Airdronian named Canada’s Most Outstanding Army Cadet
By: Kristen Spruit
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am
Six years into his budding cadet career, Airdronian Teegan Martin has already received national recognition.
The 18 year old, better known as Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Teegan Kenneth Martin with the 3016 Calgary Highlanders (Airdrie) Army Cadet Corps, was named Canada’s Most Outstanding Army Cadet by the Army Cadet League of Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion on Aug. 8.
“It’s an extreme honour. I don’t think words can fulfill what it means, that people from all across Canada that may never have met me can take the words of people who’ve seen me in action for my entire cadet life and recognize all my hard work,” said Martin.
Recipients are chosen based on their army cadet performance, community involvement and academic standings.
Earlier this year, Martin was also named the “The Best Army Cadet in Alberta,” which allowed him to be considered for the nation-wide title. He said as part of the nomination process, he submitted about 12 recommendation letters written on his behalf from past teachers and principals, the mayor and local MLA, and leaders within his cadet corps.
An official ceremony will be held within the coming weeks, although an exact date was not known as of press time, to present Martin with the award along with the 2014 General Walsh Memorial Sword – the highest national prize for an army cadet.
Martin’s Commanding Officer, Captain Kevin A. Rycroft spoke highly of the cadet.
“His entire cadet career Martin has exuded leadership, and has never shied from it, but rather embraced it and any opportunities that arose from it,” he stated, adding Martin is an “exemplary cadet, with great leadership and compassion, and as much as it is my job to teach and guide him, he also teaches and guides me.”
The George McDougall graduate is planning on attending the University of Calgary this fall to study political science, but said he sees a career with the Canadian Armed Forces in his future.
“It’s something that I’ve aspired to do since I was young,” he said, adding that cadet life “came naturally” to him when he first joined at age 12. Martin is currently spending the summer at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean, Q.C., for his indoctrination, as well as to complete is Basic Military Officer Qualifications.
Martin said he looks forward to participating in the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa this November. As a recipient of the Walsh Memorial Sword, Martin will attend as a guest of the Royal Canadian Legion as part of the Vice-Regal party, and will have the opportunity to meet the Governor General David Johnston and the Chief of the Defence Staff General Thomas J. Lawson at Rideau Hall.