Last week Major Burns offered these words to the cadets and staff as the new year kicked off. They’re being posted here for those that may have missed the evening.
Good Day Members of 2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron,
It was great to see many of you and to see the hub of activity as administrative information was verified, supply issues sorted through, training matters set for the upcoming year and to enjoy that BBQ that was ‘super’ enjoyable as always from the SSC.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to officially introduce my successor, your Incoming Commanding Officer, to all of you. I’ve known Major Blight for many years and I know you will be super impressed by her high level of organizational skills, her professionalism and her dedication to the task of making our Squadron the very best it can be. She’s no stranger to us as she has served for quite some time as our Regional Cadet Advisor.
Without any exaggeration, I can tell you I expect to see 2 Squadron picking up the Top in Ontario Award over the next couple of years – with Major Blight’s great experience and leadership; the staff teams outstanding dedication to the success of each and every cadet; the marvelous support and hard work of our Squadron Sponsoring Committee under the guidance of Mrs. Codlin; the wonderful ‘leadership by example’ set by the Warrant Officers (WOs) and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs); and most significantly the eager participation, fun loving, adventurous and positive outlook of you, our air cadets. All the necessary plans and parts are lined up for this Squadron to soar to the very top.
For the curious amongst you, I will be moving on to a new position as one of three Area Elemental Advisors (AEAs) for SEOA. This position used to be called Regional Cadet Advisor and while much of the job is the same there are a few changes. I’ll still be your CO for a little while longer but please allow me to say: It’s been a great honour to serve with you over the past year. Together we’ve grown the Squadron in size but more importantly we’ve worked hard as a team to do our best at the many competitions we attended; we’ve fostered an optimistic spirit and encouraged one another (regardless of rank or position) to consistently look for the positive; we’ve trained hard and felt the success of many promotions; we’ve proven to all around us that while our number is 2 – we are second to none!
We will be having a Change of Command Parade on Friday 29 September. The invitation is attached with the details. No need for cadets and staff to RSVP as this is a mandatory parade. Please RSVP to Captain Howie at email@example.com if you will be attending. We’ll be honoured that night with Major Andersen, the Officer in Charge of the South Eastern Ontario Area (SEOA) of Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) Central, serving as our Presiding Officer.
Keep looking for the positive,