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Acton Cadet Flies Solo

July 20th, 2019|

ACTON, ON. Acton resident WO2 Krishni Kulenthiran achieved a milestone in her Pilot career on July 9th by completing her first solo at Harv’s Air in Manitoba.

WO2 Kulenthiran is a member of 197 Typhoon Air Cadet squadron in Acton, and won a Power Pilot Scholarship this year to spend 7 weeks earning her pilot’s license. These scholarships are awarded through a competitive process and only awarded to the top cadets in the country.

“Your first solo is something you remember for the rest of your life. Congratulations to WO2 Kulenthiran, and best of luck in the rest of your training” said Captain Richard Dobbs, Commanding Officer of 197 Squadron.

WO2 Kulenthiran will continue training for the rest of the summer in order to earn her Private Pilot license, including passing a theory exam and a Transport Canada flight test.

“WO2 Kulenthiran is the latest of a long line of Flight Scholarship candidates from 197 Squadron, many of whom have moved on to work in the aviation industry” added Capt Dobbs

2019 Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR)

June 9th, 2019|

2019 Annual Air Cadet Ceremony – 197 Air Cadets – Typhoon Squadron – Acton Ontario.

Our Annual Air Cadet Ceremony was a great day for our cadets and their parents.

CO Cpt Richard Dobbs had his cadets out for his first ACR as the squadrob CO and his cadets made him product.

The Mayor for Guelph/Eramosa the Honorable Chris White stepped up to the task of Reviewing Officer, visiting dignitaries included Wellington County’s MP Michael Chong, and the original CO and creator of 197 squadron and Air Cadet League Representative Cpt Kevin Smith (Ret’d). Former squadron warrant officer WO2 Madison Blackwood (Ret’d) was our Master of Ceremonies this year.

Presentations from the cadets included: Effective Speaking Demonstrations from FCpl Jackson Vallance and from WO1 Matthew Davey. A demonstration on precision drill was given by the drill team instructor FSgt Krishni Kulenthiran and our excellent drill team: WO1 Matthew Davey, Cpl Nathaniel Dayman, Cpl Ashley Kolosvari, Sgt Kyle Kulenthiran, Sqt Erika Labonte, Cpl James Murray, WO2 Alexander Pumphrey, FCpl Cameron Toth, FCpl Jackson Vallance & LAC William Wood.

The cadets created some displays for everyone to […]

35th Annual Ceremonial Review – This Sunday June 9th

June 4th, 2019|

This Sunday June 9th, 2019 marks the 35th occurrence of the 197 Squadron’s Annual Review Ceremony.

This is a special occasion for our Cadets, as they will showcase some of the talents they have have worked very hard on all year. Demonstrations from our Effective Speaking team will be followed by our Drill Team an Awards presentation and a few speeches by special guests and staff.

The event marks the un-official end of the Cadet year, a review of all of our cadets will be conducted by this year’s Reviewing Officer: The Honorable Chris White, Mayor of Guelph Eramosa. Also in attendance will be a special guest: Air Cadet League Representative Capt. Kevin Smith (Ret’d) who is the Squadron Director for the Air Cadet League of Canada (OPC).

Friends and family of our cadets, we hope you attend to show your support for your cadet and the effort they have put in this year. All of our cadets have worked very hard to make this event a special one.

See you there, and congratulations to all of our 197 Cadets, may your annual review […]

A Thoughtful and Kind Donation

June 1st, 2019|

The Cadets and Staff of 197 Acton Air Cadets Typhoon Squadron, wish to send a very special “Thank You” to Mrs Yvonne Armstrong who at her passing left a generous donation to our Squadron. We also wish to pass on our condolences to her family and friends.

Mrs Armstrong’s first husband Frank Langley who passed in 1984 was a crew member on a Lancaster and they lived together in Acton before his passing. She was very active with volunteering and were told had a special place in her heart for the Acton Air Cadets. Mrs Armstrong later remarried Bruce Armstrong and is survived by many family members.

Her obituary may be found at: http://www.lifenews.ca/announcement/9179869-armstrong-a-yvonne

Thank you for thinking of our Air Cadets, and helping to support the youth of Acton. May you find joy, peace and happiness in whatever adventure awaits.

2019 Spring FTX (Field Training Exercises)

May 25th, 2019|

Each year our cadets take part in at least one FTX (Field Training eXercises) the 2019 Spring FTX was held on the weekend of May 25th at the Rockwood Conservation Area. Our FTX got off to a bit of a soggy start with some heavy rain at times, but a good time was had by all.

Highlights of the FTX were setting up a camp and tents following military standards, learning about and creating snares, orienteering (using map and compass to find specific places), learning survival techniques and how to build fires even without matches, and much more, along with spending time with friends and camping outdoors.

Operation Lincoln was a Success!

April 1st, 2019|

ACTON, Ont. -Some people might think that Cadets is strict and all about marching, but to the Cadets of 197 Typhoon Squadron, many experiences have occurred that the Cadets will remember for the rest of their lives. One of these being Operation Lincoln, a once in a lifetime trip to Washington D.C during March Break of 2019.

On March 10th, the Cadets arrived in Washington after a long, but rewarding bus ride. They got settled in and ate dinner at the Falls Church Clarion Inn, which would be their home for the next five days. After, they went to their rooms and fell asleep.  Sleep would be essential to enjoy the amazing activities that were planned over the next week.

Some highlights of the trip were visiting the Washington Monuments, War Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, Goddard Space Center, and the Smithsonian Center. The Cadets were able to pay their respects at the War Memorials and Arlington Cemetery by attending a ceremony for the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Also, while visiting the Smithsonian Center, they were able to take photos and bond together, […]

Operation Lincoln – Trip to Washington DC

March 15th, 2019|

Our 197 Air Cadets took a 5 Day trip during March Break to Washington DC USA and will be visiting many interesting places including: National Monument, Arlington Cemetery, Capital Building, National Museums, Basketball Game (Wizards vs Magic), a behind the scenes tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and much more.

2019 Bottle Drive

January 5th, 2019|

The 197 Annual Bottle Drive was a great success!

Thank you so much to the people of the town of Acton for donating your empty bottles and cans again this year. The proceeds of our Bottle Drive go directly to supporting your local Air Cadet squadron and are used to help pay for items, such as cadet fees, bus fees to our events (such as gliding), class materials and so forth. It is through your generosity that we can continue to bring the Air Cadet program to the youth of Acton and Rockwood.

Our sincere “Thank You” and our gratitude to all the residents who donated! A big Thank You to the cadets and their parents for all their help, you make this event!

!! Once again we managed to fill the Beer Store to the rafters with empties !!