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.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF
• 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
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF
• 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.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF AWARDS AND RECIPIENTS:
• 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.”
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.
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.