Air cadets shine more than their boots

Air cadets shine more than their boots

Warrant Officer 1st Class Mercedes Benz gives instruction to cadets prior to their annual ceremonial review on May 26. Benz was promoted to the top ranking cadet and also won the Legion Medal of Excellence. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
Warrant Officer 2nd Class Michaela Mills is all smiles after winning the Lord Strathcona award. At left is training officer Amy Encina. At right is reviewing officer Martin Johansen. (Lyonel Doherty photos)

Yes, their boots were shiny, but so were their skills on May 26 during the annual ceremonial review hosted by 232 Bighorn (Air Cadet) Squadron.

Reviewing officer Martin Johansen was impressed with the cadets during the inspection inside the hangar on Cessna Street. And like the audience, he marveled at their knowledge during the demonstrations on building a shelter and performing first aid.

Several awards were handed out, including the Lord Strathcona Award that went to Warrant Officer 2ndClass Michaela Mills.

The Legion Medal of Excellence went to newly promoted cadet Warrant Officer 1stClass Mercedes Benz.

The Long Service Award went to Warrant Officer 2ndClass Anna Mardian, Flight Sgt. Garret Mardian and Flight Sgt. Nathan Christian.


Long service awards went to, from left, WO2 Anna Mardian, FSgt. Garret Mardian and FSgt. Nathan Christian.
Reviewing officer Martin Johansen speaks with Cpl. Inook Simard during the inspection.