Friday, 17 Aug 2007 (152 photos)

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G-Wagons from the BCDs arrive for the Basic grad parade, they will be on display on the back of the parade square. (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Lisa Currie)

 

MGen Robert Gaudreau arrives (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Inspecting the quarter guard  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Lisa Currie)

 

Parade commander Maj Angela Brass  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Arrival of the reviewing officer  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Inspecting the parade  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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March past  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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(VACSTC, Capt Lisa Currie)

 

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Top Cadet in Foxtrot Company 3rd intake, Cdt Brittany Cavers, 3125 Calg Highrs RC(Army)CC, Chestermere, AB  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 20 Platoon Cdt Ryan Prince, 2757 PPCLI RC(Army)CC, Fernie, BC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 21 Platoon Cdt Zachary Palen, 2316 R Westmr R RC(Army)CC RC(Army)CC, New Westminster, BC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 22 Platoon Cdt Alexandra Pike, 2850 LER RC(Army)CC, Grande Prairie, AB (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 23 Platoon Cdt Michael King, 1705 BCD RC(Army)CC, Vernon, BC  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Shot Foxtrot Company 3rd intake, Cdt Nicholas Solomon, 2370 RCA RC(Army)CC, Regina, Sk  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet Basic Marksman Course H Coy, Cdt Sabrina Pellerin-Lafleur, 2317 Calg Highrs RC(Army)CC, Calgary, AB   (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Shot Basic Marksman H Coy Cdt Amanda Blake, 950 RM Rang RC(Army)CC, Merritt, BC   (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 24 Platoon (Basic Marksman), Cdt Bo Murphy, 2618 RM Rang RC(Army)CC, Prince George, BC  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Top Cadet 25 Platoon (Basic Marksman) Cdt Kassandra Laderoute, 2638 LER RC(Army)CC, Hinton, AB  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

 Top Cadet 26 Platoon (Basic Mil Band) Cdt Chris Banow, 2517 RCA RC(Army)CC, Melville, SK (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

27 Platoon (Basic Pipes and Drums) Cdt Shane Powell, 2893 SH of C RC(Army)CC, Port Coquitlam, BC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Certificate of appreciation from the padres for C/Sgt McWilliams (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Commanding officer's Certificate of appreciation to C/Sgt Cedric Spry (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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MGen Gaudreau addresses the parade (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Coutts Common after the parade, time to enjoy pastries and freshie (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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Cdt Jamieson and his father LCol Cliff Jamieson. LCol Jamieson was himself a cadet and officer in the 1970s at VACTSC.  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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LCol Terry Kopan, LCol Al Dengis, Assistant Commissioner Peter German, MGen Robert Gaudreau and CWO Al Williams (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

In the late morning a special service officiated by Padre Jack Greenhalgh was conducted to commemorate the lives of two former cadets. Coutts Common in recent years has become a focal point of the training centre. In keeping with the positive attribute of the common, several beautiful stone concrete benches have been built and placed in the park setting. This perhaps a wonderful way to keep the memory of our friends alive.   (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Capt Edward "Scotty" Buchannan, a former cadet and officer from 1955 Svc Bn RC(Army)CC Calgary, AB who attended the training centre from1972-77 (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Pipe Major Daniel Uren playing Piper's Lament  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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C/Sgt Andrew Scott Spittall 903 BCD RC(Army)CC Kelowna BC who attended the training centre 1996-98 with his family (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Scotty Buchannan's family (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

The Vernon ACSTC Challenge Coins (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

As has become tradition in the last few years, each CSM is presented with their personally engraved Challenge Coin in the CO's office (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Amy Bushby, B Coy (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Marie Parkin, C Coy (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Ashley Rapson, D Coy  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Carmen Anderson, E Coy  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Eriksen, F Coy (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM James Miskulin, G Coy (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM H Coy  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Heather Richardson, Trg Coy  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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The Walk  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Richardson being interviewed for the annual documentary (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

(VACSTC, Capt Lisa Currie)

 

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March on the markers (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Maj Dick Grubb, Capt Robin Stephan, Maj Mike Stephan, Maj Govind Reddy, just a few of the nearly two thousand audience (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

The parade falls in (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Adjutant Capt Jim Davidge (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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DCO Maj Lyle Johnson (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Officers fall in  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

The CO (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Flag party marches on (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Arrival of the reviewing officer, Assistant Commissioner Peter M. German MA LL.B LL.M, District Commander RCMP Lower Mainland (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Inspecting the Guard (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Also assisting in inspecting the battalion, LCol Cliff Jamieson CD, CO of the BCDS (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Hon LCol of the BCDs, Col (ret'd) Doug Walton OMM CD (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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And President of the Army Cadet League of Canada BC Branch, MGen (ret'd) Brian Vernon CD (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Maj Russ Lacey, Maj Ken Washbrook (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

March past (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Cdt Daniel Rependa 557 Lorne Scots RC(Army)CC Brampton, On awarded the MGen Howard Award for the top cadet on a Cadet Leader Course (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Cdt Jeffrey Ng 2947 12 Svc Bn RC(Army)CC Richmond, BC awarded the LGen JE Vance Leadership Award for top cadet on CLI D&C (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

