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Estevan Air Cadets hold ceremonial review and honor award winners

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The 30th Wylie-Mitchell Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron concluded another year by hosting its 83rd Annual Ceremonial Review and Awards Ceremony on May 21 at Wylie-Mitchell Hall.

ESTEVAN – Estevan’s No. 30 Wylie-Mitchell Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron concluded another year of training, education, discipline, camaraderie and fun by hosting their 83rd Annual Ceremonial Review and Awards Ceremony May 21 at Wylie-Mitchell Hall.

Commandant Connie Hagel said the evening was a graduation for the cadets, their parents and the officers, recognising the work the cadets have done throughout the year and giving them the opportunity to show their parents what they have done and accomplished during a drill inspection.

Councillor Kirsten Walliser attended the event along with the representative from the Royal Canadian Legion Estevan and the representative from the Air Cadets League. Walliser toured the squadron, chatted with members and presented some of the awards, as did other dignitaries and squadron personnel.

“It’s an opportunity for them to show what they’ve learned and accomplished throughout the year,” Hagel said.

Three cadets gave speeches, the drill team performed a routine, and the band played “O, Canada” and “God Save the King.”

Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Moksh Rabari was awarded the overall best cadet by Walliser.

The award for the best first-year cadet, sponsored by Ray Marchand and presented by Hagel, went to Senior Air Cadet (LAC) Eliyah Cinnamon. Marchand, who passed away in 2013, was a long-time member of the Wylie-Mitchell Air Cadets No. 30, serving as an officer and member of the parent committee.

The award for the best second year cadet, presented by Captain Danielle Fleury, went to Corps Sterling Abtosway and Marc Nathan Boullassa.

The award for Best Third Year Cadet, presented by Civilian Instructor (CI) Carrie-Jo Niebergall on behalf of the Dunbar family, went to Flight Cpl. Jenna Fleury.

Hagel presented FSgt. Joelle Cinnamon with the award for best shot.

The award for the cadet with the greatest improvement in performance was presented to FCpl. James Salmasan and LAC Adalyn Jones-Christopherson.

The Top Volunteer award in memory of Irene Dotty was presented to Cpl. Maddex Steinke-Larivee by Danielle Fleury. Dotty, who lived in the Carlyle area with her husband Jack and passed away last fall, first became involved in the Air Cadet program in 1975, the first year women were allowed to participate. She served as secretary of the Parent Council for eight years and was then nominated to the Air Cadet League Provincial Committee. In 1984, she was nominated to the National Committee and was the first woman on the Air Cadet League Committee. In 1994, she became the first female president of the National Air Cadet League.

The award for drill and conduct was presented by Walliser to WO1 Rabari and FSgt. Joelle Cinnamon.

The Esprit de Corps Award went to LAC Ayesha Duran and was presented by Heinrickson.

The “Best Dressed in Ranks” award was presented by Walliser to LAC Eliyah Cinnamon.

The “Best Dressed Overall” award went to FSgt. Joelle Cinnamon and was presented by Danielle Fleury.

Also presented that evening were the attendance awards, presented by Niebergall. The pins are given to cadets who have had at least 75 percent attendance at all mandatory training activities and fewer than five absences from mandatory weekend activities.

Recipients of the Level 1 badge were LACs Wilson, Simpson, Dixon, Patal, Schott, Cinnamon, Tokarchuk and Desjarlais and Cadets Fisher and Tamblyn. The Level 2 badge went to Cpls. Howard, Kienlen, Steinke-Larivee, Burlasa, Barbour, Abtosway, Schott and Pick, LAC Mosley and Cadet Adaya. The Level 3 badges were awarded to FCpls. Fleury and Salmasan. The Level 4 badge was presented to FSgt. Cinnamon. The Level 5 badges went to WO1 Rabari and FSgt. Leigh.

Hagel noted that they recruited 18 new cadets last year, so the squadron now has a total of 38 cadets. FSgt. Leigh is graduating this year, but Hagel said they are seeing a lot of new recruits right at the start of the new year because the program is very exciting.

“We're going sailing this weekend, we're doing an orientation day where we're getting familiar with the map and compass. This is the second time this year that we've been sailing,” said Hagel. “The cadets are really enjoying every aspect of it and especially the camps.”

Air Cadets begin deployment in late June, with some camps available throughout the summer.

“We have six cadets that applied for the camps. So far we haven't heard which ones are going. Hopefully they all go. And then we all stay until the fall. And in the fall we do our open house again. … And then there are a couple more campouts, and we've done a lot more with other squadrons, which lets the kids meet other cadets,” Hagel said.

She noted that new recruits are accepted throughout their active year. Applications can be submitted once a child turns 12. To apply, people can contact Hagel or come to Wylie-Mitchell Hall any Tuesday during the flight cadet year and bring a health card and birth certificate.