Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 (224 photos)

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Col Bryan Gagne, CD, Commanding Officer of 39 Brigade inspects the Quarter Guard

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BGen Paul Wynnyk coins Cpl Patterson (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

...as well as two cadets from his former Cadet Corps 2561 Breton Artillery Cadet Corps. (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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MCpl Horan and BGen Wynnyk (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Certificate of appreciation given to MCpl Horan (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Certificate of appreciation given to Cpl Patterson (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

 Being coined by the Commander of LFWA is a pretty big especially for a cadet! (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Bravo Training Group grad parade

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The reviewing officer, an old friend of the camp LCol (ret'd) Skinner, CD, arrives (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

LCol Skinner began his musical and military career as a cadet in the Queen Elizabeth High School Cadet Corps in Halifax 1957.  He was taught snare drumming by a Sergeant in the Black Watch.  One year later he moved to Victoria and joined the Canadian Scottish Cadets where he became the lead drummer. After high school he attended College Militaire Royale in Saint Jean Quebec for three years and graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston  in 1964.  After obtaining his wings, LCol Skinner was posted to HMCS Shearwater, and decided after a few years that he should take up the pipes.  He started with a band called "The Wild Thymes", now known as the 78th Frasers, Halifax Citadel.

One year later he was posted to Ottawa and joined the band at RCAF Rockliffe under the legendary Pipe Major Archie Cairns, who designed and wrote the original Cadet Pipes and Drums instructional programs.  After three years in Ottawa , LCol Skinner was posted to Portage La Prairie as a flying instructor. There was initially no band there, but about a year later a young army Pipe Major named Hugh MacPherson arrived, fresh off the British Army Piping Course, and a band was formed.  LCol Skinner was the Band Officer and learned his first few piobaireachd.

A posting to the Canadian Embassy in Germany followed and then a tour at the German Airforce Staff College .  Upon returning to Canada , LCol Skinner was posted to 413 Search and Rescue Squadron and he joined a pipe band in Summerside , PEI .  He was in Summerside when the College of Piping was started, and had many lessons from renowned piper, Scott MacAulay. When CFB Summerside was closed and 413 Squadron moved to Greenwood , LCol Skinner was appointed the CO.  After Greenwood he was posted to Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB in Illinois and retired one year later.

After retiring, he moved to the Okanagan valley where he still resides. LCol Skinner was one of the first two civilian Instructors hired to teach piping at  the Vernon Cadet Camp.  Initially private lessons were given to Cadets in the drill hall separately from the regular Cadet Summer Training  Program which at that time was taught entirely by Cadet Instructors List Officers and Staff Cadets.  He convinced the Director of Music that this was not the best use of his services and the next year the civilian instructors were integrated into the instructional program. After teaching at the Vernon Cadet Summer Training Center for many years, LCol Skinner decided to pass on the instructional torch to younger people, but has helped out from time to time at zone Band Clinics.  He is currently Pipe Major of the Shuswap Pipes 'n Drums based in Salmon Arm. 

 

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Best Cadet 7 Platoon Cdt Lafferty (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Best Cadet 8 Platoon Cdt Ingram (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Top Cadet 9 Platoon Cdt Reid (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Top Military Band Musician Cdt Yim (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Top Cadet Pipes & Drums Cdt Nelson-Cossey (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Presentation to the reviewing officer (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Alpha Training Group grad parade

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The reviewing officer LCol Whittaker, MBE, Commanding Officer British Columbia Dragoons, inspects the company (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Best cadet 1 platoon Cdt Baykan (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Best cadet 2 platoon Cdt Scheerschmidt (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Best cadet 3 platoon Cdt Forsyth (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Best cadet 4 platoon Cdt Cumming (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Best cadet 5 platoon Cdt McLaren (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

 Best cadet 6 platoon Cdt Norris-Underwood (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Col Gagne inspects the company (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Demonstrating mountain bikes skills  (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Replacing a tire in the field (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Top cadet 21 Platoon Cdt Hood (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Top cadet 22 Platoon Cdt Zhau (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Top cadet 19 Platoon Cdt Miller (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

 Top cadet - Basic Expedition Cdt Pederson (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Photo presentation to the Reviewing Officer  (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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Sunset and final parade

The culmination of the summer, this is the opportunity for the cadets to show their stuff

Pre parade - the silent drill team marches onto Dieppe Square (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Senior NCMs confer (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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The band puts on their pre parade show for the audience  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Markers called... the parade begins (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Bugler calls the Battalion, the battalion is formed up on the sports field behind the backdrop...  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

...as officers promenade along the edge of the square (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

The companies march on (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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The guard looks sharp! (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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The Adjutant waits along the dais (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Guests (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

The arrival of the reviewing officer BGen Paul Wynnyk, OMM, MSM, CD, Commander Land Force Western Area... (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

...takes the reviewing dais. This marks only the second time in the training centre's 63 year history that a former cadet who has risen to the general ranks has returned as the reviewing officer for the final parade.   (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

