New Officer Sworn In

December 3, 2019                                                            581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Local Castlegar resident Dave Blancher is no stranger to supporting his local community or country; having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for just over 20 years between 1989 to 2009, he now works as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) for the BC Ambulance Service.  Now he can add a new item to his list of accomplishments after being sworn in as an Officer Cadet for the Castlegar Air Cadets.

Capt. Gerry Rempel, the commanding officer of the 581 Squadron, swore in his new officer on November 19th, during a regular parade night for the Air Cadets.  “I’ve known Dave for just over 8 years, starting when he and I were both involved with St John Ambulance.” said Capt. Rempel, “He will be an important addition to our Squadron and we are lucky to have him.”

As an Officer Cadet, Dave is now a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.  His primary duty will be as the assistance supply officer and instructing Cadets.  “Before I joined the regular forces, I was with the Nelson squadron for 4 years.  It really helped prepare me for a life in the armed forces” said OC Dave Blancher.

Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) consists of specially trained part-time members of the Canadian Forces. CIC officers are responsible for cadet training, supervision and administration; and are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Cadet program.

“We are always looking for new volunteers to join and help support this great program.” said Capt. Rempel.  “Without Officers and the volunteers who run our Squadron Sponsoring Committee we couldn’t have a Cadet squadron here in Castlegar.  Individuals donate large amounts of time and it shows in how successful out Cadet Program has been.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Castlegar Air Cadets either as an Officer or volunteer you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or their website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

Dave Blancher (right) and Capt. Gerry Rempel (left) Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher (right) and Capt. Gerry Rempel (left) Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher signing his paperwork, making him an official CIC officer as Capt. Gerry Rempel and F.Sgt Anthony Ismay look on.  Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher signing his paperwork, making him an official CIC officer as Capt. Gerry Rempel and F.Sgt Anthony Ismay look on. Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Cadet Air Mail

November 29, 2019                                                         581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – When the Canadian Armed Forces tweeted out an appeal for holiday greetings for soldiers serving away from home this holiday season, the Castlegar Air Cadets answered the call and got right down to work.

“I have a friend who has served overseas, in a variety of operations, so I know how important caring contact from home can be.”  Said 2Lt Barb. Makortoff the squadron’s administration officer who organized the letter-writing night. “not all soldiers have a supportive family back home, but even those that do, appreciate the care and thoughtfulness of those at home, known or unknown.”

The Castlegar Air Cadets recently visited seniors in local care homes around the community during Remembrance Day activities and took part in the Castlegar Remembrance Day Services held on November 11.  “It only seemed like the next step to take to teach the younger generation, what it is all about…LEST WE FORGET.” said Makortoff.

The aim of the Air Cadets is to “develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and to stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces”.  The Castlegar Air Cadets have been strong members of the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.

“It makes me feel good to know that someone who might not have gotten a letter from home will get one now for the holiday season.” Said F.Sgt Dylan Hastie when asked about the letter he wrote.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living.  They meet every Tuesday night at 6 pm.  For more information, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca

Members of the 581 Squadron holding their letters to be sent to Canadian Armed Forces members serving away from home.  Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Members of the 581 Squadron holding their letters to be sent to Canadian Armed Forces members serving away from home. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Top Gun Movie Night Supports Food Bank and Air Cadets

November 20, 2019                                                          581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – The Castlegar Air Cadets recently invited the public to join them for a movie night at the Castle Theatre on November 12, 2019.  The movie of the night? “Top Gun”, a true 80s classic.  A video showing off some of the amazing things Air Cadets do was shown to the audience prior to the screening.

The Air Cadets collected both cash and non-perishable food donations from patrons.   Half the financial donations which they recently presented to the Community Harvest Food Bank on November 20.

“It was a much deserved fun night after all the training and effort they [Cadets] put in to preparing for and participating in Remembrance Day,” said Shelley Hastie who is part of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.  “We wanted to do a fun night that would also benefit the local community.  We intend to do more events like this in the future.”

The Castlegar Air Cadets will also be hosting a “Paws for Claus” photo shoot event on November 30 with a portion of the proceeds going to support the local SPCA.  For more information about Paws for Claus you can check out the Castlegar Air Cadets Facebook page.

