July & August 2014 – Summer Camps
This summer was very successful in regards to camps for the Cadets in the Corps. There were 29 Cadets who attend camp this summer (about half the number of Cadets we have). A wonderful turn out and a great opportunity for the Corps to have such a large number come back to 1292 to share their new knowledge and skills.
Friday (June 13) to Sunday (June 15) NAV FTX
A group of Red/Green/Silver Star Cadets spent the weekend at Rocky Mountain Army Cadet Summer Camp in Waiparous completing a NAV Ex. The Cadets arrived to some rain on Friday night but the weather cleared on Saturday for the 10km hike along the Waiparous Creek and into the rolling foothills.
During the hike the Cadets worked on compass and map skills. They were challenged to locate their position on a map, find North and set a bearing.
During the hike the Cadets came across signs of elk, deer and bear. This was a wonderful opportunity to build on their bush craft training.
Saturday night had a heavy rain move in as the Cadets continued building on their bush craft skills but that did not dampen their spirits. They spent time indoors until lights out developing as a team and working on various tasks.
Upon return to LHQ the Cadets were surprised as a Leopard tank rumbled into the parking lot from the Loops for the Troops event. The Strathcona troops that brought were kind enough to allow the Cadets to climb in and explore the tank. It was a great thrill for a few that missed the opportunity when we were in Edmonton for Cadet Concentration.
Overall it was a great Weekend!
Thursday (June 12) Regular Parade
Cadets paraded tonight with a kit inspection in preparation for the Nav Ex the following weekend. The Cadets also attended an Op O meeting to review the exercise and prep for the activities.
Thursday (June 5) Regular Parade
The Cadets met at the Military Museums and spent the evening viewing the Kings Own Calgary Regiment and Lord Strathcona Galleries.
Saturday (May 31) to Sunday (June 8) Cadet Tour – Italy and France
The Cadet Tour Group has returned from their incredible journey to Italy and France. They have visited many places in Cassino, Rome, Paris and the Normandy Coast.
In Cassino they visited the Polish War Cemetery and the Abby of Cassino. There were wonderful views of the town and surrounding area from the mountain. The group participated in a silent march into town over to the Cassino War Cemetery for a wonderful memorial service with several Canadian and Italian school groups and veterans groups (including a former member of the Devil’s Brigade) as well as the local people of Cassino.
In Beny-sur-mer the Cadets participated in another memorial service at the Canadian War Cemetery. There were many VIPs at this event and the weather was perfect.
Paris was a awesome with a bus tour and time visiting the Eiffel Tower, The Hotel Des Invalides Military Museum and a walking & Metro tour of the city through the Latin Quarter and all around the main tourist sites including Notre Dame Cathedral.
Highlights for most were the time spent at Juno Beach and the wonderful ceremony with the thousands of people at the Juno Beach Center. Seeing the beach first hand was emotional for some.
Watch the following video to see some of the sites from our first 3 days in Italy. You will see the Silent March with 1292 leading the hundreds of students and Cadets into the town of Cassino behind the Black Devil’s Pipe Band.
Thursday (May 29) – Regular Parade
The Cadets completed some training involving teaching skills in drill and classroom lectures. The Cadets going on the trip met with the CO to go over luggage, itinerary, safety and answer parent questions on the trip to Europe this coming week.
Several awards were handed out a closing parade. MCpl Kattenburg-schuler received his plaque for TOP SILVER STAR and WO McNiven received her Kozar Cup medal. In addition, Sgt Justin Zhu was awarded the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for his Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey activities this past year.
Congratulations to all!!!
Sunday (May 25) – ACR Day
This past Sunday was the Corps Annual Ceremonial Review. It was held at LHQ in the General Currie Building. The day started early and the Cadets did a marvelous job in creating and setting up their displays. The Cadets work as one big team to get all tasks done and everything in place for the ceremony that afternoon.
