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589 Car­bon­ear air cadets praised for pa­rade

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Mem­bers of the 589 Car­bon­ear Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Corps are a proud group.

You only have to watch their eyes to see the en­thu­si­asm as they march.

On May 27, at the corps’ annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view, it was no dif­fer­ent. The corps proudly pa­raded in front of the re­view­ing of­fi­cer, fam­ily, friends and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Af­ter parad­ing, the cadets set about show­ing the skills they learned over the course of the year. That ranged from a shoot­ing demon­stra­tion, pack­ing a ruck­sack and a fly­ing tu­to­rial, just to name a few.

Re­view­ing of­fi­cer Maj. Clint Mow­bray, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of 103 Search and Res­cue at Cana­dian Forces Base (CFB) 9 Wing Gan­der, praised the corps for its per­for­mance.

“I thought they did a good job with putting together a num­ber of dis­plays and per­for­mances in air cadet fash­ion,” he said.

One as­pect that es­pe­cially im­pressed Mow­bray was the work of the corps’ band.

At one point, the per­for­mance in­cluded a five-piece drum­line, as well as per­for­mances by cadets on the glock­en­spiel. While the glock­en­spiel num­ber was be­ing per­formed, War­rant Of­fi­cer I Mitchell Trick­ett kept beat on his snare

“I thought they did a good job with putting together a num­ber of dis­plays and per­for­mances in air cadet fash­ion.” — Maj. Clint Mow­bray

drum, while Lead­ing Air Cadet Vic­to­ria Han­cock pro­vided a hi-hat with her cym­bols.

Mow­bray called the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion of the band “mag­nif­i­cent.”

He said cadets are a great way to de­velop char­ac­ter in young men and women.

“Cadets learn the abil­ity to be able to talk pub­licly, to be able to work in a team and the abil­ity to lead that team,” said Mow­bray.

Cadets words

589 Air Cadets did not name a win­ner of the Lord Strath­cona trust medal, but War­rant Of­fi­cer II Jonathan Thoms did cap­ture two cov­eted awards dur­ing the re­view.

He was named the most ded­i­cated cadet and re­ceived the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion medal of ex­cel­lence.

Thoms said he was un­aware that his name had been put for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion for the medal.

“I’ve won three medals be­fore, and I look at this one the same as when I won the oth­ers,” he said.

A seven-year cadet, Thoms said this past year has been the most en­joy­able for him.

Sgt. Kelland Mercer felt the same way.

“I thought the year was ex­cel­lent. I’ve been in it now for four years and I felt that this year has been the top year,” he said.

Thoms serves as the corps band ma­jor, while Mercer plays the snare drum. Both were hon­oured as a part of the band with medals sig­ni­fy­ing their ti­tle as best cadet band in New­found­land. It was an hon­our they won at a provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

Com­man­der’s ad­dress

Capt. Jim Ash called the per­for­mance by the cadets “one of the bet­ter per­for­mances of the last few years.”

Af­ter a cou­ple of down years, 589 have ex­pe­ri­enced resur­gence in num­bers, swelling to 29 cadets.

“It has a pos­i­tive ef­fect be­cause it brings more peo­ple to the move­ment and brings more in­ter­est at the squad and com­mu­nity level,” said Ash.

Ash said the higher num­bers in the ranks helped push the per­for­mance to the heights it ex­pe­ri­enced this year.

“I think ev­ery­body today was re­ally pleased. Our band per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well … and the dis­plays were well done. I think over­all, it was a ma­jor success,” he said.

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A list of awards and re­cip­i­ents:

• Best first year — Lead­ing Air Cadet Caleb Noel; • Best sec­ond year — (tie) Flight Cpl. Sha­lyn Case and Flight Cpl. Olivia Clarke; • Best ju­nior non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer — Flight Cpl. Jes­sica Mercer; • Best se­nior non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer — Flight Sgt. Cody Hibbs; • Best in band — Flight Cpl. Heather McGrath; • Most pop­u­lar — Sgt. Kelland Mercer; • Ju­nior sharp shooter — Lead­ing Air Cadet Gre­gory Short; • Se­nior sharp shooter — War­rant Of­fi­cer I Mitchell Trick­ett; • Best dis­ci­pline — Flight Cpl. Sha­lyn Case; • Most en­thu­si­as­tic — Flight Cpl. Jes­sica Mercer; • Best in drill team — Flight Sgt. Alyssa Broom­field; • Best dressed — Flight Cpl. Olivia Clarke; • Cadet of the year — Flight Sgt. Alyssa Broom­field; • Most ded­i­cated — War­rant Of­fi­cer II Jonathon Thoms; • Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Award Of Ex­cel­lance — War­rent Of­fi­cer II Jonathon Thoms;

• Eric Chubbs Schol­ar­ship — War­rant Of­fi­cer I Mitchell Tricket.

A list of cadets:

• Lead­ing Air Cadet — Michael Avery, Brian Butt, Alan­nah Dawe, Daniel McGrath, Dy­lan Haire, Jas­mine Han­cock, Vic­to­ria Han­cock, Caleb Noel, Dy­lan Hoben, Gre­gory Short, Jor­dan Mercer, Michaela Case and Ryan Noel;

• Cor­po­ral — Nikita An­tle, Sha­lyn Case, Olivia Clarke, Pa­trick Mad­sen and Heather McGrath;

• Flight Cor­po­ral — Daniel Cur­ran, Jes­sica Mercer, Liam Simms and Devin Tobin; • Sergeant — Kelland Mercer and Ryan Har­ring­ton; • Flight Sergeant — Alyssa Broom­field, Cor­leana Simms and Cody Hibbs; • War­rant Of­fi­cer II — Jonathan Thoms; • War­rant Of­fi­cer I — Mitchell Trick­ett.

589 Air Cadets of­fi­cers:

• Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer — Capt. Jim Ash; • Tran­ing of­fi­cer/ deputy com­mand­ing of­fi­cer — Capt. Rick Quinn; • Sup­ply of­fi­cer — Capt. Blair Noel; • Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer — Capt. Judy Hoyles; • Band of­fi­cer — Of­fi­cer Cadet Bret Pil­grim; • As­sis­tant band of­fi­cer — Civil­ian Vol­un­teer Tif­fany Par­sons.

589 Car­bon­ear air cadet corps march be­hind Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, May 27.

589 Car­bon­ear air cadet corps march dur­ing its annual re­view.

589 Car­bon­ear air cadets (from left) War­rant Of­fi­cer I Mitchell Trick­ett, Lead­ing Air Cadet Brian Butt, Sgt. Kelland Mercer, Lead­ing Air Cadet Caleb Noel and War­rant Of­fi­cer II Jonathan Thoms per­form dur­ing the band por­tion of the corps’ ACR.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Maj. Clint Mow­bray speaks with Cpl. Nikita An­tle dur­ing 589 Car­bon­ear’s annual re­view.

Maj. Clint Mow­bray ad­mires the end re­sult of his air ri­fle shot along with War­rant Of­fi­cer I Mitchell Trick­ett (right) and an­other 589 cadet.

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