March to the music
The 5 Cyclone Banner Drill Team performed an intricate routine against the backdrop of celtic music. The combination of precise marching movements to music made for an impressive display. Sawyer Helmer photo
Kalynn Sawyer Helmer
EMBRUN – The 5 Cyclone Squadron held their thirteenth annual ceremonial review on May 26 at the Embrun Arena. The squadron was reviewed by Lt.-Col. Damon Brad Wintrup. Lt.-Col. Wintrup is the deputy director of the Joint Force Air Component Commander, Air Coordinator Element for Commander of CJOC and Commander of CANSOFCOM.
After the general salute and inspection by Lt.-Col. Wintrup, some of the squadron members performed demonstrations. These demonstrations were the result of a year’s worth of practice, work and effort.
First up was the 5 Cyclone Squadron Competition Drill Team. The team will also perform in a regional competition in June. Following the drill team was the 5 Cyclone Squadron Band and lastly was the 5 Cyclone Squadron Banner Drill Team who performed an intricate routine to celtic music.
Following the demonstrations, awards were given to members for their commitment and effort during the year. The awards were as follows:
Top Level 1 Award – LAC J. R. Pershick; Top Level 2 Award – Cpl. A. J. Macdonald; Top Level 3 Award – FCpl. H. Nadean; Top Level 4 Award – Sgt. M. Porteous; Community Service Award – Sgt. P. Humber; Lise Leblanc True Spirit of Air Cadets Award – FCpl. V. Tanguay; Cadet Commander Plaque – W02 L. Guilbault; Top Overall Cadet – W02 James Cameron; Legion Medal of Excellence – W02 L. Guilbault; Lord Strathcona Medal – W02 S. Theriault.
Finally the reviewing officer, dignitaries and representatives addressed the squadron and their spectating families. Lt.-Col. Wintrup expressed his gratitude for being invited due to his love for the cadet program in Canada and his previous experiences living in Embrun. “The cadet program in Canada can be captured in the squadron model of ‘Today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders.’ You all have made a conscious thought to improve your community, and so, you improve the world overall,” he said.