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Beausejour cadets tour 17 Wing

March 21, 2012, Winnipeg - Staring up at the vast wing span of the Hercules C-130 Aircraft, Air Cadets from Beausejour were given a valued familiarization of the assets of the Canadian Forces and the Aviation Industry on Saturday, March 17 in Winnipeg.


March 21, 2012
By The Beausejour Review

“Bringing these completely different squadrons together for this tour
was a memory to last a lifetime,” said Warrant Officer Second Class
Jessica Arnfinson of 317 Strathclair Squadron. “Air Cadets is not just
about classes and drill; it is about adventures, friendships and people
you will never forget.”

 

Over 100 Air Cadets were given a
fascinating tour of 17 Wing’s Combined Aerospace Operations Centre, 435
Search and Rescue and 402 Winnipeg Squadrons, 17 Wing Logistics and
Engineering Branch, Air Force History and Heritage Museum, Red River
College’s Stevenson Campus, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. Firehall
and the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Volunteers from each facility
treated the Air Cadets to the highlights of their roles within the
aviation industry.

 

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“It was a very impressive day for these young
Canadians.” said Leigh Joiner of the Air Cadet League of Canada
(Manitoba Branch). “Our sincere thanks goes out to all of the volunteers
who gave of their time to provide these Air Cadets with an opportunity
that would be hard to match in a rural area such as Thompson.”

 

The
Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. is a civilian volunteer
non-profit organization partnered with the Canadian Forces to implement
the Air Cadet Program in Manitoba. There are eight units in Winnipeg
and 16 units throughout Manitoba with a total membership of almost 1,400
teenagers.

 

Air Cadets participate in a prescribed program during
the school year and may be chosen to attend summer camps for athletic,
survival, aerospace, leadership, music, glider pilot and private pilot
training.

 

In the past four summers, Manitobans have been
selected for the International Air Cadet Exchange to Australia,
Belgium, France, Hong Kong , Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and
the United States.

 

Over $30,000 in scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to the Air Cadets ready to pursue post-secondary education.