Air Cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review

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Robert Lafreniere gives marching orders.

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Review officer Jim Kerr talks to the cadets about their future.

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Robert Lafreniere receices the Commanders Officers Award from squadron commander Donna Roberts.

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Vaiva Arraez-Gough receives the Sobeys 1st Year Cadet Achievement Award from Dave Herman. 

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Jim Kerr presents the Top Junior Cadet award to his daughter Annika.

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Kerr presents the top senior award to Robert Lafreniere.

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The Level 1 award was presented to Andres Mar Morales.

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The level 2 award was presented to Nick Morrison.

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The Level 3 award was presented to Noah MacDonald.

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The Top Level 5 award was presented to Bradley Beaulieu.

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Long serving cadet awards (four years) were presented to (right to left) Bradley Beaulieu, Joseph Lafreniere, Brandon Steele and Robert Lefreniere.

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Joseph Lafreniere receives the Marksmanship Award.

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Robert Lefreniere (left) presents the Squadron Commander award to Noah MacDonald.

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Most Improved Cadet Award is presented to Joseph Lafreniere.

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Commanding officer Donna Roberts presents flowers to Gwen Kerr, wife of reviewing officer Jim Kerr.

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Cadets March.

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Air Cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review

Published on May 27, 2014

Air Cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review

Published on May 27, 2014

Air Cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review

Published on May 27, 2014

Maralyn Ralph, Squadron Director on the Air Cadet League of Canada and former commander of the 154 Amhersrt Anson Air Cadets, receives a 2nd Class pin and ribbon representing 22 years of service.

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Roger Ackles receives a plaque from Maralyn Ralph for his many years of service to the Air Cadets.

Published on May 27, 2014

Cadets stand at attention.

AMHERST – Young cadets contemplating a career in the Air Force can’t do much better than to take advice from Amherst resident Jim Kerr.

“A career in the military, specifically a career in the Canadian Air Force, could be one of those career paths worth looking into. I’ve certainly have no regrets,” said Kerr, who was the reviewing officer at the 154 Amherst Anson Royal Air Cadets 72nd Annual Ceremonial Review Sunday at the Amherst Armouries.

Kerr joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968, and in more than 37 years of continuous service Kerr amassed 6,000 flying hours on jets, helicopters and turbo-prop aircraft. He has flown to every province and territory in Canada, as well as every corner of the United States, having lived for a time in Virginia, Washington and Alaska.

Kerr talked to the cadets about the opportunities presented to cadets.

“How fortunate for you that you have a cadet organization and the necessary infrastructure right here in the town of Amherst,” said Kerr. “This provides you with and excellent opportunity to develop skills that will become valuable to you as you grow and develop into adults.”

Lessons learned at cadets are not the same lessons learned in school.

“In Cadets, you learn lessons like leadership, teamwork and discipline; social skills, like communication and cooperation; and practical skills like first aid, field craft, marksmanship and, most importantly, aviation,” said Kerr. “This experience will allow you to develop the self confidence to pursue any career path you choose, knowing that you can achieve anything if you commit yourself completely.”

Besides North America, Kerr also amassed flying hours during deployments in Britain, Egypt and South America.

The 154 squadron is currently fundraising for a trip to Europe, where they will take part in the VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) celebrations in May of 2015.

“Once you accomplish this goal you will surely believe the only limits you have are those you set for yourself,” said Kerr.

“For those of you completing your cadet experience I wish you the best of luck in the future,” he added. “For those of you returning, be inspired by the leadership you have seen and the opportunities made available to you.”

Kerr then presented awards to the cadets, one of which he presented to his daughter Annika Kerr. The squadron then presented flowers to Kerr’s wife, Gwen.

Many of the Air Cadets will go to camp in the summer, and before heading out for summer holidays Captain Donna Roberts, squadron commander, thanked the Cadets for their effort and hard work.

“I realize it seems I’m being hard on you sometimes, it is only because I see potential in every one of you,” said Roberts. “I’m trying to help you recognize the potential in yourself and achieve the greatness I know you are capable of.

“You are well on your way to being all you can be,” she added. “Great job all of you. You should be proud of yourselves.”

The next fundraiser for the Amherst Air Cadets is a barbecue June 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amherst Armouries.

The cadet award recipients are as follows:

AWARDS

Top Level Cadet in Levels 1 to 5 (no level four)

Level 1 Award Andres Mar Morales (Casey)

Level 2 Award – Nick Morrison

Level 3 Award – Noah MacDonald

Level 5 Award – Bradley Beaulieu

Top Junior Cadet – Annika Kerr

Top Senior Cadet – Robert Lafreniere

Most Improved Cadet – Joseph Lafreniere

Sobeys 1st Year Cadet Achievement Award – Vaiva Arraez-Gough

Squadron Commander Award – Noah MacDonald

Marksmanship Award: – Joseph Lafreniere

Commanding Officer Award: – Robert Lafreniere

Long Service Medal Award (four years) ­– Brandon Steele, Robert and Joseph Lafreniere, and Bradley Beauleau.

Graduating Cadets – Robert Lafreniere and Gabriel Arraez-Gough.

2nd Class Pin for 22 Years Service – Maralyn Ralph, Squadron Director on the Air Cadet League of Canada, and former commander of the 154 Amhersrt Anson Air Cadets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Amherst Anson Royal Air Cadets, Years Service Air Cadet League of Canada

Geographic location: AMHERST, Canada, United States Virginia Washington Alaska North America Britain Egypt South America Europe

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