The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to be strong community members and help support local causes.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

Uniformed and ununiformed Cadets greeting guests for the Top Gun movie night. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

F.Sgt Dylan Hastie greeting movies goers with pizazz. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Capt. Gerry Rempel presenting the Community Harvest Food Bank with a cheque with cadets looking on holding non-perishable food donations. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Poppy Campaign

Castlegar Air Cadets hand out Poppies

October 25, 2019                                                             581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Every year, in the days leading up to November 11, the Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands who volunteer across the county to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families.

From the last Friday of October to November 11, the Poppy is worn by millions of Canadians from coast to coast as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom.  Castlegar Air Cadets and the members of the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 will be out and around Castlegar distributing poppies.

Castlegar Air Cadets will be at stationed at local businesses around Castlegar in the opening days of the 2019 Poppy Campaign to help raise money for the Poppy Fund.  While the Poppy is available freely to all who wish to wear one, the Legion gratefully accepts donations.

“The Poppy drive is an important activity that the Cadets take part in each year.” Said Capt. Gerry Rempel, the commanding officer of the 581 Castlegar Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.  “The importance of Remembrance Day and the Poppy are something we teach to the Cadets.  The Cadets are also a big part of the Remembrance day Ceremony in Castlegar, and they spent a significant amount of time training for the day.”

The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to take part in the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance day.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

AC VanderHave and AC Bosch. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

F. Sgt. Anthony Ismay. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

LAC Maddy Fairclough. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

Associated Links

581castlegaraircadets.ca

www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets

Contact:

Matthew Mussio

581 Squadron Sponsoring Committee Secretary

West Kootenays
Email: mmussio@gmail.com

Air Cadets and Scouts Join Forces

Pass Creek Fall Fair

September 24, 2019                                                                  581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Castlegar Air Cadets joined forces with the 1st Robson Scouts and Venturers to give the public what they wanted at the 26th Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair – “Cotton Candy”.  Always a fan favorite, the sales of the cotton candy, are an important part of the Castlegar Air Cadets fundraising.

“The sales of Cotton Candy and the money made from parking at the fall fair is a very important fundraising activity for us.” said Shelley Hastie, the 581 Squadron Sponsoring Committee treasurer.  “This year we had a limited number of parent volunteers and cadets available to look after both the parking and cotton candy booth, so we reached out to the Scouts and asked if they could help us out on Sunday.  Without them we couldn’t have made it work.  We are very thankful.”

When asked about working with the Scouts, Air Cadet Warrant Office 2nd Class Deannah Kaiser, had this to say “I would say it was a really fun experience getting to know other people and learning how different youth groups work and what fun things they do. It was a big help having that many hands on in each shift.”

“It’s great to see youth and adults from different organizations come together supporting each other” said Scouter Deidre Price “1st Robson (scouts) is currently fundraising to send 4 youth and 2 adults to the International Scout Center in Kandersteg, Switzerland.”

The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to be present for important events such as the Pass Creek Fall Fair.

The 1st Robson Scouts are open for 11 and 14 year olds, and the Venturers for 15 to 17 year olds.  For more information about Scouts Canada visit www.scouts.ca

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

Cadets and Scouts making cotton candy.. Photo credit: Deannah Kaiser

It is a sticky job but someone has to do it. Photo credit: Deannah Kaiser

Fudge and Peanut Brittle

Cadets Fundraising

September 27, 2019                                                        581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Castlegar Air Cadets are out selling fudge and peanut brittle for a limited time.  Money raised will go to support their yearend trip and other activities.  With 12 flavours of fudge and 11 varieties of peanut brittle available for purchase, they are bound to have something for everyone.

