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Nelson Air Cadet Commanding Officer, Gerry Rempel, receives medal

By Contributor
March 8th, 2015

Photo Caption: Captain Gerry Rempel receives a medal from Major Kevin DeBiasio, ACICO (West Kootenays). — Submitted photo

Captain Gerry Rempel, Commanding officer of 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets received the first Bar to his CD (Canadian Decoration) during a recent ceremony.
The Canadian Decoration recognizes 12 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Each Bar recognizes a further 10 years of service.  Captain Rempel has now completed 22 years of service.
Captain Rempel has been the Commanding Officer of Osprey Squadron for 7 years.  Previously, he was the Commanding Officer of 581 Castlegar Squadron.
Captain Rempel is a member of the CIC (Cadet Instructor Cadre) branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Members of the CIC are part time members of the Canadian Armed Forces and volunteer their time to help the youth in their local community.
561 Nelson Osprey Squadron meets every Wednesday night during the school year and during the summer the Cadets have the opportunity to attend summer courses at various training locations across Canada.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence has been training youth in Canada for over 70 years. 

The Cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada. 

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. 

While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career.  Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s Aviation Industry.

For more information about 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, email

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