The 254 has commenced their season of Cadet training, and they are fully invested in Ceremonial Drill. On Sunday, September 23, the Corps’ Drill Instructor, Warrant Officer Amy Cornick
formed a Guard of Honour at historic Fort Edward here in Windsor. The Guard gave the formal salute and welcomed dignitaries ranging from Municipal and Provincial representatives to International visitors as they participated in the Centenary of the Jewish Legion. The Jewish Legion was part of the 39th Battalion Royal Fusiliers formed in Windsor in 1918. A little known fact was that the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion
, was a Corporal in the Jewish Legion, receiving his formative military training right here in Windsor. At the precise timing, WO Cornick
gave the General Salute, Present Arms, and members the Guard who were armed with Claymore Swords responded with a crisp military movement.
Returning from the parade, the Corps prepared for the normal weekly training. The first order of business was our Assembly on Wednesday morning. Here, we were treated to a demonstration of Precision Drill. Our Corps’ Drill Instructor, WO Amy Cornick
, accompanied by Cadets Aimee Cooper and Makayli Paul
, treated the student body to an amazing demonstration of rifle drill. These ladies were nothing short of fantastic. Amy Cornick
is the driving force behind our Drill programme. She recently graduated from the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course at Greenwood and has returned with a considerable skill set.
We have a broad range of both Canadian and International Non-Commissioned Officers in our ranks this year. They have stepped forward eagerly to take on the additional responsibilities that are inherent to the rank they wear. Under the tutelage of our Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Sophie Fraser
and her Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Lane Latreille
, the Corps moved into the afternoon instruction phase. Some were more relaxed and seasoned than others but, at the end of the day, the ice was broken and the nerves were calmed. The 254 has some fine leadership this year and some fun activities planned for the future.
Rounding out this week of ceremonial, the 254 mounted another Guard of Honour on Thursday, September 27 to officially observe the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Landing Strong, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of Veterans coping with Operational Stress Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What a great duty for young cadets to perform by honouring Canadian Veterans in this manner. This Guard was commanded by Warrant Officer Madeleine Smith
, a former member of the KES Drill Team. Her Worship, the Mayor of Windsor, Anna Allen
assisted by Dr Belinda Seagram
cut the ribbon, officially opening Landing Strong. Warrant Officer Smith
ordered the General Salute and our own Pipe Major, Master Warrant Officer Nicola du Toit
gave a rousing rendition of Mary’s Wedding
on the bagpipes.
What a great week to be a cadet in the 254.Captain Keith HynesCommanding Officer254 King’s-Edgehill School RCACC
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