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Band Cancelled – Jan 20th

20 Jan 23
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Due to weather and road conditions, we will not be having band practice this evening, January 20th.

Change of Command 2022

30 Jun 22
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Today marked Captain Robert Meunier’s last day as Commanding Officer for our unit.

On behalf of the officers, staff, volunteers, sponsors and of course the cadets, We would like to thank Capt. Meunier for 4 years of great leadership, building the squadron, encouraging fun, learning and personal development. We wish you a good transition into your new role as Commanding Officer of 1691 R.C.A.C.S. Bravo Zulu Sir.

With this change of command, we welcome Captain Leigh Cameron as our new CO. Below is his biography.


Captain Leigh Cameron has served with 161 Air Cadet Squadron in a variety of roles over the past 9 years, including training officer and deputy commanding officer. He began his career as a cadet in 1991 with 299 Yarmouth Lions in Yarmouth NS, graduating in 1998 as Warrant Officer Second Class, having completed both the glider pilot course and flying scholarship course. Captain Cameron moved to Saint John after graduation and started volunteering with 161 Air Cadets as a civilian instructor for 3 years, before leaving to pursue work opportunities.

In 2013, Captain Cameron was recruited back to 161 CK Beveridge Squadron to assist with the flying training portion of the program. Captain Cameron joined the CIC in 2014 and has held the positions of instructor, ground school instructor, assistant training officer, training officer and deputy commanding officer.

In civilian life, Captain Cameron has a successful career in information technology. He also volunteers with Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and spends his free time tinkering with and flying his 1946 Erco Ercoupe. He and his wife Tanya live in Grand Bay-Westfield and are proud parents to one daughter Zoey and one son Calum.

Weekly Update 9 Dec – 15 Dec

09 Dec 21
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Here is the weekly update.

Thursday: Virtual IT session: 2030-2130 for levels 3, 4, and 5. Invite has already been sent, use the 161Aircadets Teams for this meeting.

Sunday: Marksmanship: 1800-2030 at the Armouries. New cadets are welcome to attend.

Wednesday: Holiday Party! 1820-2100: Dress is civies (no uniform), feel free to wear a festive sweater and/or hat.

Important Notes: Do not forget proof of vaccine is required for each event and training night. We have a limited supply of masks if you forget yours.
If you haven’t returned your annual validation or detailed medical forms, bring them in as soon as possible.

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 Meunier 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 our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/161aircadets/ and follow us on Twitter @161aircadets.

Weekly Update Dec 2 – Dec 8 21

02 Dec 21
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Here is the weekly update

Saturday: Orienteering Clinic. This is for the cadets who registered only.
Drop off at Lily Lake pavilion between 830 and 900. You must provide proof of vaccine to a staff member.
Dress to be outside all day, there will not be warming facilities available. Bring snacks and water to drink.
Lunch will be provided.
Pickup between 1615 and 1645 at Lily Lake pavilion.

Sunday: Marksmanship: 1800-2030 at the Armouries. New cadets are welcome to attend.

Wednesday: Regular Training. Dress is field training uniform. Wear a warm winter coat, it is cold out this time of year.

Important Notes: Do not forget proof of vaccine is required for each event and training night. We have a limited supply of masks if you forget yours.
If you haven’t returned your annual validation or detailed medical forms, bring them in as soon as possible.

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 Meunier 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 our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/161aircadets/ and follow us on Twitter @161aircadets.

Training Info

09 Sep 21
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If you received an email or message stating there is training this evening, Thursday September 9th, please ignore it.
Regular training is being held on Wednesday evenings only, and we will be starting our optional training on Fridays and Sundays in the next few weeks.

Online Cyber Security Presentation

26 Apr 21
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This is available for all cadets, parents, guardians and staff. We have been invited to attend a presentation that will cover some education around the following topics:

-Identity and Privacy
-Spoofing
-Phishing
-Social Media best practices

The presentation is Tuesday April 27th at 6:30pm, link below:
https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MGFjZWYwZDMtNzBiOC00MmM1LWEzMmItNTExZmVkY2NiMGUx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e08b7eef-b501-4a67-9ed0-07e38bfccee7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220a29c4bd-2f20-43b1-b2a1-c57def9d5cff%22%7d

Great opportunity for Cadets and Parents

24 Apr 21
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The April ZOOM meeting of the Turnbull (NB) Chapter will take place on Saturday, 24 April 2021 at 2:00 pm (Atlantic Daylight Time). The meeting is FREE and open to members of Turnbull and our national CAHS, air cadets and the public. Our speaker is military re-enactor Matt Heintz. His topic will be the Air Cadet history of Canada, with an emphasis on the uniforms and badges worn by cadets since the Second World War. Matt is a former cadet with 191 West Winnipeg Squadron. He was a member from 1998 to 2004. He began collecting shoulder flashes during his last year at summer camp at Penhold. He traded chocolate bars for badges and ended the summer with about 350 badges. The summer of chocolate for badges began his interest in collecting the old uniforms and badges, not only of the Air Cadets across Canada but also of the RCAF. Since 2016 Matt has been involved with 575 Terrier Squadron. Second Lieutenant Heintz is currently the Squadron’s Training Officer.

This is the link to the meeting: Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82486657049
Meeting ID: 824 8665 7049

Please share this with your friends.

Harold E. Wright, Secretary Turnbull (NB) Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society

2021 Training Update for January

08 Jan 21
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.
Given the current situation we have been directed to continue with only virtual training for the month of January. We will be moving our virtual training to Wednesday night, with the current schedule listed below.

Nightly timings:
1825-1850 – Login to meeting for socialization, get caught up, talk with your fellow cadets and staff
1850-1930 – Classes in individual virtual channels or rooms.
1930-1940 – CO to talk, announcements and dismissal

Jan 13th:
Level 1 & 2 – M240.03 Aerospace
Level 3 & 4 – C403.01 Leadership

Jan 20th:
Level 1 & 2 – M107.02 General Cadet Knowledge
Level 3 & 4 – M331.01 Principles of Flight

Jan 27th:
Level 1 & 2 – M131.01 Principles of Flight
Level 3 & 4 – C403.01 Leadership

Feb 3rd:
Level 1 & 2 – M103.02 Leadership
Level 3 & 4 – M331.02 Principles of Flight

Training Cancelled – Friday November 20th

20 Nov 20
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We are going to cancel our regular training for tonight, Friday November 20th and optional training for Sunday November 22nd as a precaution with the current increase in reported cases in the Saint John region. We will update everyone on when regular in-person training is able to resume.
We will look at contacting each family to ensure we are able to deliver virtual training with Microsoft Teams and that all cadets are able to access it. A virtual training schedule will be posted as soon as we have it ready and instructors are ready to teach.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via Facebook.