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161 Weekly Update 14-20 Sep 17 (Freedom of the City and Battle of Britain)

14 Sep 17
Capt Phinney, A
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It was great to see so many cadets on parade yesterday. Keep up the good work everyone. We are quite busy for the next month so here are the details about what is happening over the next week:

Friday 15 Sep 17 – 6:00 – 9:30 PM – Band practice for returning cadets only as the band will be playing at the parade on Saturday. New cadets will be welcome to start attending band the following Friday (22 Sep 17)

Saturday 16 Sep 17 – Freedom of the City Parade – Mandatory for all cadets (1:00 PM)

All cadets in the Greater Saint John Area will receive the Freedom of the City at a parade taking place in front of city hall. This is a special honour granted to military units and this is a once in a lifetime event. Cadets should arrive at the corner of King St and Germain St for 1:00 PM.  The parade will start at 2:00 PM. Parents and the general public are welcome to attend the parade and should be there by 1:30 PM. The parade will also include flypasts by two CF-18 fighter jets. There will be photos and a barbecue following the parade. Expected end time for the event will be 3:30 PM. Dress for the parade is shirt, tie, and tunic for cadets who have uniforms. Those cadets who do not have uniforms are still expected to attend and should wear dress pants and collared shirt if them own them.

Meet the pilots/aircraft – 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Airport

Cadets and their family are welcome to visit the Irving Hanger (the first one as you drive by) to meet the CF-18 pilots and personnel from 410 Sqn on Saturday evening. Dress is civilian clothing. This is only open to cadets not the general public.

Sunday 17 Sep 17 – Battle of Britain Parade – Mandatory for all cadets (10:00 AM)

Our cadets will be attending the Battle of Britain parade honouring our veterans who served in the Battle of Britain during World War II. This parade takes place at the cenotaph at King’s Square. Cadets will meet outside the Admiral Beatty Complex (corner of King`s Square) at 1000 hrs. The parade will be finished by noon. Dress for the parade is shirt, tie, and tunic for cadets who have uniforms. Those cadets who do not have uniforms are still expected to attend and should wear dress pants and collared shirt if them own them. There will be a short church service following the parade for any cadets who are interested.Parents are asked to bring sweets, sandwiches, veggie, fruit, or cheese trays for the reception that follows the parade. These can be dropped off at the Admiral Beatty prior to the parade.

Marksmanship and Biathlon – 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Armoury

This will be our first practice for the training year. New cadets are welcome to attend. Dress is civilian clothing. Cadets planning to do biathlon should wear sports gear.
We will hold our yearbook information session next Sunday (24 Sep 17).

Monday 18 Sep 17 – Flying Scholarship (Ground School Training) – 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Simonds High School (527 Office)

This will be the first night of training. This training is intended for those cadets who plan to pursue their pilot`s license. Cadets should be in training level 3 or higher to attend this training and should bring pen and paper with them. The training is highly academic and provides cadets with information required to pass the Glider and Power Pilot Scholarship entrance exams.

Wednesday 20 Sep 17 – CO`s Parade and 75th Anniversary Cake Cutting Celebration – 6:20 -9:10 PM at the armoury

Dress for the evening will be shirt, tie, and tunic. Parents are welcome to attend CO`s parades. Regular training will follow the parade.

Thursday 21 Sep 17 – Sea Dogs Hockey Game

Irving Oil has kindly offered us tickets to a Sea Dogs game again this year. We have 50 tickets for the Sea Dogs Vs Halifax Home Opener on Thursday, September 21st. We currently have 38 people signed up. If you didn`t sign up on Wednesday but would still like to go or have a guest that would like to attend, please contact Capt A. Phinney. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. If you signed up but find out you can no longer attend, please let Capt Phinney know ASAP so we can find someone else to fill the spot. Dress for this event will be civilian clothing with the squadron t-shirt if you have one.

Paperwork – All cadets must return the paperwork to the admin officer (2Lt Kinney) ASAP. This includes enrollment forms, annual validation forms, and detailed health questionnaires. Cadets will not be permitted to attend events (gliding, field training, etc) if this paperwork has not been returned. 

Fund raising – We have a bottle drive scheduled for the morning of Saturday 7 Oct 17. We need as many people with trucks as possible to help us out with collecting bottles. If you have a truck and are available to help us with this please let Capt Phinney know. The number of drivers will help us determine how many neighbourhoods we are able to visit.

Upcoming Events:

  • – 23 Sep 17 – Gliding (mandatory training for all cadets)
  • – 29 Sep – 1 Oct 17 – Field Training Exercise (mandatory training for all cadets)
  • – 6-7 Oct 17 – Bottle Drive
  • – 12-14 Oct 17 – Tagging Fund Raiser
    For more information on events visit our website:

Recruiting – this year we will again be running a “bring a friend” program. All cadets are encouraged to bring a friend who may be interested in joining cadets. If their friend joins and stays over three weeks the cadet who brought the friend will have their name entered into a draw for a prize.

Reminder: If a cadet cannot make it to a Wednesday night/regular event, the cadet should leave a message on the squadron answering machine 632-3215. Please do not e-mail Capt Phinney or post on facebook. This will ensure the admin o gets the message and can mark the cadet as excused.

For more information check out our facebook page and follow us on Twitter @161aircadets.