Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Crowsnest Air Cadets award two Long Service medals

Presenter John Anderson of the Coleman Legion and Flight Sergeant Chase Lincez

859 Crowsnest Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Flight Sergeant Chase Lincez was presented with the Air Cadet Long Service Medal on Monday night, May 9th. It reflects 4 years of hard work in the cadet program, during which he has risen to the most senior cadet position of Squadron Warrant Officer. John Anderson of the Coleman Legion made the presentation, himself a former Commanding Officer with 859 Crowsnest Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Flight Sergeant Lincez is a past recipient of the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal recognizing a high degree of leadership and fitness, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence recognizing leadership and volunteerism.

Presenter Captain Doug Eaglesham and Captain Adele Heisler

The previous month, on Monday, April 11th, Captain Adele Heisler was presented with the Canadian Armed Forces Decoration. It reflects 12 years of service with the Regular or Reserve Force. The Area Training Officer (Lethbridge), Captain Doug Eaglesham made the presentation. Captain Heisler in fact started working with the cadet squadron when John Anderson was commanding it. She has seen a lot of youth come through the cadet program and feels lucky to have made an impact.

859 Crowsnest Squadron cadets typically train at least 1 weekend-day per month in addition to their weekly training on Mondays (6:30 PM to 9:15 PM, Elks Hall, Blairmore). New recruits are always welcome, for youth from 12-18 years old. There is no cost to join and uniforms are provided free of charge. Pincher Creek youth have the option of van transportation from the Pincher Creek Legion to the Elks Hall in Blairmore each week. Please note there are opportunities for adults to enroll as an officer in the Cadet Instructors Cadre, a component of the Reserve Force concerned with training cadets specifically. The Squadron Sponsoring Committee, comprised of volunteers who support and help fund the cadet program, is also in need of new members. Questions can be directed to

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