The Dispatch Issue # 1, Week of Sept. 8, 2013

The Dispatch Issue # 1, Week of Sept. 8, 2013


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Issue 1

Week of Sept. 8, 2013


Attention All Cadets

The first cadet parade of the 2013-14 Cadet Training year

will be held tomorrow evening

Monday, September 9, 1900 hrs at:

The “Squadron Head Quarters” 254 Centre Street

After a very rewarding and successful summer training period the squadron is once again ready to resume its normal fall and winter training program. There have already been several staff and NCO meetings to prepare for another very active and dynamic training year.  NCOs’ have been assigned to fill the various positions such as recruit training staff and there have been several other positive changes made to the organization.

The first night back will be mainly devoted to administration concerns. Cadets can expect the evening to be somewhat hectic as the Squadron will have to cope with a number of important administrative issues such as;

            a. Reviewing the cadets records to update any changes to a cadet’s address, telephone number etc.

            b. Having cadets sign up for the sale of lottery tickets.

            c. Tag day sign up

            d. Supply issues

            e. Promotions


New Recruits

If readers know of youth who are interested in becoming an air cadet in our squadron

please let them know that a Parent/Cadet information Night will be held at

Rotary Hall, 254 Centre Street, Oshawa 

7.30 PM, Monday, September 16, 2013 .

The Parking is available across the road at Village Union P.S., access off of Gibb Street.  The briefing will last about 1 hour with time for questions at the end.

To prepare for the recruit course please review the information on our squadron website,

The forms to join cadets are available on the squadrons website.

Please download the Recruit Application Package, complete the forms and give to the recruiting staff on the information night.

Please remember new recruits must provide one of the following forms of Identification:

Canadian Birth Certificate or

Canadian Passport or

Canadian Citizenship Card or

Canadian Landed Card

Please also show your Ontario Health Card.

We quite often hear that parents and young people have never heard of the Canadian cadet program and the amazing opportunities that are available to youth in this organization.  Remember you are one of the people who know about this program and its activities. Make sure you take a moment to let people know about the Squadron and how youth can join the air cadets.


Air Rifle Marksmanship Clinic

Rotary Hall

Saturday September 14th,

On Saturday we will be running an open marksmanship clinic at the hall from 12 to 5 PM. 

This will be on opportunity for cadets to learn about the marksmanship team, range safety, shooting techniques, as well as, have a chance to test out their skills.


Cadet of the Week

As this is the first week back after the long summer break there will be no cadet of the week in this issue or next week. However as soon as our regular training parades are well under way the NCOs’ will be back once again looking for outstanding cadets to feature in the Dispatch. If you would like to see your photo in our newsletter,  it’s easy, just be the sharpest cadet on a Monday evening training parade and your photo will appear.


Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

You will notice that the membership list for our Squadron’s most noble order of achievement and recognition is now totally blank. The reason is quite simple. Cadets who may have received this award last year must now in accordance good Air Force tradition re qualify, if they wish to have their names published below.

We are looking for hard working, sharp cadets who indeed meet the standards of the Royal Order of the Glassy Boot. So there be no doubt the standard for acceptance has not been revised, simply stated, if it’s not glass all around you need not apply for only the best are allowed membership in this Society.

The challenge is there, if you wish to see your name below start working on your boots today. Last year 30 members of the Squadron succeeded in gaining membership in this exclusive order. This year or goal is to get at least 50 cadets on this list.


The Annual Boat Race in the Moat at the Bishop’s Palace

City of Wells, Devon England

26th August  2013


A year ago it was our cadets who were in a photo such as this. We just wanted to let our cadets who went to England  know that there was race again this year This year’s event was a resounding success. Even better was the fact that 11 of the 31 teams competing came from six Air Cadet squadrons. It was a glorious day for the event, with massive crowds watching the races and cheering the weary teams on.

The Air Cadet Shield was a close fought affair. The first 3 from each heat went into the final, but eventually ‘Gibson’s Guys’ pulled ahead, and took the trophy for 1955 (City of Wells) squadron The six squadrons taking part this year were: 1955 (City of Wells), 1182 (Shepton Mallet), 914 (Glastonbury & Street), 1031 (Frome), 2381 (Ilminster) and 1064 (Honiton).


A highlight of the afternoon was the flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Hurricane – a great spectacle, with the crowd cheering as the aircraft flew over the moat. Also assisting with starting was Wing Commander Brian Wills-Pope MBE.  At the end of the afternoon the competitors and spectators had the added bonus of seeing 12 hot air balloons launch into the clear blue sky – a great sight to end a great day.



I would like to take this opportunity to welcome each and every cadet and staff member back to the Squadron.  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer break.  The staff have been busy preparing an exciting training schedule and a great list of extra activities for the upcoming year.  You will notice that there are a number of staff changes and these will be explained in the coming weeks.   Please make sure that you are in attendance on Monday night and have both your Squadron ID card and your provincial health card with you, it will be a hectic evening, but the administration needs to be done at the beginning of every year.  If there are any changes to your address or phone number, please make sure you have them available for the staff to copy down.  Supply will be in operation tomorrow night, if you require new uniform parts because you have outgrown the older things, please make sure to have the item to exchange.  

I will be climbing back on the treadmill and sharing my thoughts in the coming weeks, but for now, be prepared to hit the ground running for this training year, we are going to be busy and you don’t want to get left behind.  

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week.

Major Bliss


Aviation Photo Of the Week


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