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Army Cadets praised for dedication to corps

Legion President George Fox presents the Legion Medal of Excellence to Warrant Officer Jonathan Van Gool.


Area Cadet Officer Capt. Krissy Wood pins the Lord Strathcona Medal on Warrant Officer Tyrone Beusekom.

A longstanding tradition continued Saturday with the 63rd annual review of the 2309 Fort Macleod Army Cadets.
Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience reviewed the corps and commended the cadets on their showing.
“I have to say how very impressed I am,” Patience said following the inspection.
Family and friends filled the seats in the Fort Macleod Curling Club to watch the young men and women on parade.
The corps ended the year with the presentation of awards the recognized the dedication and commitment shown by the cadets.
“We as a community certainly appreciate the fact you have taken the opportunity to grow yourselves in a positive manner,” Patience said.
Patience said communities such as Fort Macleod would be better off if more young people took advantage of the training offered by the cadets program.
“The camaraderie, leadership and teamwork you learn in cadets is something that will serve you well in life,” Patience said.
Capt. Randy Ripley, the commanding officer of 2309 Fort Macleod Army Cadets, said the corps has strong support from the community, including program sponsor the Royal Canadian Legion.
“I want to thank the parents and the people who are supporting the cadets,” Ripley said.
Donovan Hieb, the cadets assistant training officer, said that support must continue so the program can grow.
“We’ve been here for 63 years,” Hieb said. “We hope to go for another 63 years, or even 163 years.”
The Green Star Award for the cadet who demonstrates above average commitment and achievement at the Green Star level was presented to Master Bombardier Mary Van Driesten.
The Red Star Award for the cadet who demonstrates above average commitment and achievement at the Red Star level was presented to Master Bombardier Brendan Kreft.
The Silver Star Award for the cadet who demonstrates above average commitment and achievement at the Silver Star level was presented to Sgt. Tyson Van Herk.
The Gold Star Award for the cadet who demonstrates above average commitment and achievement at the Gold Star level was presented to Warrant Officer Jonathan Van Gool.
The award for most improve cadet was presented to Gunner Lance Red Young Man.
Lance Bombardier McNiven received the Marksmanship Award for the cadet who achieved the best shooting score within the corps.
Sgt. Anthony Franko and Bombardier Stephanie Courchesne received the Award of Excellence for the cadets who demonstrated overall commitment to their dress and deportment, cadet standards and participation in activities.
The Legion Efficiency Award for the cadet who demonstrates the highest standard of dress, deportment and commitment went to Warrant Officer Nathan Wubs.
The Const. Dan Patterson Award for citizenship went to Warrant Officer Morgan Downing-Baker.
The Legion Medal of Excellence for the cadet who demonstrates superior commitment to the corps and community was presented to Warrant Officer Jonathan Van Gool.
The Lord Strathcona Medal for proficiency in the skills for being an army cadet was presented to Warrant Officer Tyrone Beusekom.
The Cadet Service Medal for four or more years of service to the cadets was presented to Sgt. Anthony Franko.
Five-year Clasps for five years of service to the cadets were presented to Warrant Officer Martin Brink and Warrant Officer Tyrone Beusekom.
Assistant training officer Donovan Hieb received the Canadian Decoration for his long service to the corps.

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