On May 31, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, we celebrated our 57th Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) and Change of Command Ceremony virtually through a Facebook Live event and 18 e-static displays due to social distancing measures. Our Reviewing Officer for the event was Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.
We were welcomed by a performance by the 75/742 Squadrons Band Programs, before beginning the ACR.
We looked back at some highlights from the 2019-2020 training year. This was followed by the presentation of awards for physical fitness, marksmanship, ground school, the Band Programs, and drill team.
We then recognized the cadets with an exceptional level of participation and contribution to the training program, teams, and squadron activities by conferring more awards! (FULL AWARD RECIPIENT LIST BELOW)
Next, we moved onto speeches. We had the honour and privilege to have LGen J.M. Lanthier accompanied by CWO M. Colbert address the cadets. As well as, Ms V. Morisset, the Quebec and Ottawa Valley Provincial Secretary for the Air Cadet League of Canada, make her address to the cadets. This was followed by speeches from Mrs A. Calvano, Sponsoring Committee Chairperson, and Maj S. Element, Commanding Officer.
We then reached the point for the Change of Command Ceremony. Although a change of command can be a simple office signing ceremony or a review may be held to mark the occasion. In our case, the Outgoing CO (Maj S. Element) presented the Squadron Banner to the Incoming CO (Maj L. Brennan) to accept command of 742 Squadron while maintaining social distancing measures.
Once Maj L. Brennan accepted the Squadron Banner, he made his address to the squadron, ending his speech with "742, Best in Blue!"
We concluded the 57th ACR again with a performance from the Band Programs playing the RCAF March Past during last year's ACR and had scrolling credits to recognize and thank the staff and senior cadets from the 2019-2020 training year.
Congratulations to all 250 cadets from this training year! We are all very proud of you! Keep up with us on our website and social media platforms. We wish you all a wonderful summer!
2019-2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Athletic Achievement Award: FSgt John Moore Ede
Top Marksman Award: WO1 Jackson Corbeil
Arlo Speer Award Scholarship Ground School of Excellence: WO2 Brady Thompson & FSgt Osama Marei
George Mayer Award for General Ground School: FCpl Riley Kamotzki
Best 742 Junior Band P&D: LAC Jasleen Girn
Best 742 Junior Band B&R: Cpl Amina Syed & LAC Omar Sambo
Best 742 Senior Band P&D: FSgt Paul Fohr
Best 742 Senior Band B&R: Sgt Razi Syed & Sgt Brian Liu
Best 742 Highland Dancer: LAC Morgan Harrison-Stone
Top Drill Team Member: WO2 Christopher Trinh
Special Service Trophy: WO2 Samvel Navasardyan
CO's Trophy (Top Instructor): WO2 Raissa Amany
Top Level 1 Cadet: LAC Piper Donner
Top Level 2 Cadet: FCpl Owen Bueckert
Top Level 3 Cadet: Sgt Antoine Hickey
Top Level 4 Cadet: FSgt Benjamin Falsetto
Top Level 5 Cadet: WO2 Shaun Seneviratne
Top Junior Non-Commissioned Member: Sgt Marina Jeannot
Top Senior Non-Commissioned Member: WO2 Christopher Trinh
Montgomery Trophy (Most Proficient Cadet): WO1 Jackson Corbeil
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence: WO2 Brady Thompson
Lord Strathcona Medal of Honour: WO1 Jackson Corbeil
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