Army cadets wrap up year with annual review
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 11:13 am
The Airdrie 3016 Army Cadets’ year came to end at the 27th annual ceremonial review at Genesis Place, June 8.
Under the watchful eye of guest of honour, reviewing officer Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Michael Vernon, and a handful of dignitaries, the corps completed its season-ending inspection and handed out a number of awards.
“The review was absolutely outstanding this year,” said the corps’ representative Kathleen Closs Walroth. “(Vernon) came to the review about three years ago when there was about 20 cadets and different leadership and he said there was a huge difference.
“It has come so far under the leadership of C.O. Cpt. Tanya Mark and it’s absolutely amazing. They were the top drill and ceremony team in Alberta this year.”
Walroth added that it was an honour for the corps to host Vernon and the other dignitaries, especially seeing as the inspection usually only includes three reviews. This year’s inspection included seven.
Vernon, currently a journalism professor at Mount Royal University, retired from the Canadian Forces in 1994 to pursue his journalism career. He joined CBC Calgary and reported from Afghanistan in 2002.
He joined the Calgary Highlanders in 1999, the organization under which the Airdrie corps falls, and assumed command of the Regiment in 2007. In 2007, he produced a documentary for the Canadian Army from Afghanistan.
He joked that the Airdrie corps had been “robbed” in not being named the top corps in the province for a third straight year. The 1292 Calgary Cadet Corps was named tops in Alberta.
The corps also handed its annual awards at the ceremony.
L.C. Rent was awarded the Green Star while Cpl. Eldrige was awarded the Red Star. Master Cpl. E. Eldrige won the Silver Star award. Top Cadet honours went to W.O. Martin while Eldridge also won the Commanding Officer’s Award.
The Lord Strathcona medal was presented to W.O. Undershoot while Sgt. Marchassault was presented the Legion Medal of Excellene.
W.O. Martin and Master Cpl. McLellan were tops for the male and female fitness awards while Sgt. Downey was named most proficient bandmember. Sgt. Morrison was awarded most improved cadet while Cpl. Kathler was named top marksman.
The ceremony also marked the last for retiring cadets Chief Warrant Officer Brock Yates and Master Warrant Officer Dean Marchassault.
Walroth said the leadership of Yates and Marchassault was part of the corps’ success this season.
“They’ve been in cadets since they were eligible at 12,” she said.
“They used to be one of the young cadets, so when you see them out there and leading their sections, it’s great.”
The last time Vernon visited Airdrie three years ago, the corps only had 20 cadets, a number that has grown to more than 80. Walroth is hoping that number continues to grow.
“Young kids might not think it’s something they’d want to do,” she said. “If you like the outdoors, having fun, learning and challenging yourself or even if you’re looking to come out of your shell, it’s an outstanding opportunity.”