The 155 Borden Gray GC Squadron had a unique experience at their Change of Command Parade on Wednesday evening at the Bushplane Museum, where Captain Ken Floyd CD assumed command from Captain James Browne, who has been the Commanding Officer for the past four years.
This event, which usually takes place at the Armories, took place at the Bushplane this year to coincide with Dr. Roberta Bondar’s visit to the hangar, giving the Cadets the opportunity to listen to Dr. Bondar after the Change of Command ceremony, which they wouldn’t have gotten to do at the Armories.
“(This is) amazing,” Captain Roy Harten, 155 Borden Gray Air Cadet Squadron told SaultOnline. “To try to get Dr. Bondar in a location at any given time is kind of difficult because she’s a very busy person, and to be able to have her here and be in close proximity to this change of command, but then having the Cadets be able to hear her speak and her multimedia presentation on some of the things that she’s done will be a great opportunity for them.”
Air Cadets across the country learn about Dr. Bondar during the year, through the Cadet training program, but it isn’t often they get the opportunity to meet her face to face.
“We were able to tie it in with our partnership with the Bushplane Museum as part of the Dr. Roberta Bondar Air Cadet training program,” Harten said.
“(This program is held) here every second Monday, where the Junior Cadets learn about small engines and the Senior Cadets learn about aeroengines, aircraft maintenance, some electronics. So that all kind of ties into Dr. Bondar and our connection with the Bushplane as well.”
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