Wednesday evenings at The Sault Armouries, September through June, are dedicated to the programmes offered through the 155 Borden Gray (GC) Air Cadet Squadron.
On Wed. May 3rd, the squadron was busy rehearsing drills and exercises in civilian clothes, leading up to this weekend’s 75th Anniversary Annual Inspection.
The Annual Review is free to attend – open to the public and starts at 10:00 am. Superior Media went to the Sault Ste. Marie Armouries and spoke with the 155 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jim Browne.
The Sault Armouries has undergone substantial renovations, including the bleacher seating. “If you haven’t seen the Armouries, it’s a good opportunity to come out and tour the historic building.” shared Captain Browne.
“The 49th Field Regiment is holding an open house in conjunction with the 75th anniversary on Saturday (May 6). There will be tours and folks can see where the improvements have been made to the Armouries.”
Benn Fisher, Warrant Officer Second Class and Commanding Officer, Captain Jim Browne made a presentation to Municipal Council along with LAC Bear – the 155’s (unofficial) mascot. LAC Bear travels all over the world, and has recently returned from participating in the 100 years commemoration events at Vimy Ridge, France.
For more information on the 75th Anniversary Check and history of the 155 through photos, news clippings and trophy award recipients go here: www.75th.155aircadets.com.
· In 1941 the Air Cadet League of Canada was formed to train young men while providing an interest and training in aviation and good citizenship. Junior Air Cadets Corps, Boys, 12 to 14, Senior Cadet Corps 15 to 18 yrs of age.
· 155 Sault Ste Marie Squadron Air Cadets formed in 1942 for boys aged 15 to 18.
· Currently the age for boys and girls in Air Cadets is 12 to 18 yrs of age.
· In the 1980’s the 155 Sqn became officially known as the 155 Borden Gray G.C. Air Cadet Squadron and was named after Flight Officer Borden Gray G.C. a Sault native who posthumously received the George Cross during World War II for his selfless sacrifice to save other members of his flight crew.
· Lakeway Collegiate and Vocational School 130 Wellington was one of the first meeting and training location for the 155 Sqn until 1952 when they moved to Sault Ste Marie Armoury on Pine St.
· The 155 Sqn. trains on Wed night at the Sault Ste Marie Armoury, Pine St. from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Other optional training occurs at the SSM Armoury and at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
· Optional Training includes – Marksmanship Team, Highland Dance, Pipe and Drum, Aircraft Maintenance Training. Small Engine, Electronics, Flight Simulator.
The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian, non-profit, community-based and volunteer-led organization that, in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program. The purpose of the League is to advance the education of the Air Cadets and to promote an interest in the air element of the Canadian Forces, specifically:
To increase knowledge of aviation by providing educational programs and resources, including flight and ground crew training, guided visits to science and aviation facilities, and aviation-related awards and scholarships;
To encourage the development of citizenship and leadership through enrichment activities such as effective speaking and music, community volunteer opportunities, and academic awards and scholarships; and
To provide air cadet training as a means of promoting the efficiency of the armed forces.
Since 1941, a primary and fundamental partnership has existed between the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Air Cadet League of Canada. Section 46 of the National Defence Act authorized the formation of cadet organizations, under the supervision of the Canadian Forces (CF). For DND, this includes such major responsibilities as: provision of cadet uniforms, manuals and training aids; training and pay for Officers in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC); and facilities and staff for Cadet Summer Training Camps (CSTC) and approved courses. In carrying out these responsibilities, the CF must take into account the policies and objectives of the Air Cadet League at the national, provincial and local levels, and cooperate with them to the fullest extent possible.
· Locally the 155 Sqn is currently a member agency of the Sault Ste Marie United Way. Local fundraisers, donations and in-kind donations assist in optional training equipment including Highland uniforms – Pipe and Drum Band, Highland Dance – Aircraft Maintenance. These funds keep the optional training free for youth to join and participate.
· In 2016 the combined 155 Air and 2310 Army Cadet Pipe and Drum Band won top Pipe and Drum Band in Ontario.
· In 2016 the Dr Roberta Bondar Air Cadet Training Program started in partnership with the 155 Sqn and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center.