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#2928 Cadet Corps

Name -         Legion (Colchester Branch 26) Cadet Corps

Location       Truro, NS

Formed    September 1, 1974    Disbanded    Active  

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

 Dave Creelman (1974) Biography

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Capt Jim Mcnutt (1975) Biography

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Capt Gordon O’Hearn (?) Biography

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Capt Andrew Young (Jan 1991- Aug 1991) Biography

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Capt Barry Aucoin (?) Biography

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Capt Martin Boutilier (?) Biography

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Capt Darren Moore (1999-2001) Biography

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Capt Keri Moore/Winkelaar (2001-09) Biography

Capt Nelson Easton (2009-10)
Maj Charlie Keough (2010 - present)  

Senior Cadets

C/Capt Dan Costandi (1974) (photo)

unknown (1975-98)

 

RSM Dale Dow (1999-2000)

RSM Amy Henbrey (2000-02)

RSM Vanessa Boyd (2002-03)

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RSM Kevin Johnson (2003-06)
C/CWO Brittany Johnson (2006-07)
C/CWO Alysse Taggart (July 2007- 08)
C/CWO Francis Castein (2008-11)
C/MWO Shelby Munro (2011 - present)  
   

Corps Flag

 

Corps Home

Truro Armoury

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History -   

 Formed 1 Sep 1974 under the sponsorship of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, Truro the Corps was designated "Legion (Colchester Branch 26 Cadet Corps. The Corps affiliated with 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders (North).

 

2928 was first thought about in the fall of 1973, the catalyst for the formation of the corps arose out of a discussion Ron Porter was having in the Truro Armouries with former Staff Sergeant and veteran John Elliott Campbell. I was talking to Elliott about my involvement in the cadet movement and how it was unfortunate that there was no army cadet corps in the Truro area, and from this seed the corps began.

Ron Porter met with the ACO (land) in Halifax to discuss the requirements to start a cadet corps. The ACO Capt Ken Hiltz subsequently attended a meeting of interested parties at the Truro Armoury. Among our first priorities was to recruit a CO and get a local sponsor. Lieutenant Dave Creelman who was a former officer with the first Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders agreed to take the Commanding Officers position for one year to get the corps started. A little known fact is that the Oxford School Board was the first sponsor of 2928 RCACC, because we needed a sponsor to get the corps started until we could get an organization to sponsor us on a permanent basis. I approached the CO of my old cadet corps the late Major Bruce D. Hunter who agreed to the Truro corps officially operating as a satellite of the Oxford corps. An interim sponsor enabled us to start recruiting and kitting staff and cadets, and start training. 

Major Hunter and then Officer Cadet Alfred King were frequent visitors to the corps. Alfred assisted in instructing and in supply duties. We recruited cadets late in 1973 and held a Christmas party for the corps at the armouries that year. In the first few weeks of 1974, Dave Creelman and Ron Porter attended a general meeting of the Truro legion early in 1974 at which time the legion agreed to sponsor the corps. Some one who helped pave the way for legion sponsorship was Major Cyril Kennedy a respected war veteran. The first corps staff were Lt Dave Creelman as CO, Lt Ron Porter as Training Officer, Lt Elliott Campbell as Range Officer, Lt Jim McNutt as Supply Officer, and Civilian Instructor Stan Mosher as range instructor and coach. Stan continued to work with and provided invaluable service to the corps well into the 1990’S. The corps quickly became know for its high caliber-shooting program, and became the corps to beat in the Marksmanship arena. Truro Army cadets have won many shooting accolades over the years at the local, provincial, and national levels. The corps has also regularly sent cadets to The United Kingdom as part of the Bisley team.
The first chairman of the sponsoring committee was the late Don Dotten who regularly attended training nights at the corps for many years. Dave Creelman handed over command to Capt Jim Mcnutt after about a year. Dave eventually became a member of the sponsoring committee. Capt Gordon O’Hearn, Capt Andrew Young, Capt Barry Aucoin, Capt Martin Boutilier, Capt Darren Moore and the current CO Capt Keri Moore followed Jim.

Another interesting note is that in March of 1974 after only a few weeks of operation Cadet Captain Dan Costandi (The first cadet CO) placed first in Nova Scotia at the Master Cadet testing conducted in Aldershot. Dan was a former air cadet who transferred from 77 RCACS when the corps stood up. Cadet Lt Craig Isenor placed third in the same year. Craig and Carl Isenor also transferred from 2553 RCACC, Oxford when the corps formed. Carl Isenor placed very highly in the Master Cadet testing in 1975. We were very fortunate to have the benefit of three senior cadets in the corps first year of operation. Lt Porter went on to work with the cadet cell in Maritime Command Headquarters for a year, returned to the corps in 1975-76, and became involved in CIC officer training an area in which he still works to day. Capt Alfred King went on to become the Commanding Officer of 2553 RCACC and still serves as an officer with the unit.

In the early years of the corps, an initiative resulted in the formation of a tri – Service Cadet Association in Truro between the three cadet units in the town to share resources and expertise. This association consisted of officers and sponsoring body representatives from the Sea, Army, and Air cadet units. Shortly after the association was formed, the three units held a Tri- Service Annual Inspection at the Cobequid Education Centre with Lieutenant Governor Loyed Crouse as Reviewing Officer.
In Jan 1991 then Major Porter returned to Truro to deal with a situation that arose with and rebuild the corps. At this time the unit had no officers on strength and Lt Andrew Young was recruited to be the CO. A number of other staff was also recruited and the corps went through a trying time with four different Commanding Officers in less than a year. Both staff and cadets were recruited and trained and the corps had a very successful Annual Inspection on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Teachers College.
2928 currently holds a healthy strength of 60 cadets and 5 Officers. The unit is very active, participating in Citizenship activities throughout the year, biathlon, marksmanship, orienteering and music training. 2928 has once again become a force to be reckoned with in the Northern Nova Scotia area in the marksmanship program. They have quickly made their name recognized in the orienteering field by winning the first provincial competition they entered.


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