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Change of Command for Nelson Air Cadets

By Contributor
March 6th, 2019

 On Wednesday February 27th 2019  there was a leadership change for the Nelson Air Cadets.

 In a parade lead by Flight Sargent Mathew Bullen, Captain Melanie Ronaldson took command of the squadron from Major Kevin DeBiasio. The change of command ceremony was presided over by Major Scott Bissell, the Officer in Charge of the cadet program for the Interior of BC.

This ends almost three years of command for Major DeBiasio and starts a three year term as Commanding Officer for Captain Ronaldson.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Nelson Air Cadets. I leave the squadron with a great commanding officer, enthusiastic group of cadets and a great sponsor,” said Major DeBiasio.

During the evening, Captain Ronaldson received a promotion from the rank of Lieutenant to her new rank as Captain. Cadet Kenneth Doloiras received a promotion to Leading Air Cadet.

“I am excited for my new role with the squadron and looking forward to great term as Commanding Officer,” said Captain Ronaldson.

Also during the evening, Major Bissell presented Major DeBiasio with the 2nd clasp to his Canadian Decoration. This recognizes Major DeBiasio’s 32 years as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, almost all of which has been in support on the cadet program.

Over the next few months, the Nelson Air Cadets will be busy. They will be flying in powered aircraft from the Nelson Airport, gliding at the Trail Airport and learning survival during a field training exercise.

The squadron meets every Wednesday at 6:15 p/m. in the Nelson Eagles Hall, 614 Baker Street. The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Youth from the Nelson area are always welcome to join the cadet program.

For more information about the Nelson Air Cadet program, please contact Captain Melanie Ronaldson at 250-531-0394 or

Quick Facts:

  • The Cadet Program is minimal cost, while uniforms and all summer training is free of cost.
  • Cadets learn to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis through citizenship and community-service activities.
  • Air Cadets receive a foundation in aviation and aerospace related subjects. Beyond basic aviation training and familiarization flying experience, additional opportunities for air cadets include summer training in intensive advanced aviation subjects.

Photo Caption: Captain Melanie Ronaldson, who took command of the squadron, receives congratulations from Major Scott Bissell, the Officer in Charge of the cadet program for the Interior of BC. — Submitted photo

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