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Annual Ceremonial Review for Nelson Air Cadets

By Contributor
June 17th, 2024
The Nelson Airport, and beautiful weather on Saturday, June 8, provided the backdrop for the Nelson air cadets 71st Annual Ceremonial Review.
Following the parade, the squadron command changed from Major Kevin DeBiasio to Lieutenant Brittnee Wallin.
The 41 cadets were inspected Major Greg Solomonides, the Area Elemental Advisor (Air) for the interior of BC.
For the first time, the cadets also had their own band on parade.
During the Parade, WO1 Brandon Brook was presented the Legion Medal by Nelson Legion president Bill Haire.
After the parade, awards were presented to several deserving cadets.
  • Best overall attendance – WO1 Brandon Brook (100% attendance)
  • Best Drill – WO2 Brooke Sonnichsen
  • Lt W Sinclair Award for Most Promising Cadet – Top Rookie – LAC Noah Faragher
  • Nelson Legion Top Athlete Award – F/Sgt Drae Hudson
  • Nelson Rotary Club Top Shot Trophy – WO1 Brandon Brook
  • Top Shot Junior Cadet – F/Cpl Charlotte Faragher
  • P.A.I.N.N. Award-Nethercote Family – Nelson Police Association – F/Cpl Gwen Myers
  • Salmo Legion Most Improved Cadet Trophy – Cpl Xander Hynes
  • Top Senior Cadet Award-Columbia Basin Trust – WO1 Brandon Brook
  • Top Intermediate Cadet Award-RDCK – Sgt Ryder LeBlanc

Major Greg Solomonides also presided over the squadron Change of Command.The command of the squadron was changed from Major Kevin DeBiasio to Lieutenant Brittnee Wallin. Lt. Wallin was a cadet in Nelson squadron and has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 2013.

During the summer, eight cadets from the Nelson squadron will attend summer training in Cold Lake Alberta, Vernon BC, and Quadra on Vancouver Island.
The squadron will start its 72nd training year in early September.
New cadets are welcome any time and may register online at or come to any training night in person. Cadets are between the ages of 12 and 18.
Adults who would like to volunteer with the squadron or join our Squadron Sponsoring Committee are also welcome.
For more information, you can contact the squadron by emailing
Quick Facts
  • 561 squadron was formed in 1952
  • The Cadet Program offers challenging experiences, friendships and adventure! It’s an opportunity to expand your own horizons, contribute to your community and make friends for life.
  • There are over 50,000 cadets across Canada and 43 air cadets in Nelson.
  • Cpl Xander Hynes receives the Salmo Legion Most Improved Cadet Trophy from Angela Richens. — Submitted photo

    LAC Noah Faragher receives the P.A.I.N.N. Award-Nethercote Family from Nelson Police Association Chief Constable Donovan Fisher. — Submitted photo

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