Ponoka 65 Squadron wins gold

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Regional Drill Competition involving Sea, Army and Air Cadets

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Regional Drill Competition involving Sea, Army and Air Cadets was held recently and the Ponoka 65 Air Cadet Squadron’s drill team performance outshone all the other participants.

Each marching unit performed the same basic drill movements. Every unit performed almost to perfection but Ponoka gave the best performance. They were also judged on grooming, uniforms and military bearing and received a trophy and plaque for first place. Judges were members of the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Legion and Air Cadet League.

Under the guidance of Second Lieut. Michael Kolbeck, the team consisted of cadets Rebecca Nicholson, Matthew Osbourn, Sean Meikle, Aaron Chalifoux, and Casey Cohoe led by Commander Matthew Granson and Second in Command Clinton Rodney.

65 Squadron is made of 12- to 18-year-olds from the Ponoka, Lacombe, Rimbey and areas and has been turning out excellent cadets for more than 70 years.

The squadron is preparing for a trip to Europe for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. They will be busy throughout central Alberta with fundraising events throughout the next year. Everyone is also welcome to their annual Ceremonial Review at the Ponoka Arena on June 1.

For more information on the squadron or to contribute to the trip, contact Facebook page; 65 RCACS or call 403-783-4181.

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