Deborah Clarke snaps a salute as Bob Burchinshaw begins inspecting the 259 Panther Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets on Saturday in Penticton. Clarke

Deborah Clarke snaps a salute as Bob Burchinshaw begins inspecting the 259 Panther Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets on Saturday in Penticton. Clarke

Penticton air cadets go on parade

Local youth organization wraps up training season in front of parents, cadet brass

Members of 259 Panther Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets paraded Saturday in their annual review ceremony, which completed the training year.

The 46-person squadron paraded at the HNZ Topflight hangar in front of family and friends, and reviewing officer Bob Burchinshaw, governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada. Other members of the review team included Joseph Michael Brazeau, a B.C. representative for the league, and Linda Leibel, chair of the local sponsoring committee.

The 259 Panther Squadron parade commander was cadet warrant officer second class Deborah Clarke.

Cadet summer instruction will be held at training centres across Canada, which will be attended by Penticton members, who will learn survival training, basic aviation technology and leadership skills, among other things.

Clarke, the parade commander, will spend part of the summer on a cadet exchange that will take her to France, while cadet flight sergeant Brett Lang will attend regional power instruction school in Victoria to earn a private pilot’s licenceCadet flight sergeant Liam Cole and cadet sergeant Dustin Leibel will attend a six-week gliding course at CFB Comox, and cadet flight corporal Oscar Morrison is off to Ontario to an advanced aerospace scholarship course for six weeks.

The aim of the cadet organization is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, to promote physical fitness, and to stimulate an interest in the activities of the Canadian Air Force.

Young people age 12 to 18 years are eligible to enrol. The new training year starts in September. For further information, contact captain Richard Hellyer at 250-492-0777.