ANAVets Cadet Medal of Merit CLI Drill and Ceremonial Cdt James Holt 2716 LdSH (RC) RC(Army)CC Mayerthorphe AB(VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

ANAVets Cadet Medal of Merit CLI Adventure Cdt Adreil Lo 180 RCA RC(Army)CC Edmonton, AB (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

ANAVets Cadet Medal of Merit CLI Rifle Coach Cdt Megan Rainford 2309 RCA RC(Army)CC Fort MacLeod, AB (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

ANAVets Cadet Medal of Merit CLI Military Band Cdt Jim Yu 2472 RCA RC(Army)CC Vancouver, BC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

ANAVets Cadet Medal of Merit CLI Pipes & Drums Cdt Nafaa Haddou 3125 Calg Highrs RC(Army)CC Chestermere, AB (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

C/Sgt Anna Bachmier 1726 C Scot R RC(Army)CC Courtenay, BC awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Annual Summer Training Centre Achievement Award for the most outstanding Section Commander or Staff Cadet Sergeant in a direct supervisory role. This award is presented to a cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, promoting drill and physical fitness, with exemplary dress and deportment, loyalty and instructional ability. (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

C/MCpl Cassaundra Rowe 1705 BCD RC(Army)CC Vernon BC presented with the Blayne Materi Citizenship Award. This award is presented by Assist Commissioner German in memory of Cadet MWO Blayne Materi. The award is presented to the cadet who has participated in or supported activities with the local community, who has taken a personal interest in the well being and morale of his cadets, who respects and used authority properly and maintains outstanding personal conduct.  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

C/WO Jasminderit Bhinder 2822 R Westmr R RC(Army)CC, Surrey BC presented with the RSMís pace stick. The pace stick was presented to Vernon Army Cadet Camp by Camp Sergeants Major and Regimental Support Staff of the VACC Instructors Course of 1984. This award is presented by the RSM to the outstanding Staff Cadet, based upon performance throughout the summer.  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

