Army strong in Is­land Cove

2797 cadet corps per­forms well dur­ing an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The band of the 2797 army cadet corps in Up­per Is­land Cove is some­thing to be­hold.

At the corps 47th an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at St. Peter’s El­e­men­tary in Up­per Is­land Cove on May 11, the band moved with laser-like pre­ci­sion.

Ev­ery turn was on time, and ev­ery note was hit. Each mem­ber moved as one co­he­sive unit, mak­ing sure each in­stru­ment was in time with the other.

The band seam­lessly moved be­tween “The Saints Come March­ing In,” “God Save the Queen” and the national an­them.

In an im­pres­sive dis­play of snare drum­ming and glock­en­spiel­ing, Mas­ter Cpl. Kyle Mercer and War­rant Offi- cer Jo-Lee Sparkes rat­tled off a ver­sion of the surf rock tune “Wipe Out.”

When they were fin­ished, the some 50 peo­ple in at­ten­dance rose to their feet and ap­plauded the ef­fort.

The band was one the as­pects high­lighted by re­view­ing of­fi­cer Maj. John Mutrey.

“I want to say that the band rocks,” he said.

The Car­bon­ear na­tive said he was hon­oured to be at the school and act as the re­view­ing of­fi­cer for the 2797 corps.

Mutrey started by com­ple­ment­ing the cadets on their dress.

“It is very ev­i­dent that you take great pride in your uni­forms and in this or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

Then, Mutrey went into com­ple­ment­ing the cadets on all as­pects of the re­view.

From their ri­fle drill to a demon­stra­tion of phys­i­cal train­ing, Mutrey was im­pressed by it all.

“The drill was fan­tas­tic, the weapons han­dling was su­perb and I was very pleased to see the safety as­pects come into play as well,” he said.

The young men and women who take part in cadets are some of the most ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity. They spend count­less hours vol­un­teer­ing their time with var­i­ous causes at any time dur­ing the year.

“Cadets, thank you for all of your hard work in sup­port­ing your com­mu­nity,” said Mutrey. “It’s great to see young cadets demon­strat­ing good cit­i­zen­ship, dis­ci­pline, lead­er­ship and a sense of pur­pose in your daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

“That’s great to see. There are far too many kids now that are play­ing Nin­tendo or Xbox or Playsta­tions far too of­ten.”

Of­fi­cer’s words

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Capt. Cindy Dob­bin also had high praise for the work her cadets did at the re­view.

“You cadets did a fab­u­lous job. You can pat your­selves on the shoul­der for that be­cause it was awe­some,” she said. “This has been a very busy year for 2792, and it cer­tainly wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out our cadets.”

Of course, there is an­other side of hav­ing a ded­i­cated cadet. It is hav­ing ded­i­cated par­ents.

“Keep­ing your young men and women, your sons and your daugh­ters com­ing back to us ev­ery sin­gle week, sup­port­ing them and telling them and show­ing them how im­por­tant it is to be a part of some­thing so great,” said Dob­bin.

Lord Strath­cona

This year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Lord Strath­cona Trust Medal for the 2797 army cadet corps was War­rant Of­fi­cer Jo-Lee Sparkes.

The medal is pre­sented to the cadet who shows ex­em­plary per­for­mance in phys­i­cal and mil­i­tary train­ing.

The Level II stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate had no idea she would be re­ceiv­ing the highly cov­eted award.

“It is prob­a­bly my high­est ac­com­plish­ment in cadets since I’ve been here. It’s amaz­ing,” said Sparkes.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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