Flight Sergeant Kael Helgeson, left, and Sergeant Christian Faragher at Castlegar airport. Photo: Submitted

Flight Sergeant Kael Helgeson, left, and Sergeant Christian Faragher at Castlegar airport. Photo: Submitted

Local cadets complete summer training

Submitted by 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Two cadets from the West Kootenay recently returned home from three-week summer training courses at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre.

Flight Sergeant Kael Helgeson from 531 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, City of Trail completed the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course. This course enabled Kael to develop the skills and knowledge to instruct other cadets and to lead ceremonial parades. Kael learned advanced drill, instructional techniques, and leadership.

From 561 Nelson Osprey squadron, Sergeant Christian Faragher attended the Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor course. This enabled Christian to further their personal marksmanship knowledge and skills. Christian developed the specialist skills and knowledge to help other cadets become more proficient using the cadet air rifle. During the course, Christian learned marksmanship techniques, instructional techniques, and coaching skills.

In the West Kootenay there are cadet units in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar. Nelson has a sea cadet corps and a air cadet squadron, while Trail and Castlegar have air cadet squadrons. All four units will be starting their 2022-23 training year the first week in September.

The units always welcome new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at https://registration.cadets.gc.ca/get-started.html.