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Local Air Cadets train at Vernon Cadet Centre

By Contributor
August 16th, 2022

Two cadets from the West Kootenays recently returned home from three-week summer training courses at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. 

Flight Sergeant Kael Helgeson from 531 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, City of Trail completed the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course.

The Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course enabled Kael to develop the skills and knowledge to instruct other cadets and to lead ceremonial parades. Kael learned advanced drill, instructional techniques, and leadership. 

From 561 Nelson Osprey squadron, Sergeant Christian Faragher attended the Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course.

The Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course enabled Christian to further their personal marksmanship knowledge and skills. Christian developed the specialist skills and knowledge to help other cadets become more proficient using the cadet air rifle. During the course, Christian learned marksmanship techniques, instructional techniques, and coaching skills. 

In the West Kootenays there are cadet units in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar. Nelson has a sea cadet corps and a air cadet squadron, while Trail and Castlegar have air cadet squadrons. All four units will be starting their 2022-23 training year the first week in September. 

The units always welcome new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at

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 Canadian’s opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures. 
  • During the summer the senior cadets can attend summer training at location across the country and locally for junior cadets 
  • Cadets can receive High School credits for completing their training. 

Photo Caption: Flight Sergeant Kael Helgeson from 531 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Trail and Sergeant Christian Faragher from the 561 Nelson Osprey squadron spent three weeks in the Okanagan taking summer training courses at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. — Submitted

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