The ACR parade was held under good conditions with just enough cloud cover and wind to not overwhelm the Cadets. The parade and award ceremonies went very well with many awards handed out. The Corps greatly appreciated the RO (Lt-Col Beauchamp) and his wife presiding over the day. The Cadets put on a great show for every as after the ceremony the Cadets manned the display stations and provided all the guests with a chance to see the Cadet-life. The hotspot for the day was the Laser Rifle Range.
CONGRATS TO ALL THE CADETS FOR PUTTING ON A FANTASTIC SHOW!!!
Thursday (May 22) – Regular Parade
There were 36 Cadets on parade last night with about 6 excused absences. Under MWO Rattai the Cadets practiced the parade routine for this Sunday’s ACR. Cadets were reminded at the end of the night to be at LHQ for 0900 hrs on Sunday. Lunch for the Cadets will be provided that day by the Parent’s Society. Cadets at to come in civvies and bring their C1 uniform (or white shirt, tie and dark pants if no dress uniform has been provided yet) on Sunday.
Sgt Spencer was not able to attend the Awards Dinner last week and received his promotion to Warrant Officer while on parade.
There are several events coming up over the next month and Cadets were reminded to review the website regularly for updates and new info.
Thursday (May 15) – Annual Year End Dinner and Awards Night
Another wonderful event was held for the Corps to celebrate the Cadet Year drawing to a close. The venue was set up perfectly and attendance was incredible with 160+ Cadets, family and friends filling the room to capacity. The food provided was delicious and the attendees were able to watch a slide show of the years events on a screen at the front of the room.
Many Cadets were elevated in Star level and promoted to new ranks. Door prizes abounded and there was an incredible table of items for the Silent Auction up for bids. HATS OFF TO THE 1292 SUPPORT SOCIETY for the fantastic job in coordinating this event and making it an incredible evening for the Cadets and their families.
Sunday (May 11) – Return of Silver
The Silver Star cadets who participated in the Expedition outing this past weekend came back with smiles on their faces and were exhausted from the snowshowing and physical activities that they completed at the Lower Kananaskis Campground. The weather was somewhat cooperative and they stayed dry and warm despite the extra snow that fell a few weeks back. Congrats to these cadets for completing this phase of training.
Thursday (May 8) – Regular Parade
Cadets practiced for the ACR and then met with a guest speaker. Mr. Zac Trolley provided a spellbounding presentation on the Mars One Project that is currently going through the selection process. The Cadets had many questions on the mission, the risks, and leaving family behind.
After the break the Cadets had a chance to view the Drill Team video from the Kozar Cup.
On the closing parade the Cadets were reminded of the Silver Star expedition, the dinner and the upcoming ACR.
Friday (May 2) to Sunday (May 4) – Kozar Cup
On May 3 the 1292 Drill Team participated in the 2014 Kozar Cup in Edmonton. This competition coordinated by the Alberta Army Cadet League brings Army Cadet Corps from across Alberta in a Drill Competition.
After a short sleep due to a travel delay the Cadets woke up and began the day practicing routines for the competition. Due to a misunderstanding with the program outline the Cadets were informed of the need for a third routine. Taking the task in stride, the Cadets learned the routine in 90 minutes and presented it with incredible energy and determination.
Another last minute change was to drop the Rifle component of the Free Style part. The Cadets made this decision based on several factors and with the leadership of C/MWO Work they put together a third routine. They did this with 1 hr of practice time on an outdoor parade square in very cool and windy conditions. Doing this was no easy task. Mr Williams, 2Lt Badminton, Mrs Work and Mr King were extremely proud of watching them perform the 3 routines with incredible detail and presence as they “owned” that parade square. They impressed the crowd, VIPs and Judges with the sequences as their boots echoed with “thunder” as they completed each movement. They truly lived up to the Corps Motto of PERSERVERANCE.
