589 Car­bon­ear cadets put on a show

Squadron holds 59th an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view


Cadet pro­grams all over the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion of­fer en­tic­ing op­tions for young peo­ple. It teaches them skills they would not oth­er­wise learn in other as­pects of their lives. Take the 589 Car­bon­ear Royal Cana­dian air cadets, for ex­am­ple. There, th­ese young peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity to learn how to be part of a team, lead­ing a team and, if they’re lucky, how to fly.

Some 67 per cent of com­mer­cial pi­lots are for­mer mem­bers of the air cadet pro­gram.

“They learn skill-sets that will take them through their whole life,” said Capt. Jim Ash, the squadron’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer.

Ash has been lead­ing the air cadet move­ment in Car­bon­ear for more than 20 years.

“I have the ut­most re­spect for cadets,” he said.

All of those skills were on dis­play June 2 when 589 Car­bon­ear held its 59th an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

In front of a packed house, cadets showed im­pec­ca­ble form while march­ing in front of the re­view­ing of­fi­cer.

Mem­bers of the band daz­zled with a highly chore­ographed rou­tine that ended with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance by the drum line.

Af­ter the band did its thing, cadets showed the crowd what they had been do­ing over the year. This meant static dis­plays show­ing glid­ers, the anatomy of an engine and, of course, a marks­man­ship demon­stra­tion.

“I thought it was an ex­cel­lent re­view,” said Ash. “The re­sponse at the ACR is al­ways amaz­ing.”

One of the in­ter­est­ing as­pects is the in­clu­sion of mem­bers of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23.

The le­gion­naires are in­vited to the fes­tiv­i­ties and given prom­i­nent seat­ing on the stage in the gym­na­sium.

“It’s im­por­tant to know where you came from,” said Ash.

“I have the ut­most re­spect for cadets.” — out­go­ing com­mand­ing

of­fi­cer Capt. Jim Ash

Re­view­ing of­fi­cer’s words

Re­view­ing of­fi­cer Capt. Craig Ball re­it­er­ated the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence the cadet pro­gram can have on young adults. It teaches them lead­er­ship, helps them ma­ture and is a men­tor­ing pro­gram that helps cadets be­come im­pact­ful mem­bers of their com­mu­nity.



• Lead­ing Air Cadet — Cassie King, Jay­den White and Josh Bar­rett; • Cor­po­ral — Ger­gory Short, Kelsie Par­sons, Jor­dan Mercer, Ryan Noel, Caleb Noel, Vic­to­ria Han­cock, Jas­mine Han­cock, Michaela Case and Michael Avery; • Flight Cor­po­ral — Sha­lyn Case, Olivia Clarke and Pa­trick Mad­sen; • Sergeant — Daniel Cur­ran and Jessica Mercer; • Flight Sergeant — Alyssa Broom­field, Kelland Mercer and Cody Hibbs; • War­rant Of­fi­cer First Class — Mitchell



• Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer — Capt. Jim Ash; • Train­ing and sup­ply of­fi­cer — Capt. Blair Noel; • As­sis­tant train­ing of­fi­cer — civil­ian in­struc­tor Rick Quinn; • Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer — Capt. Judy Hoyles; • Band of­fi­cer — of­fi­cer Cdt. Bret Pil­grim; • As­sis­tant band of­fi­cer — of­fi­cer Cdt. Tiffany Par­sons.


• Wil­liam P. Saun­ders Shield for best first year — Lead­ing Air Cadet Josh Bar­rett; • Mil­ton Peach Shield for best sec­ond year — Cpl. Jor­dan Mercer; • Branch 23 RCL Shield for best ju­nior non com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer — Sgt. Daniel Cur­ran; • Harold French Shield for best se­nior non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer — War­rant Of­fi­cer 1st Class Mitchell Trick­ett; • Wil­liam J. Sut­ton award for most en­thu­si­as­tic — Flight-Cpl. Sha­lyn Case; • Jan­ice French Shield for best dressed — Flight-Cpl. Olivia Clarke; • Leroy Noel Shield for dis­ci­pline — Sgt. Jessica Mercer; • Eric Chubbs Shield for most ded­i­cated — Cpl. Kelsie Par­sons; • Mar­lene Pen­ney Shield for ju­nior sharp­shooter — Cpl. Caleb Noel • Mar­lene Pen­ney Shield for se­nior sharp­shooter — Flight-Cpl. Pa­trick Mad­sen; • USN Ar­gen­tia Shield for most pop­u­lar — Flight-Cpl. Pa­trick Mad­sen; • Ros­siter Shield for best in band — Sgt. Jessica Mercer; • Irv­ing Ware­ham Shield for best in drill — Flight-Cpl. Olivia Clarke; • Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Award of Ex­cel­lence — Flight-Sgt. Kelland Mercer; • Lord Strath­cona Trust Medal — Flight-Sgt. Alyssa Broom­field; • Lions Shield for cadet of the year – Flight-Cpl. Olivia Clarke and FlightCpl. Sha­lyn Case.

The cadets of 589 can of­ten be seen at Re­mem­brance Day cel­e­bra­tions and other events dur­ing the year.

“What I saw to­day was an ex­cel­lent bunch of our younger gen­er­a­tion kids that are pro­cess­ing through a pro­gram that is out­stand­ing at de­vel­op­ing them into young adults,” said Ball.

On the sub­ject of the ACR, he said the cadets put on “an ex­tra­or­di­nary show.”

“They showed re­mark­able tal­ent,” said Ball. “The band was ex­cel­lent, the dis­plays were out­stand­ing and it’s a group of kids who know ex­actly what they are do­ing.”

Seneca bound

Flight-Sgt. Kelland Mercer, of Bay Roberts, took home the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Medal of Ex­cel­lence. The medal is given to the cadet who dis­plays ex­cel­lence in cit­i­zen­ship both in­side and out­side of the cadet pro­gram.

Mercer is a Level III stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts and is hop­ing to par­lay his ex­pe­ri­ences with the power glider pro­gram into a po­si­tion with the Royal Cana­dian Air Force.

Mercer is ap­ply­ing to Seneca Col­lege in Toronto, Ont., with hopes of gain­ing en­try into the bach­e­lor of avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy, which is run in part­ner­ship with the RCAF. He did not ex­pect to re­ceive the medal of ex­cel­lence at the re­view.

“I ex­pected one of my fel­low cadets to get it, but get­ting it was a big sur­prise and I’m proud to get it,” said Mercer.

Mercer, who plays the snare drum, thought he and his fel­low cadets were rewarded for all of the hard work put into the ACR ahead of time.

“We’ve been prac­tic­ing all year and put a lot of hours into it, so for it to go well, it is all worth it,” he said.


Pho­tos by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Re­view­ing of­fi­cer Capt. Craig Ball (right) chats with cadets dur­ing the 59th an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view of the 589 Car­bon­ear air cadet squadron at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate on June 2. Join­ing Ball are Flight-Sgt. Cody Hibbs (left) and War­rant Of­fi­cer 1st Class Mitchell Trick­ett.

589 Car­bon­ear’s flag party lead by Sgt. Daniel Cur­ran (front). Car­ry­ing the flags are, from left, Lead­ing Air Cadet Josh Bar­rett, Cpl. Gre­gory Short, Cpl. Ryan Noel and Cpl. Michael Avery.

Flight-Sgt. Cody Hibbs lines up a shot dur­ing the marks­man­ship demon­stra­tion.

Mem­bers of the 589 Car­bon­ear band put on an im­pres­sive dis­play dur­ing the ACR. Of­fi­cer Cdt. Bret Pil­grim (cen­tre-back) had to fill in on the bass drum.

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