Swift Current Cadets saluted for achievement during Ceremonial Review

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Swift Current is now home to Saskatchewan’s top Sea Cadet.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Natasha Murray was awarded the Admiral Yanow Award of Merit at the annual Sea, Air and Navy League Cadet Ceremonial Review. The event brought together all three of Swift Current’s cadet programs for an inspection, skills demonstration and awards ceremony on June 7th.

“I was really excited,” Murray said with a laugh after the ceremony. “I almost started crying.”

Murray, who is in her eighth year of service with the cadets, said the win was very rewarding for her, and inspired her to keep going in her cadet service.

“It motivates me a little bit more. I’ve always planned to become an officer, it just adds to it.”

“That was a pretty proud moment, as a CO,” said navy Lt. Jeff Giesbrecht, the cadet corps’ commanding officer. “That’s always a good thing as a CO, when all your cadets get recognized for their hard work throughout the years.”

Murray wasn’t the only winner on the afternoon. Air Cadet Sgt. Mackenzie Lychak was awarded the Lt.-Col. Iver Clifton Memorial Marksmanship Award, while Sgt. Matthew MacDonald received the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence.

Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Dennis was also awarded with the Legion Medal, with Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Gloria Hildebrandt received the Navy League Medal of Excellence.

“They work harder for more awards I think,” Giesbrecht said when about the ceremony’s effect on the cadets. “Once you get one award you just want to keep working some more.  It’s a good feeling, to get recognized for all your hard work, so I think they’ll just keep working harder and harder.”

There were several drills and demonstrations, in addition to the awards. The Sea Cadets showed off their marching, while the Air Cadets gave the crowd a mock target shooting demonstration.

It’s unusual to see the various cadet corps work together, but Giesbrecht said there’s value in holding a joint ceremonial review. He said the skills and teamwork they gain from working together is important.

“We’re kind of like a family. We’re the only cadet corps in the country that parade together, the air cadets, navy league cadets, and sea cadets, so we’ve come together as a group and it showed here today.”

There was also an inspection by Lt.-Col. (retired) Richard Mudryk, CD, who, in his address afterwards, said he was pleased and impressed with what he saw.  He also encouraged the cadets to continue to find new challenges to take on in the days ahead.

The three cadet corps involved in the review where #259 RCSCC Drylander, #605 RCACS Tarry Squadron and #128 NLCC Prairie Schooner.

Organizations: #259 RCSCC Drylander, #605 RCACS Tarry Squadron, #128 NLCC Prairie Schooner

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatchewan

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