Available for $7 each or 3 for $18 these are a great deal.  A full list of available options is included below:

Fudge Peanut Brittle
Butter Pecan Coconut
Chocolate Peanut
Chocolate Caramel Sesame
Chocolate Mint Swirl Sunflower
Chocolate Walnut Trail Mix
Chocolate Peanut Butter Sea Salt & Pepper Peanut
Cookies and Cream Chipotle Peanut
Maple Walnut Asian Mix
Turtle Delight Sea Salt Peanut
Pralines and Cream Salted Sunshine
Skornado Trop. Mix

Thank you everyone for supporting our Air Cadets! Orders are now closed, we will keep you updated on our Facebook page for order pickup.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

Fudge and Brittle

The Castlegar Air Cadets are out selling fudge and peanut brittle for a limited time. Money raised will go to support their yearend trip and other activities. With 12 flavours of fudge and 11 varieties of peanut brittle available for purchase, they are bound to have something for everyone.

Posted by Castlegar Air Cadets on Friday, September 27, 2019

Cadets Walk the Walk

Cadets walk to support local seniors

September 26, 2019                                                        581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Air Cadets from the 581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron took to the streets today.  With members of the Castlegar Rebels, West Kootenay Kennel Club, 99.3 the Goat FM, and many others from the community to support the CastleWood Village Alzheimer’s Walk.  An annual fundraising event to support local Alzheimer’s care.  Bringing awareness to the community about dementia.

Lead by F.Sgt Dylan Hastie and F.Cpl Searra Corke the procession started out at CastleWood in downtown Castlegar.  Passing by the Castlegar Community Library and the Castlegar Court House before returning to Castlewood.

“It was fun serving juice and coffee to the seniors.  It is great to interact with these seniors and help out with this great cause.” said F.Sgt Dylan Hastie, the senior Cadet who helped lead the procession around town.

Joined later by F.Sgt Sierra Johnson, the Air Cadets helped to serve coffee, juice and hot chocolate and chat with some of the senior citizens.

The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to be present for important events such as this and Remembrance day.

F.Cpl S. Corke, F. Sgt S.Johnson and F.Sgt D. Hastie chatting with a retired Air Force Veteran. Photo credit: Gerry Rempel

F.Sgt D. Hastie and F.Cpl S. Corke lead the procession down the street. Photo credit: Gerry Rempel

Castlegar Air Cadets Go Gliding

Putting the Air back in to Air Cadets

September 9, 2019 – 581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Trail, BC – Despite some grey cloudy weather and a few rain drops the Cadets from the local Castlegar Air Cadet squadron 581 made the trip to The Trail Regional Airport to take to the skies on the morning of September 8, 2019.

Crew members CI Howard Grantham, Capt. Craig Ralph, Capt. Kim Hoath and 2nd Lt Andrew Stoney from the Regional Gliding School based out of Oliver and Major Kevin DeBiasio from Trail, BC were on hand to talk with cadets and teach them about gliding operations.

“Gliding is fun and filled with potential opportunities such as glider courses at summer camps. If you aren’t as interested in gliding you can also take a course on an actual pilot’s license course making it a potential career choice as well.” said F/Sgt. Dylan Hastie who has been a cadet for 4 years when asked what he thought about gliding.

During the day Cadets were offered a chance to learn about the gliders, take part in ground operations and go for a ride.  It is an opportunity to “…put the air back in Air Cadets…” says Capt. Kim Hoath who piloted the tug plane responsible for towing the glider in to flight.  Cadets were also given an opportunity to ride in the tug plane with Capt. Hoath.

The glider, a Schweizer model SGS 2-33A, weighs in at just over 450 kgs, can carry a pilot and a passenger to altitudes greater than 1200 meters.

In addition to taking part in gliding days like these, the Castlegar Air Cadets has 6 flight simulators available for Cadet use.  “Cadets can participate in flight simulator training to earn their flight sim badge.” said Hue Anderson a former cadet whose passion for the cadet program has him earned him a spot as a volunteer instructor.  Cadets can also earn credits towards high school graduation and even earn a pay check when attending various Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) during summer months.

The 581 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets meets every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm at the Air Cadet hall in Castlegar.  The squadron is always opening to welcoming new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.

Photo of AC Amber Smith moments before take off – Photo Credit – Matthew Mussio

Photo of 2nd Lt. A Stoney giving Cadets their preflight safety

Photo of AC Amber Smith preparing for her first ever glider flight – Photo Credit – Matthew Mussio