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3016 Calgary Highlanders (Airdrie) Army Cadets have busy spring

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  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 11:33 am

Cadet Warrant Officer Marchessault (left) receiving her Pipe Major Appointment from Captain Rycroft (right) March 19 at Ralph McCall School.
Cadet Warrant Officer Marchessault (left) receiving her Pipe Major Appointment from Captain Rycroft (right) March 19 at Ralph McCall School.
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The past few months have been very busy at the Local Headquarters (LHQ) of 3016 Calgary Highlanders (Airdrie) RCACC. Following the Christmas break they got right back into the required training, as well as revved up their optional activities.

On Jan. 18, they travelled to Penhold to take part in the Lord Strathcona Trust Sports competition, this completion is comprised of cadets from all three elements, army, sea and air. While they returned without any hardware to show for their efforts, they represented themselves and the Airdrie area very well.

On Feb. 22, our marksmanship team travelled to HMCS Techumseh in Calgary to compete in zones, where they placed eighth. Corporal Cruickshank finished tied for second.

On March 8, we again ventured up Highway 2 to Penhold, this time to compete in the Lord Strathcona Trust Drill competition, where we placed second. The drill team was back in action on March 22 at Mewata Armouries in Calgary for the Army Cadet Southern Zones Drill Competition. After a very enjoyable day of drill, our team was awarded the bronze medal.

Following the drill competition a majority of the drill team changed from pants into their kilts and made their way to Luxstone Manor to assist with the “Blast from the Past” function.

They helped escort the seniors to the dining hall, and while other volunteers took photos and assisted in other ways, the cadets helped distribute the photos to those who were in the pictures.

The Pipes and Drums of 3016 Calgary Highlanders (Airdrie) were also active. On Feb. 27, they performed at the opening ceremonies for the Alberta Firefighters Curling Bonspiel. They performed admirably and look forward to assisting others with similar functions.

To show their appreciation to the band, the Airdrie Fire Department Honour Guard attended the LHQ, located at Ralph McCall School, on March 19 to present the Pipers and Drummers with Challenge Coins. Capt. Rycroft, the Commanding Officer, in turn presented them with a Corps Pennant. We currently have 14 cadets training in the music program, all of which will be undergoing testing on May 3 at Mewata Armouries.

On April 10 to 12, the Corps will be venturing to Ghost River Airstrip in the Wiaprous area to conduct a mandatory Navigation Field Training Exercise. While they hope for pleasant weather neither rain nor snow will deter them from completing this required element of their training.

On April 26, our corps, along with our three sister cadet corps will be joining our affiliated unit, The Calgary Highlanders as we celebrate the Battle of St. Julien Wood, with a parade in Calgary.

3016 RCACC currently has approximately 75 cadets, 20 percent of which are female, ages 12 to 18 from Airdrie and the surrounding area actively involved in productive activities promoting citizenship, as well as physical fitness.


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