Royal Canadian Air Cadets from 902 Summerland squadron have successfully completed their summer training at locations across Western Canada.
Cadets have completed intense training courses and learned leadership skills that will be of benefit at the local training centre in the coming year.
LAC Josiah Baran, LAC Paula Dunbar, LAC Gage Green, LAC Bradley Jones, LAC Quentin Wilke attended the General Training course at Albert Head in Victoria.
FCpl Katrina VanHerwaarden attended the Drill and Leadership course at Albert Head.
Sgt. Lewis Hugh-Jones attended the Survival Instructor course at Penhold, Alta.
Sgt. Alexander VanHerwaarden attended the Basic survival course at Albert Head.
FSgt. Dana McLellan attended the six-week Glider Pilot Scholarship course at Comox, B.C. and he was successful in getting his glider wings.
WO1 Patricia Henniger and FSgt. Bryce Johnston completed summer employment as Staff Cadet Instructors in Victoria, B.C. and Penhold, Alberta.
There have been developments on the support side of the organization. Tara McMillan has recently been promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. Officer Cadet Carole Johnston has successfully completed the Cadet Instructors Cadre Occupational Training course. Lt. Christel Davidsen is now the Training Officer and Captain Terry Hesla moves to Supply Officer.
Officer Cadet Simon Bambey, who aged out of the cadet program in the last training year, has been assigned to work with the Okanagan Wing Regional Gliding Operation.
The 2012-2013 air cadet training program is beginning. Cadets gain a variety of skills from hands-on training. Leadership, citizenship, flying, gliding and physical fitness are the core components. Teamwork, back-country survival training and range marksmanship are also important aspects of the cadet training program.
The 902 Summerland Air Cadet squadron is accepting applications for new recruits to join Air Cadets. Girls and boys aged 12 to 18 years of age are welcome to come out on Wednesday evenings to the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre at 9111 Peach Orchard Rd.
For more information, contact the 902 Commanding Officer, Captain Philip Paterson at 250-809-1536, or the Sponsoring Committee Chair, Anne Van Herwaarden at 250-494-1985. The 902 Summerland Cadets Local Training Centre office phone number is 250-494-7988.