In addition to taking TOP PLACE in the competition there were two other awards presented to members of the 1292 Drill Team:
Top Cadet was awarded to C/MCpl Fred Vivian.
For the second year in a row, C/MWO Brandon Work was presented with the MWO Fred Bottle Award as Top Drill Commander for the Competition. This also follows his winning the Pinnacle Award as Top Drill Commander at the 2014 Speilman Cup Drill Competition for the Army Cadet Southern Region.
The celebration provided by the parents and family who met the bus was greatly appreciated by the Cadets. They wish to thank you all very much for your support.
Thursday (May 1) Regular parade night
Tonight the Cadets practiced for the ACR in the back compound for the first 2/3 of the night. After Break the Drill team completed another practice and the other Cadets met with Mr King to go over the static display plans for the ACR.
At the end of the night we awarded the Weekend Warrior prizes to the Jr and Sr Cadets. The Junior winner was Tpr Chauvin who was awarded a nice set of binoculars for working hard, having a smile on his face the whole weekend and his enthusiasm during every activity. The Senior winner was MCpl Cruikshank. Due to his hard work, leadership and positive attitude during the weekend he was awarded a watch.
Cadets were reminded that the Drill Team was off to the Kozar Cup this weekend, there is Optional Training on Sunday, and that the last few Silver Stars who have not handed in their offer sheets for the Expedition Weekend on May 9-11 must do so or they will not be able to attend.
Friday (Apr 25) to Sunday (Apr 27) – FTX OPERATION SPRINGBOARD
Cadets were out at Rocky Mountain Training Center (45 km NW of Cochrane) participating in one of the required Bivouac Exercises. Although the weather was not very cooperative on Friday night and Saturday, the Cadets participated in several activities such as Navigation exercises, hiking, Bushcraft work and even had a few spirited rounds of tug-of-war between the two troops. Sunday was a beautiful morning with a cloudless sky and the Cadets completed tear-down and packing in much better conditions. The bus arrived late but the Cadets were still back at LHQ before the planned dismissal time.
Thursday (Apr 24) Regular parade night
Cadets going on the exercise brought in their kit for pre-Ex inspection and loading on the Corps trailer. Most of the Cadets then went outside and participated in some Map and Compass refresher for the coming weekend activities. The Drill Team had a practice session. After break the Corps completed some ACR practice.
Thursday (Apr 17) Regular parade night
Regular parade night. Cadets practiced for ACR and met as a group to discuss the event and begin plans for static displays as groups. The Drill team continued practicing for the coming Kozar Cup. At closing parade the Cadets were reminded of the coming FTX and Silver Star Expedition weekend..
Friday (Apr 11) to Sunday (Apr 13) – CADET CONCENTRATION 2014
This past weekend three Cadet Corps visited with the Lord Strathcona Horse (Royal Canadians) Regiment at CFB Edmonton. Evansburg (3070 RCACC), Mayerthorpe (2716 RCACC) & Calgary (1292 RCACC). The Cadets had a wonderful time experiencing life as a member of the Regiment. The Cadets were able to visit static displays. The highlight was the opportunity to ride on the Leopard 2 tank off-roading in the wet and muddy conditions.
The Cadets visited the Regimental Kit Shop for souveniers. They ate at the Shared Mess Building. It was a popular spot for them due to the awesome food and the chance for the Cadets to be amongst officers and NCM’s of the PPCLI, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Field Ambulance, the Lord Strathcona’s, Royal Canadian Artillery, and even a US Army Colonel. The Cadets were extremely well behaved and greatly appreciated the men and women of the Strathcona’s who showed them an incredible time. Smiles abounded throughout the weekend. There were several tired individuals on the bus ride back to Calgary.
Thursday (Apr 10) Regular parade night
Regular parade night with the added bonus of 4 cadets receiving their 3 year Cadet Service Medals (MWO Bayona, MWO Rattai, MWO Schnieder and WO Gathercole). In addition, our League Rep Ms Melanie Gilmore presented the RSM and CO with a Certificate marking the 60th Anniversary of the creation of 1292 as a Cadet Corps.
