FRIENDS and family of the members of the 747 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and their supporters gathered under sunny skies last night outside the squadron’s headquarters hall at the Northwest Regional Airport for the squadron’s annual review.
Nearly 20 awards were presented for everything from best attendance to marksmanship to cadet of the year to a medal of honour presented by Branch 13 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Based in Terrace since 1963, the squadron this year has 55 cadets, 18 girls and 37 boys, making it the largest of its kind in the north.
Two awards of note were the Lord Strathcona Medal, which went to Flight Sgt. Jared Christiansen, and Cadet of the Year, which went to Flight Corporal Nicholas Hamer.
The Lord Strathcona Medal is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet and was presented by Commander Andrew Muir.
Muir is in charge of cadet support for the Pacific region and was the reviewing officer last night.
In a short speech, Muir thanked parents and supporters for their interest in the 747 Squadron.
“Your support is vital to the success of the squadron,” he said.
Cadets, Muir continued, learn leadership and teamwork, essential elements as they enter adulthood.
Although the review ended official activities this year for the squadron, a number of cadets will be taking summer courses in everything from aviation to survival training to music at locations throughout B.C. and Alberta.