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Three Nelson Air Cadets promoted to new ranks

By Contributor
April 13th, 2017

The 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets saw a trio of cadets promoted to new ranks during a ceremony earlier this month in Nelson.
Ronald White was promoted from Corporal to Flight Corporal.
Kia Thomson and Caiden Thompson received their first promotion since joining six months ago to the rank of Leading Air Cadet.
Spring will be busy for the Squadron as they will be travelling to Calgary for 4 days in April.  In May, the cadets experience the thrill of flight by flying in the Air Cadet League owned Gliders and Tow Planes, will be out in the bush for a weekend learning survival and leadership ships and will also wrap up their training with the Annual Ceremonial Review on May 30.
The squadron meets every Wednesday from 6:15-9:00 p.m. in the Nelson Eagles Hall at 641 Baker Street.
The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.
The Cadet Program is a community-based organization that requires the support of dedicated adult leaders to be successful. Adult leaders are needed to train, administer and supervise the youth involved in the Cadet Program. Training, pay and uniforms are provided for those that choose to join the Canadian Armed Forces as a Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) officer.
CIC Officers work with cadets an average of one night and one weekend day per week, with additional time devoted to organizing and planning activities. Many of them also spend their summers instructing cadets at one of the 22 cadet summer training centres or accompany cadets on competitions, expeditions or foreign exchange visits.

CIC officers instruct cadets on the wide variety of skills and knowledge that is contained in the Cadet Program. They also provide coaching and mentorship and become role models for our youth.

Quick Facts:

  • Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada
  • Cadets are able to attend Summer Training Courses that are from 2 to 7 weeks in length and is no cost to the cadets.

Photo Caption: Kia Thomson was one of three cadets to receive his promotion from Major Major Kevin DeBiasio during a ceremony earlier this month. — Submitted photo

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