After the opening parade the Cadets split off into two groups and watched documentaries on the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan as part of their Canadian Forces Familiarization modules about events in Canadian Military History.
The Cadets were reminded that they needed to be at the LHQ for 1800 hrs on Friday to load the bus for the trip to visit the LdSH (RC) Regiment at CFB Edmonton. The bus leaves at 1830 hrs sharp.
Monday (Apr 7) to Wednesday (Apr 9) SCUBA NIGHTS
Several Cadets participated in an Intro to Scuba at The Dive Shop. The Cadets had a great time and the staff at the location were wonderful. The Cadets learned basic skills while diving in the training pool at the location. The practiced in the shallow end with the two instructors and then had an opportunity to go into the deep end (3.7 M) and work on the newly learned skills. It was an awesome experience for all.
Sunday (Apr 6) – Optional Training
The Cadets set up the laser rifles for marksmanship practice in the morning. The Band stayed at LHQ and practiced. Lunch of hot dogs, chips and a drink were provided. After lunch the Cadets played badminton and did some fitness work.
The Drill Team practiced for the Kozar Cup that is being held in just under 4 weeks.
Saturday (Apr 5) – Battle of Vimy Ridge Commemoration Parade
During this important remembrance of the Valiant Courage and Fortitude that Canadian Troops displayed in April 1917 the Southern Army Cadets gathered at almost 200 strong to parade and remember the fallen from the action that history says “Defined us as a Nation”. The weather was perfect and the parade of the many different Cadet Corps was wonderful to see. The Cadets viewed a video on Vimy and also had the opportunity to visit the different displays in the museum.
Thursday (Apr 3) – CO’s Parade
During the night the Cadets practiced for the ACR and then met as a group to discuss what will happen during the ACR. They also came up with ideas for displays to be set up that day.
Tonight was CO’s Parade and several Cadet’s were promoted. The majority were from Cadet to Trooper. There was a Corporal to Master Corporal and several Warrant Officers promoted to Master Warrant Officer.
Sunday (Mar 30) – Optional Training
The band visited HMCS Tecumseh and practiced with Undaunted’s band from 10 am to 1115 hrs. It was another good learning opportunity as the band continues to improve and grow as a troop. The remaining Cadets assisted Mr McMahon in emptying out much of the Training Office and reorganizing the desks with some stellar carpentry work to align the space to better suit both our needs and the PPLCI Training staff.
The Drill Team began work on their Precision Routine for the upcoming Kozar cup in Edmonton. They are incorporating a twist that brought smiles to the Cadets faces. They worked hard as they learned the concepts and movements.
Thursday (Mar 27) – Regular parade night
Cadets worked on Map and Compass skills. Several Warrant Officers sat the Promotion Merit Board interviews. We recieved the new Corp recruiting banner from Ms. Melanie Gilmour. Cadets were reminded of Regiment visit on Apr 11-13, the Vimy Commemoration Parade on Apr 5, and that the Scuba nights are set (handouts given) for Apr 7-11. Drill Team practice dates were set for Sunday afternoons starting Mar 30.
Sunday (Mar 23) – Optional Training
Cadets enjoyed spirited games of floor hockey and volleyball. Members of the Corps staff (including the CO) participated in several games. Loads of fun occurred with everyone then enjoying a Pizza Lunch provided by Mr. McMahon. In the afternoon some training with the new laser rifles and more physical fun was had.
Thursday (Mar 20) – Regular parade night
The cadets met in the large classroom to review map reading and navigation. The Drill team worked diligently during the evening for the Drill Competition. Permission slips and Warning Orders were also handed out for the annual visit to the Regiment in Edmonton.
Monday (Mar 17) – Drill Team practice
Several cadets met to work out the final bugs in the team routine for Saturday’s competition at Mewata.