership development program in Canada, and said its purpose is not to recruit for the regular forces.

That is not our focus, said Odlin. We are attempting to develop our cadets into the community leaders of tomorrow. We give them the opportunity and experiences that will help them achieve this.

Summer training activities for the cadets this year will see many attend different camps, including Sgt. Joni Milligan (glider pilot scholarship), Cpl. Jordan Willner (intro to PE and RT), Cpl. Jordon Lake (intro to aviation), Cpl. Malcolm Campbell (intro to leadership), Cpl. Roberta Lattie (intro to instruction), Cpl. Ryan Atkinson (intro to survival), and LAC Cody Canning, LAC Martin Corbett, LAC Andrew Creelman, LAC Sherman McGrath and LAC Ethan Welton will all attend basic camp.

Cadets promoted this year include (from AC to LAC) Cody Canning, Martin Corbett, Andrew Creelman, Sherman McGrath, Ethan Welton, (from LAC to Cpl.) Ryan Atkinson, Caleb Goguen, Cody Hunter, Luke Pretty, Jordon Willner, (from Cpl. to Sgt.) Jessica Ward, Joni Milligan, (from Sgt. to Acting F/Sgt.) Jessica Ward and (from F/Sgt. to WOII) Clifford Bennett.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Canadian Air Force, Greenwood Military Aviation Museum

Geographic location: Handley Page, Canada, Jordon Lake

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