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Cadets tour Canadian Forces school

Members of the Preeceville Harvard Air Cadets recently experienced a tour of a life-time when they toured the Canadian Armed Forces base.
Members of the Preeceville Air Cadets recently toured the base in Winnipeg.

PREECEVILLE - The Preeceville Harvard Air Cadets travelled to Winnipeg for a fun educational trip on June 1 and returned on June 5.

“We had seven cadets attend and we left Saturday morning, stopping in Brandon MB at the Commonwealth Air Museum,” said Nathan Karcha, officer.

The group arrived at 17 Wing in Winnipeg on Saturday night and then on Sunday morning they toured the Forks in Winnipeg.

Sunday afternoon was spent at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

Monday morning they were taken on a tour of the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training, where the cadets were shown survival skills and shown how pilots train for emergencies in the air such as a sudden loss of air pressure in the cabin.

They were also allowed to try on NVGs (night vision gear). Monday afternoon was spent at the Winnipeg zoo. Monday night was finished off with Activate, which is a bunch of rooms that allow you to join in a video game. There were a bunch of different challenges and skill-testing games, it was a big hit with the cadets. Tuesday morning was a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint. The cadets returned home on June 5.

The Air Cadet League has been in operation since April 9, 1941. They are a proud non-profit whose mission is to promote and encourage the nation’s youth to develop and maintain an interest in aviation, leadership and citizenship, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces and other organizations, states the Air Cadet website.

With the generous help of sponsors, donors, and volunteers, the Air Cadet League helps provide fun and innovative ways for youth to make a difference in their community all while learning about aviation. They graduate from the air cadet program feeling confident and armed with skillsets that will last them a lifetime.