Members of the 747 Terrace Air Cadet Squadron were thanked for their year’s work June 15 at the squadron’s annual review held at the air cadet hall located at the Northwest Regional Airport.
More than 20 awards for individual achievements and years of service were presented before an audience of parents, friends and other guests.
The families of the cadets and squadron supporters were also thanked for their contributions.
“If it wasn’t for you, the cadets wouldn’t be here,” acknowledged guest Scott Johnson from Vanderhoof who represented the provincial arm of the Air Cadet League of Canada, the civilian organization that supports air cadet squadrons across the country.
The annual review was the 51st for the 747 Unicorn squadron which was formed in 1963.
Barry English from Terrace Pipes and Drums, one of the presenters, noted the longevity of the squadron.
“Some of these cadets here are second generation,” he said.
Major Chris Bishop from Terrace, a one time commander of the squadron and now a regional official, was the reviewing officer.
With 53 members this year, the squadron is one of 57 in B.C. and is the largest in the north.
Although the squadron’s year has now finished, a number of cadets are off to various summer camps for additional training in areas such as survival, aviation instruction and marksmanship.
The following is a list of awards presented:
Best First Year Cadets – Leading Air Cadet (LAC) Teddy Bineham, and LAC Zoe Presby.
Best Attendance – Corporal Jared Christiansen.
Best Uniform – Flight Sergeant Johnathan Haynes.
NCO of the Year – Flight Sergeant Ashley Thompson.
Most Improved Cadet: LAC Levi Vanderploeg .
Esprit De Corps – Flight Corporal Brayden Koning.
Commanding Officer’s Award – Flight Corporal Brayden Koning.
Cadet of the Year – Corporal Jared Christiansen.
Musicians of the Year – Flight Corporal Chance Soden and Noreen Sandberg.
Citizenship – Corporal Jared Christiansen.
Winter Survival – Flight Corporal Brayden Koning.
Sponsoring Society Award – LAC Teddy Bineham and LAC Zoe Presby.
Most Improved Shot – Flight Corporal Chance Soden.
Best First Year Shot – LAC Shayla Hudson.
Marksmanship of the Year – Sergeant Jason Pires and Warrant Officer First Class Christopher Bishop.
Legion Medal of Honour – Warrant Officer First Class Christopher Bishop.
Lord Strathchona Medals – Flight Sergeant Ashley Thompson.
Long Service Medals – Flight Sergeant Sam Christiansen and Flight Sergeant Alycia Iuliano.
Bar and Rosettes for Long Service – Warrant Officer First Class Christopher Bishop, Warrant Officers Second Class Nicholas Ross and Dakota Taron.
And in a first for the squadron, Flight Corporal Patrick Hamer and Flight Sergeant Johnathan Haynes were presented with bronze category Duke of Edinburgh awards.