Top awards go to Kitimat cadets

Although the Kitimat Cadet core is rather small, they make up for it in spirit

The 2556 RCACC Kitimat Cadet Corps put on quite a show at the Annual Ceremonial Review held on June 11 at Kildala Elementary.

The reviewing party consisted of Maj. Bissell (Reviewing Officer), Lt (N) Gueguen (2556 RCACC CO), Chief Warrant Officer Sluyter (RSM), Comrade Leslie Stoneman (Legion Br. 250 vice president), and Mr.Sluyter (sponsor committee representative).

The Kitimat Core impressed the top brass with their efforts and were complimented in particular by the officers on how well-spoken they were.

Several amazing awards were handed out and family and friends were treated to a spectacular drill by the rifle drill team who practice during lunch recess at school under the watchful eye of their drill team commander, Warrant Officer Gingera.

Guests were able to browse various stations after the ceremony where cadets explained and demonstrated the various aspects of the programme.

Award recipients:

Master Corporal McIsaac

Bronze provincial marksmanship open standing individual

Bronze zone marksmanship overall

Gold zone marksmanship team

Top marksmanship award.

Cpl. Ciemniak

Most proficient Green Star cadet 2018-2019

Master Warrant Officer Toth

Lord Strathcona and long service metals

Sgt. Thomas

4th-year cadet with long service medal

Master Cpl. Durand

Bronze medal zone marksmanship; two-week expedition camp in Vernon

Warrant Officer Young

Legion Medal of Excellence and most proficient junior NCO, six-week air rifle marksmanship instructor course in Vernon

Chief Warrant Officer Sluyter

National Star of Excellence Level 1, 5-year Service Medal, staff for Vernon Cadet Training Centre

Master Cpl. Hall

Ernie Archer Memorial award for citizenship, zone marksmanship team, zone marksmanship overall winner

Warrant Officer Gingera

Commanding officers’ award for top leadership

One of the highlights of being in cadets is being able to attend various training camps over spring break and summer.

These camps are at no cost to the cadet and often require flights to Vancouver and Kelowna. Some of the cadets who have been selected for camps this summer are:

Master Corporal Durand: two-week expedition camp in Vernon

Warrant Officer Young: six-week air rifle marksmanship instructor course in Vernon

Chief Warrant Officer Sluyter: staff for Vernon Cadet Training Centre

Master Corporal McIsaac: Summer camp – Connaught CTC – Fullbore Phase One

Corporal Hall: two-week general training camp in Vernon

Although the Kitimat Cadet core is rather small, they make up for it in spirit.

They have loads of fun together, learning new skills and would love for children aged 12 years and older to join them in the Spring.

The cadets meet every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kildala Elementary gym.

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Warrant Officer Gingera receives her Commanding Officers’ Award for Leadership from Lt (N) Gueguen.

Master Corporal Hall receives the Ernie Archer Memorial award for citizenship from Chris Bishop, 747 Air Cadets Unicorn Squadron.

2556 Rifle Drill Team: Master Corporal Young, Chief Warrant Officer Sluyter, Warrant Officer Young, Master Corporal Hall, Warrant Officer Gingera - Drill Team Commander. (Photos Michelene Hall)

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