It was a great honour to have BGen Paul Wynnyk as the Reviewing Officer for the Training Centre that helped launch his career. BGen Wynnyk began his distinguished career as a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. He trained at VACSTC in 1978 and 1979, completing CL and CLI respectively. BGen Wynnyk is a part of the great legacy that is VACSTC.  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Inspecting the battalion, as is customary at Vernon, guest reviewing officers join the reviewing officer to inspect all the companies - former commanding officer HCol Doug Walton, OMM, CD  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Col Gagne, CD inspects (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

BGen Wynnyk inspects (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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The reviewing officer BGen Paul Wynnyk inspects the guard (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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His worship, Mayor Wayne Lippert inspects (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Aide-de-camps  (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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The battalion  (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Maj Steve Martens and HCol Doug Walton (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

The march past (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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With flags unfurled (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Cadet Teegan Martin 3016 RCACC Airdrie, AB receives the LGen JE Vance Leadership Award. This award is presented to the cadet on the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course who has demonstrated the qualities of a leader and is a role model for other army cadets (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

This year’s recipients of the ANAVETS cadet medal of merit: 

Drill and Ceremonial instructor – Cadet Randy Hansen 2995 RCACC Lac La Biche, AB (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada, or ANAVETS is Canada’s oldest Veterans association with its proud history dating back to 1840. It is a national association with provincial commands and local units in many towns and cities across Canada.

ANAVETS draws its membership from CF Veterans, current members of the Canadian Forces, and any Canadian who wishes to support members of the Canadian armed forces past and present, their local communities, and this wonderful country of ours, Canada.

This is the fifteenth year the Association has awarded the ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit, which recognizes the top Cadet during their summer training. Consideration is given to overall achievement, leadership qualities, instructional abilities, dress and deportment, motivation and cooperation with others.

Air Rifle Marksman instructor, Cadet Armaan Jahj 746 RCACS Langley, BC (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Expedition Instructor, Cadet Sam Smith - 3069 RCACC, Edmonton, AB (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

C/Sgt Jesse Taylor 3016 RCACC Airdrie, AB. Awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Annual Summer Training Centre Achievement Award. This is 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, loyalty and instructional ability while promoting drill, physical fitness, and has exemplary dress and deportment. (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

C/WO Felicia Wickes 2136 RCACC Victoria, BC awarded the Blayne Materi Citizenship Award. This award is presented 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 her cadets, who respects and used authority properly and maintains outstanding personal conduct.  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

C/WO Richard Jones 1856 RCACC Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan presented with the RSM’s 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. (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

C/MWO Tiffany Lu 2381 RCACC, Richmond, BC 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. Cadet MWO Lu is the Sergeant Major for Alpha training Group. 

C/MWO Lu, OCdt Jon Carpino (2010 winner), BGen Paul Wynnyk (1978 winner), nurse Laura Cormons (2008 winner), Padre Art Gans, LCol Lyle Johnson. (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

2Lt James Miskulin 3005 RCACC, Victoria, BC to accept the Jr. Officer’s 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. Mrs Leslie Kinloch, 2Lt Miskulin, Mr Al Saunders (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Capt Faye Shore is commended for outstanding service and care in the movement of cadets for the 22 July intake. When the cadets were not at the terminal in Vancouver where they were supposed to be, Capt Shore used her professional connections to find out what terminal the cadets were at so they could be transported to the proper terminal and charter flight. Her caring contributions help maintain the image of the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre being a ‘centre of excellence’ for cadet training. (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Major Judy Peter is commended for her role in arranging to have the Portraits of Honour make an unofficial stop at VACSTC. This allowed the cadets and members of the public to experience the tribute to the fallen Canadian Forces Men and Women that they otherwise might not have seen. Her contributions continue to add to the overall experience for cadets at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

LCol Johnson addresses the audience (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

The reviewing officer addresses the audience (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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The MGen Howard award was created to recognize the top NSCE cadet from each region of Canada. Hence there were only 6 recipients when it was originated. The award was symbolized by a plaque presented to each of the regional winners. In 1984, the award was changed to one per province and the MGen Howard medal was created to be worn by each recipient. 

BGen Wynnyk was a regional recipient in 1980 as the top NSCE cadet in prairie region. It is our honour to present the MGen Howard medal to cadet Capt Paul Wynnyk of 2561 RCACC cadet corps in Thorsby AB.  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

The fue-de-joi (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Amazing grace (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Sunset, the flag is slowly lowered  (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Advance in review order (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Awaiting the final march off (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Applause for all (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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One last time through the tunnel (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

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The guard (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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Congrats from the commanding officer (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

The CO interviewed by local television (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

Pizza for the cadets from Cross Lake (VACSTC/Capt Debbie Middleton)

 

Previous winners of the Sword of Excellence assembled in the garden: Capt Carolyn Baker (2004), Capt Debbie Middleton (2009), 2Lt James Miskulen 2010 & 2011, Lt Kristi Herbert 2007 (VACSTC/Wayne Emde)

 

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This day in Canadian Military History...

18 August 1711
A large British flotilla, en route to capture Quebec, gets lost in the fog near Anticosti Island. Seven transports of the "Walker Expedition" run aground, entailing the loss of over 1000 men, before the rest of the fleet loses heart and returns to New England.



18 August 1917
The fighting for Hill 70 ends at dawn today with the Canadians driving off the 21st and final German attempt to regain the high ground.