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Local army cadets host annual review


TRURO – With a steady hand and powerful voice, Jordan Atkinson lead her fellow cadets through until the end.

Atkinson, the Chief Warrant Officer of the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was the Regimental Sergeant Major for the 40th annual ceremonial review held Sunday at the Colchester Legion Stadium.

Dr. John Hamm was the reviewing officer and told the cadets they had a “good” inspection.

“Your hard work was very well in evidence,” he said, addressing the young cadets, including those in the pipes and drums band, before him. “Your quality of dress in the parade is exemplary.”

Hamm, who participated in his final cadet review this same month 60 years ago, told those gathered today’s success is contributed by their instructors.

“What you have learned through the cadet program, all are lessons regardless of what’s pursued later in life,” he said, adding Sunday was an honour of their achievement. “To wear this uniform is an honour, and it’s an honour that is earned.”

Hamm talked about the importance of wearing the country’s uniform and the responsibilities that came along with it. He talked about his cadet experience being a good one, something he knew would be the same for the cadets in the stadium.

“The lessons you’ve learned as a cadet will stay with you for a lifetime,” he said.

Major Charlie Keough, who was presented with his own commendation for 32 years served with the cadet program, said he’s not concerned about the future.

“The cadet program offers leadership, citizenship and physical fitness to the youth of our country, and by the looks of things, we’re in pretty good hands.”

Following the review, which saw a number of awards handed out, including five to Atkinson, the cadets held band and drill demonstrations. Displays of marksmanship, biathlon, and fieldcraft/bushcraft were set up as well.

The cadets participated in a number of special events throughout the year, including field training exercises, many parades such as Remembrance Day and the Battle of the Atlantic, a biathlon zone competition, bagging groceries and hosting a Christmas dinner, hosting a barbecue fundraiser, and even competing in a shoulder-to-shoulder shoot.

 

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AWARD WINNERS:

-       Top Green Star: MCpl Corbin Brundin

-       Top Red Star: MCpl Olivia Shillington

-       Top Silver Star: Sgt. Andrew Ellis

-       Top Gold Star: WO Luke Dillman

-       NSE Knives: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Top Male Biathlete: Sgt. Andrew Ellis

-       Top Female Biathlete: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Top Shot Scoring, Grouping and Standing: WO Michael Kommes

-       Top Fitness: Sgt. Cali Bruce

-       Most Improved Bandperson: MCpl Noah Green

-       Best Attendance: Sgt. Mackenzie Archibald

-       Best Uniform: WO Luke Dillman

-       Top Drill Instructor: WO Ashton Adey, Sgt. Cali Bruce

-       Top Classroom Instructor: WO Rachel Murphy

-       Top Recruiter: Cpl Jordan Fisher

-       CO’s Award for Leadership: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Lord Strathcona Medal: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Cadet Legion Service Medal: WO Michael Kommes

-       Top Overall Cadet: CWO Jordan Atkinson

Atkinson, the Chief Warrant Officer of the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was the Regimental Sergeant Major for the 40th annual ceremonial review held Sunday at the Colchester Legion Stadium.

Dr. John Hamm was the reviewing officer and told the cadets they had a “good” inspection.

“Your hard work was very well in evidence,” he said, addressing the young cadets, including those in the pipes and drums band, before him. “Your quality of dress in the parade is exemplary.”

Hamm, who participated in his final cadet review this same month 60 years ago, told those gathered today’s success is contributed by their instructors.

“What you have learned through the cadet program, all are lessons regardless of what’s pursued later in life,” he said, adding Sunday was an honour of their achievement. “To wear this uniform is an honour, and it’s an honour that is earned.”

Hamm talked about the importance of wearing the country’s uniform and the responsibilities that came along with it. He talked about his cadet experience being a good one, something he knew would be the same for the cadets in the stadium.

“The lessons you’ve learned as a cadet will stay with you for a lifetime,” he said.

Major Charlie Keough, who was presented with his own commendation for 32 years served with the cadet program, said he’s not concerned about the future.

“The cadet program offers leadership, citizenship and physical fitness to the youth of our country, and by the looks of things, we’re in pretty good hands.”

Following the review, which saw a number of awards handed out, including five to Atkinson, the cadets held band and drill demonstrations. Displays of marksmanship, biathlon, and fieldcraft/bushcraft were set up as well.

The cadets participated in a number of special events throughout the year, including field training exercises, many parades such as Remembrance Day and the Battle of the Atlantic, a biathlon zone competition, bagging groceries and hosting a Christmas dinner, hosting a barbecue fundraiser, and even competing in a shoulder-to-shoulder shoot.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

AWARD WINNERS:

-       Top Green Star: MCpl Corbin Brundin

-       Top Red Star: MCpl Olivia Shillington

-       Top Silver Star: Sgt. Andrew Ellis

-       Top Gold Star: WO Luke Dillman

-       NSE Knives: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Top Male Biathlete: Sgt. Andrew Ellis

-       Top Female Biathlete: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Top Shot Scoring, Grouping and Standing: WO Michael Kommes

-       Top Fitness: Sgt. Cali Bruce

-       Most Improved Bandperson: MCpl Noah Green

-       Best Attendance: Sgt. Mackenzie Archibald

-       Best Uniform: WO Luke Dillman

-       Top Drill Instructor: WO Ashton Adey, Sgt. Cali Bruce

-       Top Classroom Instructor: WO Rachel Murphy

-       Top Recruiter: Cpl Jordan Fisher

-       CO’s Award for Leadership: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Lord Strathcona Medal: CWO Jordan Atkinson

-       Cadet Legion Service Medal: WO Michael Kommes

-       Top Overall Cadet: CWO Jordan Atkinson

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