BARRHEAD – For the first time in three years, the members of the Barrhead #526 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS) were able to participate in their first in-person annual Ceremonial Review on June 14 at Barrhead Composite High School.
The Ceremonial Review — which was actually the 71st such event in the history of the Barrhead squadron — allowed the eight air cadets in attendance to display their best drills and pageantry before a small crowd of parents and staff who work with the cadets.
Commanding officer Capt. Susan Peters thanked the Cadets and their families for sticking it out over the past two years, acknowledging that it was a challenge being limited to mostly online events.
In spite of two years of inaction, Peters said the Cadets marched excellently and their uniforms looked spectacular.
“Next year … you guys have to come, because we will blow you out of the water,” she said.
The reviewing officer this year was Lt. Commander Dayle Pett, area elemental advisor for the Sea of Regional Cadet Support Unit.
During the event, promotions were awarded to Leading Air Cadets (LAC) Ellen Jensen, Emma Jordon and Loe Schmaus; Cpl. Corwyn Mohl; Flight Corporal Lucy Jensen; and Sgt. Carley Landals.
A number of cadets were also recognized with awards at the event. The first such presentation was the Best Junior Cadet Award, which went to Cpl. Corwyn Mohl for his exemplary attendance (88 per cent) and positive attitude. He also received the Best Attendance Award and an Outstanding Attendance Award.
The Most Improved Cadet Award, which recognizes the cadet who has shown significant advancement through training over the year, was presented to LAC Leo Schmaus.
The Outstanding Attendance Award, which is given to cadets with no more than five excused mandatory training days and nights, was presented to LAC Rachel Jensen, Sgt. Dannan Mohl, LAC Schmaus and Corwyn, as mentioned earlier.
The Best Uniform Award, which is given to the cadet who puts the most effort into being in uniform on required weeks, was presented to Capt. Ross Pentney.
Finally, two Four-Year Long Service Medals were presented to Sgt. Carley Landals and Flight Sgt. Peyton Jenson.
The presenter, Cadet League North Director Vern Toews, noted that it “speaks volumes” about the Barrhead RCACS that he was presenting two such medals in light of the past two years.
Later, Toews urged the cadets to utilize what they have learned in building their future, even though a lot of it over the past couple years was absorbed via a computer screen.
“You are in control of your future. You will take it where you want to take it,” he said.
During the event, a Royal Canadian Armed Forces Commissioning Scroll was also presented to Second Lieutenant Kris Olsen by Lt. Commander Pett.
“It’s not very often … that I get the opportunity to present a commissioning scroll to a member of the Canadian Armed Forces,” she said, noting the scroll was sent on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Olsen, who serves as the assistant training officer with the Barrhead squadron, was also presented a gift and a card signed by all the cadets.