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Trio of Nelson Air Cadets receive promotions

By Contributor
March 7th, 2018

Recently, three of the members of the Nelson Air Cadets were promoted to new ranks.

Air Cadets Baldur Smith, who lives in Kaslo, and Sasha Semenick of Nelson were promoted to Leading Air Cadets.

This is the first promotion for these cadets who joined the squadron in September.

Jasper Taylor, from Nelson, was promoted from Warrant Officer Second Class to Warrant Officer First Class. This is a significant achievement for Warrant Officer Taylor. He has been in 561 Squadron for six years and this promotion is to the highest rank in the cadet system. In order to receive this promotion, Warrant Officer Taylor had to sit for a review board. Katrina Smith, the Training Officer of the Castlegar Air Cadet Squadron and Lt(N) Michelle Harris, the Commanding Officer of the Nelson Sea Cadet Corp made sure that Warrant Officer Taylor meet all the requirements of his new rank.

Over the next few months, the cadets of 561 Squadron will be busy. In April, the squadron will be going flying in powered aircraft and going on a trip to the Okanogan. In May, the cadets will be learning survival skills and going flying in glider aircraft. In the summer, several cadets will be also be going to Summer Training at locations across the province and country.

The cadets who are in high school will also be receiving the high school credits they earn while being in the cadet program.

Nelson Air Cadets meet at 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday in the Nelson Eagles Hall at 641 Baker Street.

The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18 years.

Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.

Quick Facts

  • The Cadet Program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadians opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures.
  • Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada and has over 53,000 cadets and is led by 7000 adults.


Photo Caption: Sasha Semenick of Nelson receives his promotion from Major Kevin DeBiasio during a recent ceremony. — Submitted photo

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