The Dispatch, Issue #4, Week of Sept. 29, 2013

The Dispatch, Issue #4, Week of Sept. 29, 2013


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Issue 4

Week of Sept. 29, 2013


Wonder What Happened at Cadets Last Week

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Well the new recruits learned about the art of tying a perfect Windsor knot and the rest of the Squadron got a chance to check out their physical fitness level

by completing a physical fitness assessment program.


Silver Duke of Edinburgh Challenge


During the last week in August Squadron cadets enrolled in the Duke Of Edinburgh awards program completed the adventure portion of their activities. They spent 4 days and 3 over nights camping and hiking in The Frontenac Provincial Park which is located near Kingston. This proved to be a great adventure for the cadets and it brought them all one step closer to receiving their silver award.

What follows are a few of the photos taken during the trip.

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Canadian Forces Promotion

LCol Mark Larsen

The cadet organization is today no longer a recruiting agency for the Canadian Military as it was during the war years. Today it is a military oriented youth development program that offers amazing opportunities and experiences for the youth of Canada. However over the years a few of the Squadron’s cadets have chosen to make the Canadian Forces their career choice and one of those cadets is Mark Larsen a former NCO in the Squadron.

This week we would like to congratulate Mark on his recent promotion as the Commanding Officer of the 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg. The headquarters consists of about 650 Regular/Reserve/Civilian employees and 24 Detachments with another 100 or so personnel.  As the headquarters CO he is accountable for overseeing the provision of all HQ administrative support, and for liaising with 17 Wing CFB Winnipeg for support services, As the Headquarters Commanding Officer he is responsible directly to the Commander for the effective and efficient administration of 1 Cdn Air Div/CANR HQ and for all assigned military personnel and civilians.



Change of Command Ceremony #1 Canadian Air Division Head Quarters, Winnipeg 


Royal Order of the Glassy Boot

Honourable Members

F/Sgt K.Katzer, F/Sgt A.Boyden, Cpl F.Chandler, F/Sgt J.Shaw  F/Sgt S.Sheppard, F/Sgt A.Ford Williams, F/Sgt R. Bliss

As we stated in a previous newsletter there are no lifetime memberships in this unique and exclusive society. Cadets have to re qualify each and every year.

There is only one way to get your name on this list and that is to have a glossy set of boots that meet the Squadron’s standard. “Glass All Around” It may seem a waste of a cadet’s time and energy but a high shine is a reflection of the pride and enthusiasm that a cadet has not only for his or her person but for the squadron that they are a part of.


From the Treadmill

As another week draws to a close we also close the curtains on another very successful Tagging weekend.  Whoever had the pull with the weather gods, thank you.  I can’t remember a time in the past twenty something years that we have had such nice weather for the whole tagging weekend.  As I was leaving Oshawa tonight, it started raining.  Perfect timing.

A big thank you to all the cadets who tagged so many shifts, also to their parents for getting them to the tagging locations and back home again.  I know that it can be a huge inconvenience in the middle of a Saturday or Sunday to drive across town, but it certainly makes our jobs easier. 

I would also like to thank all of the officers, staff and volunteers at the Squadron who once again put in so many hours making sure it all ran smoothly.  For those who have never helped to organize a fund-raising activity such as this, it is hard to explain just how much effort is required to not only secure the locations we have used for years, but to also find new locations to tag.  This year saw us at several locations we have never been to before, it is great to see so much community support at these locations.  Probably the most notable of our new locations was the General Motors Centre for the Oshawa Generals season home opener.  This site has great potential for future tag day weekends.     

Some of the other things that kept me thinking this week; with all the focus on social media in recent bullying cases, I want to remind everyone that any cadet found to be bullying another person will be dealt with harshly.  There is no room in our family for picking on or making fun of someone else.  Always try to treat others as you would like to be treated.  As the military encourages more social media presence by cadet units, I am sure we will experience some negative things.  If we all remember that social media can be a great communication tool if used properly, and also remember that once you hit the send key, your photos or comments are out there for the rest of the world to see forever.   Please also note that sometimes cadets will be asked to join a particular Facebook page for a group they may belong to.  Just because it is a private group does not change any of the rules that are in place for the rest of the Squadron.     

That’s it for now.

Stay Safe and Have a Great Week.

Major Bliss


Aviation Photo Of the Week


Last week it was a ceremony to mark the Battle of Britain, a battle fought with Spitfires and Hurricanes. This week we have a remarkable true story about Spitfire 944. The film maker has discovered rare 16mm footage of a 1944 Spitfire crash and tracks down the pilot, now an 83-year-old World War II veteran to show him the footage. The early parts of this film consists of wartime remembrances and nostalgia for days gone by. The elderly pilot recalls his time spent with his comrades and explains the basic information involved with his aircraft. What he doesn’t know is that he is about to see, for the first time in his life, footage of his own crash. Click on the following video to see a remarkable Spitfire story.

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