Air Cadet squadron holds 80th annual ceremonial review

PUSLINCH – The 121 Red Arrows Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron held their 80th Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) on May 29 at the Puslinch Recreation Centre. 

On parade were a total of 71 Cadets, with over 250 guests, including special guest and Reviewing Officer Lieutenant Colonel M. Ortiz-Sosa, CD, Commanding Officer of the 11th Field Artillery Regiment.

Ceremonial review – LCol Oritz-Sosa receives a General Salute from WO1 Whelan and all 121 Squadron.

Moments before the ACR commenced, the 121 Squadron cadets enjoyed a surprise flypast by the Tiger Boys in vintage aircraft, flying directly overhead in Vic formation, similar to the way geese fly in a ‘V’.

During the ACR, in which cadets were inspected, the pipes and drums played, and speeches of appreciation delivered, the following awards were presented: 

– Chief Warrant Officer’s Award of Merit to Warrant Officer First Class M. Whelan;

– Air Cadet of the Year award to Warrant Officer First Class T. Brooks;

– Leadership Award to Warrant Officer Second Class T. Harris; and

– Lord Strathcona Medal to Warrant Officer Second Class T. Brooks.

A moment of silence, followed by a lament, recognized losses of loved ones during the last two difficult years.

After the ceremony, while everyone chatted and savoured some refreshments, they were treated to a second flypast by the Waterloo Warbirds, to recognize the cadets for a great year!

Squadron officials congratulated award winners and all cadets for completing their training year. They also thanked the squadron leadership team, squadron sponsorship committee, parents and  guests, for making the 80th Annual Ceremonial Review a success.