4 Wing command team visits Cadet Summer Training Centre

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Cadets from Lightning Flight prepare a hot lunch during a rainy day on their Survival Instructors Course.
Photo: Jeff Gaye

Jeff Gaye

4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle and Acting Wing Chief Warrant Officer Rob Brassington visited two courses at the Cold Lake Cadet Training Centre last week.

Their first visit was to the Survival Instructor Course, where cadets were learning survival skills while also learning how to pass those skills on to cadets at their home units. The course lasts six weeks, and culminates in a four-day solo survival exercise.

Flight Sergeant Taegan Jameus of 868 Rotary Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Fort McMurray is a candidate on the course. This is her fourth summer at a cadet camp, and her second in Cold Lake.

“I do it every year,” she said. “It brings so much more structure to the summers and makes me more productive. And it’s a lot more fun.”

F/Sgt Jameus said the pouring rain last week provided an opportunity for the cadets to put their survival training and their team cohesion to the test.

“The weather hasn’t interfered with our training, it’s added more to the survival aspect of it. The rain made the tents and everything more difficult to set up,” she said. “And it definitely doesn’t make us less of a team.”

After a hot lunch of field rations with the cadets, Col Doyle and CWO Brassington visited the Basic Aviation Course. Cadets on this course had constructed balsa wood model aircraft, which were fitted with an electric motor and test-flown on a tether.

Col Doyle told cadets on both courses that he had been an air cadet, and that their training has benefits far beyond any military applications. “What you are learning here will serve you as Canadians. These are important citizenship and leadership skills that will help you in your lives, and will help you to contribute to Canada.”

CWO Brassington, who had been an army cadet, told the course cadets that the program will pay off over their lifetimes. “My time as a cadet has made me what I am today,” he said.