CSM Heather Richardson awarded the VACSTC Sword of Honour. The Sword of Honour was presented to the 8th Reconnaissance Regiment (14 Canadian Hussars) and is now presented to the outstanding Company Sergeant Major, based upon performance throughout the summer. C/MWO  Richardson  is the Company Sergeant Major for Training Company, which trained a six-week course in the Cadet Leader Instructor Adventure program. C/MWO  Heather Richardson  joins a very select group of just 33 winners of the sword since 1976. (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Commander Rick Mountford presents Mr Wayne Emde with the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) Certificate of Appreciation. Wayne Emde is commended for his outstanding professionalism in service to the Army Cadet Program of BC at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre and in other regional activities. Over 25 years as both a civilian instructor and civilian employee, Wayne has used his good standing within the community of Vernon to foster a close relationship between the community and the Canadian Cadet Movement. He created press releases to inform the public in general of the activities of the cadets, sent "home towners" to communities of staff and cadets chronicling their achievements. Through his countless photographs he has has helped to preserve the history of VACSTC. Many of these photographs found their way into national websites, magazines and newspapers, Mr Emde's dedication and outstanding performance of his duties is in the finest tradition of his profession  (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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C/WO Stephanie Lancaster 2893 SH of C RC(Army)CC Port Coquitlam, BC receives a Commanding Officer's Commendation. It reads: You are commended for your sense of duty and diligence for the actions you initiated on the evening of 25 Jul 2007. While working in Hotel Company, you noted a suspicious vehicle parked in the confines of the camp. Your astute observations and concern for the well being of others lead to your intervention with the female occupant that appeared in distress. Your timely reports to the Military Police on her suspicious behaviors subsequently lead to her apprehension, as she was a known fugitive. Your vigilance and prompt action helped to maintain the safe environment of the Training Centre and was the embodiment of excellence that is expected from cadets at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre and was in teh highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Capt Peter Tujic receives a Commanding Officers Commendation. These officers are commended for their outstanding actions in dealing with a serious medical situation that arose while on training with the cadets of VACSTC. These officers were on a break at Kaloya Bay Park when a civilian unloading a canoe trailer fell and was obviously seriously injured. These officers quickly sprung into action administering first aid, comforting and caring for the patient, organizing emergency medical response, and controlling their cadet training responsibilities. The civilian was transported to hospital with several broken bones and a head injury, but their prompt action no doubt lessened the stress of the situation and gave comfort to all involved. At the end of the day the cadets and staff also assisted the remnants of the group to replace their canoes on their trailer and made sure everything was properly controlled before returning to the Training Centre. The actions of the officers are those of experienced, professional staff members. Their actions are instrumental in advancing the vision of VACSTC as a "Centre of Excellence" for Army Cadet training staffed by caring and competent member of the CIC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Lt Gord Cousins receives a Commanding Officers Commendation. These officers are commended for their outstanding actions in dealing with a serious medical situation that arose while on training with the cadets of VACSTC. These officers were on a break at Kaloya Bay Park when a civilian unloading a canoe trailer fell and was obviously seriously injured. These officers quickly sprung into action administering first aid, comforting and caring for the patient, organizing emergency medical response, and controlling their cadet training responsibilities. The civilian was transported to hospital with several broken bones and a head injury, but their prompt action no doubt lessened the stress of the situation and gave comfort to all involved. At the end of the day the cadets and staff also assisted the remnants of the group to replace their canoes on their trailer and made sure everything was properly controlled before returning to the Training Centre. The actions of the officers are those of experienced, professional staff members. Their actions are instrumental in advancing the vision of VACSTC as a "Centre of Excellence" for Army Cadet training staffed by caring and competent member of the CIC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Lt Tom Roebck receives a Commanding Officers Commendation. These officers are commended for their outstanding actions in dealing with a serious medical situation that arose while on training with the cadets of VACSTC. These officers were on a break at Kaloya Bay Park when a civilian unloading a canoe trailer fell and was obviously seriously injured. These officers quickly sprung into action administering first aid, comforting and caring for the patient, organizing emergency medical response, and controlling their cadet training responsibilities. The civilian was transported to hospital with several broken bones and a head injury, but their prompt action no doubt lessened the stress of the situation and gave comfort to all involved. At the end of the day the cadets and staff also assisted the remnants of the group to replace their canoes on their trailer and made sure everything was properly controlled before returning to the Training Centre. The actions of the officers are those of experienced, professional staff members. Their actions are instrumental in advancing the vision of VACSTC as a "Centre of Excellence" for Army Cadet training staffed by caring and competent member of the CIC (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Capt Maria Anderson receives a Commanding Officer's Commendation. Capt Maria Anderson is commended for her outstanding professional attitude and behaviour in dealing with a potentially life threatening situation on 30 June 2007. Capt Anderson, while attending the Kelowna airport as part of the staff cadet intake, became aware that a bus driver was in medical distress. Being a trained paramedic, she quickly took action to identify the problem, administer first aid, contact the authorities and arrange for immediate care at the airport. She insured her taskings with the intake were carried out, and then accompanied the driver to the hospital while contacting the driver's family to alert then of the situation. Throughout this activity, Capt Anderson displayed calm control in a professional, effiecent demeanor. These are the traits that exemplify an outstanding professional officer who is a credit to herself, the CIC and the Canadian Cadet Movement. Capt Anderson's actions bring credit to all members of the cadet organization, and are instrumental in advancing the vision of VACSTC as a "Centre of Excellence" for Army Cadet training. (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Maj Amadeo Vecchio  receives a Commanding Officer's Commendation. Maj Amadeo Vecchio is commended for his professional demeanor in his interactions with staff and parents during the summer of 2007. In very stressful and emotionally charged situations, he was able to draw upon and employ a considerable array of skills that allowed his company to function at a highly successful level while maintaining a focused approach to the needs of those he was interacting with. His years of experience and interpersonal skills brought situations to satisfactory conclusions and maintained a high degree of integrity for himself, the cadets, and the Training Centre. Maj Vecchio's contributions have been instrumental in advancing the vision of VACSTC as a "Centre of Excellence" for Army Cadet training.  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Sword of Excellence winner Lt Kristi Herbert, Mrs Leslie Kinloch and representing the VACC Alumni Mr. Al Saunders. Lt Kristi Herbert is awarded the Jr. Officerís Sword of Excellence. The Sword is awarded to the officer who is exemplary in his or her dress and deportment, conduct as an officer, achievement, leadership abilities, physical fitness, a commitment to the Canadian Cadet Organization, the adherence to the rules, regulations and policies and who has the respect of his or her peers. (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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LCol Al Dengis presents the reviewing officer with a scroll and small token. (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Fue-de-Joie (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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God Save the Queen  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

Final march off of the summer (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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LCol AL Dengis, MGen Robert Gaudreau and the RSM Al Williams on the dais for the final march off  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

A spontaneously created arch of swords greeting the cadets as they march off Dieppe Square for the final time of the summer (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Capt Chris Gerbrandt presents the CO with a gift for the mess, a panorama shot from a mountain top during the Adventure course FTX in the Cathedral Park in the south Okanagan (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

3 generations of VACSTC Staff, CI Crawford a former cadet and newly minted CI, Capt (retired) Neil Crawford who served at the camp in 1977 and CI Mary Crawford, one of the first female cadets in Vernon in 1975-76  (VASCTC, W. Emde)

 

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Bye Everyone! (VACSTC, F. Arseneault)

 

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Today's weather: Max Temp. 30c  Min Temp. 11c sunny & warm


This day in Canadian Military History...

17 August 1917
Fighting continues around Hill 70, which the Canadians captured 2 days ago. The troops are kept busy fighting off repeated German counter-attacks, which have been ongoing since the capture of the high ground.



17 August 1940
No 1 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, becomes operational in Britain. It will still be another week before the airmen are launched into action, but their presence in the latter stages of the Battle of Britain is a welcome one.