Tuesday, 24 July 2007 (60 photos)

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0700 Hrs, raising the flag, Bugler Cdt Jim Yu B Coy, Capt Teresa Tuohy, C/Sgt Arton Milloy, C/WO David Skidmore  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

H Coy on the way to breakfast (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Ready for a drill lecture on Sicily Square (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

C/Sgt Desbiens conducts a drill lecture with the No.7 rifle (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Entrance to the range area, a red flag indicates live fire in progress (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Above the range, D Coy 15 Platoon is at the confidence course tkaing on what is possible the biggest challenge for an CL course cadet. (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

... the ropes course Cdt Jesse Wilson on the mailman's walk (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Swana Li starts with the Burma bridge, the first part of the ropes course (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Swana Li at the top of the Burma Bridge, one down four to go. (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Kailey Currier takes on the commando crawl, perhaps the toughest part of the course...  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

...and makes it look easy (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Lt Blake Dalgleish supervises (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Devin Rodger having just completed the commando crawl waits to drop on the zip line (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

A moment of reflection, C/WO Andre Greeley (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

The view of the zip line from the top (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Stunning scenery and former WWII training area fro #110 Canadian Army Basic Training Centre from 1941-45 (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Flipped off the rope... (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

... a struggle and.. (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

...a successful self rescue! (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

A very satisfied cadet! (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Ready for the leap... (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

1, 2 3... GO! (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

a fast (and safe) drop (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Just down the hill, the ranges are busy with D Coy 16 Platoon, Cdt Matthew Roach 2941 RM Rang RC(Army)CC, Clearwater, BC  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Shayne Stenson, 3068 SALH RC(Army)CC, Forestburg, AB (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Cdt Hannes Pettinen 2511 LSSR RC(Army)CC Thunder Bay, ON carefully takes aim as Cpl Leavitt-Brown spots  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

C/WO Patrick Tse 2827 BCR RC(Army)CC Port Moody, BC reloads as C/WO David Skidmore spots (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

B Coy returns from the field  (VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

Visiting Director of Cadets  Colonel Robert Perron CD, takes the salute  (VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

Col Robert Perron, Maj Amadeo Vecchio, LCol Al Dengis, Maj Wally Statz, Capt Therese Brookes  (VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

Canoe Training (VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Chris Gerbrandt)

 

1900 hrs, H Coy on the mini confidence course (VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

(VACSTC, Capt George Picken)

 

Capt Linda Quiring takes her duty as Battalion Orderly Officer (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

F Coy's CSM Amanda Eriksen has been a member of 2296 RCA RC(Army)CC in Lethbridge, AB since 2001, in those six years she has spent every summer at VACSTC. Basic in 2002, CL 2003, CLI 2004, Pioneer 2005, Navigation C/WO 2006 and now CSM. "Both my sisters were in cadets so I went along with it. I got hooked, it was fun and became part of me. The best memory I'll have of this place will be this summer and being CSM in Foxtrot Coy. You go in with expectations when you first get here. You have a fear, then you see the faces of the kids arriving on basic and you see the same expression, they are excited, yet they have the exact same fear. It makes you want to step it up and subdue all your fears. It makes you focus on the cadet makes their fears go away. It all clicks together." The person admires the most? "Aimee Procyk, Aimee's done an amazing job. She's inspired me. She made me realizewhy I was in cadets. It's not about you, it's about the other cadets. It's about leading them. It's about developing them and making them into better people which in turn makes you a better person. Without Aimee, I would have seriously questioned my involvement in cadets.. For that I'm truly grateful." CSM Eriksen plans a career in criminology after cadets, though she plans on the CIC as well. She wants to give back to cadets what she received.   (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

Pizza for the tenor drum line of B Coy (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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Guard Coy - at Bennett's Ranch for FTX

Trg Support Group (Adventure Platoons) - 5 Pl in Camp, 6 Pl  in Camp

Bravo Coy - in Camp, CL P&D, Mil Band and Rifle Coach at Bennett's Ranch for FTX

Charlie Coy - in Camp

Delta Coy - in Camp

Echo Coy - at Bennett's Ranch for FTX

Foxtrot Coy - in Camp

Hotel Coy - in Camp


Today's weather: Max Temp. 26c  Min Temp.  13c mostly sunny & warm


This day in Canadian Military History...

24 July 1908
Military units from across Canada are gathered at Quebec to help celebrate that city's tercentenary, which is presided by the Prince of Wales (soon to be King George V).

24 July 1941
Nine RCAF bombers from No. 405 Squadron take part in a 100-bomber attack on the German cruisers Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, harboured at Brest. The mission is a success, with hits registered on the ships and nearby dockworks.