Upcoming Events

WARRIORS DAY PARADE 2014

wdp2014-aThis years parade is in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of The Great War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Saturday, August 16th, 2014, starting at 10:30am Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto

Come out and support your Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces!

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NIAGARA EVENTS

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane
July 25th, 2014

07252014On this date 200 years ago took place the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812. Come and be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event remembering the soldiers who fought and gave their lives.

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Echoes of Niagara’s Past

Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014
10 am to 5 pm

Niagara-Military-History2aJoin us on the grounds of Fort George as we commemorate over 200 years of Niagara’s Military History and the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War. During that long conflict the grounds of Fort George served as a training base for Canadian Soldiers. Members of GCC Niagara and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment will be taking part in Echoes of Niagara’s Past.

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LONDON EVENTS

GCC London Roster of Speakers

10 September 2014
COS 31 CBG – Present & Future
LCol Dan McLean

8 October 2014
HMCS Prevost & The Naval Reserve
LCdr Iain Findlater

12 November 2014
Battle of Ortona
LCol Joe Murray

Fanshawe 1812: The Invasion of Upper Canada
October 4th – 5th, 2014

1812fanoctCome and experience life and battles during the War of 1812 at this premier event.

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Echoes of Niagara’s Military Past 2014

Members of GCC Niagara and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment will be taking part in Echoes of Niagara’s Past this summer.

Niagara-Military-History6Join us at Fort George on August 23 and 24, 2014 as we commemorate over 200 years of Niagara’s Military History and the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War. During that long conflict the grounds of Fort George served as a training base for Canadian Soldiers.

The Fort will come alive as Interpreters, Animators and Veterans display uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from the War of 1812, WWI, WWII and many more.

Click here for photos of last years event.

Click below to watch last years parade in Niagara on the Lake

Summer Training Challenges Cadets To Excel

This article was first published in the GCC London Newsletter. You can access it at the following link http://www.gcclondon.ca/images/June2014-GCC-Newsletter.pdf

With the school year coming to a close, and summer fast approaching, Sea, Army and Air Cadets are counting the days until summer training begins. Each year, thousands of young men and women from communities in every corner of the country travel to one of 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTC) scattered across the country to take part in a diverse array of opportunities offered by the Canadian Cadet Organization.

“Summer training opportunities are something that no person would ever be able to experience on their own,” offered Warrant Officer First Class Hannah Stewart of 10 Timmins Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron as she recalled her own CSTC experiences. Courses range from introductory to highly specialized and can be from two to eight weeks long depending on the developmental phase and the course of study.

“General Training in my first year was a blast but was also very helpful because I was able to explore all the amazing opportunities I could experience beyond that first summer,” explained Master Warrant Officer Devlyn Lohnes from 1944 Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps out of Creemore, Ont. ”There are an incredible number of different directions and training options that are available to cadets that a lot of people probably don’t realize this Program offers.”

Some courses are designed to develop skill-sets in specific areas such as music, sports and fitness, ceremonial drill functions, or marksmanship and bring together cadets from all three elements to provide training that is common across Sea, Army, and Air cadet curriculums. There also a number of courses which are unique to the three components and provide distinct opportunities for cadets to receive enhanced training in areas unique to their elemental program.

cadet-picWere she a Sea Cadet, WO1 Stewart from Timmins might have specialized in driving an assortment of small boats, cruised the oceans aboard state of the art naval patrol vessels or become an expert in two-person sailboat racing. Where, as an Army Cadet, she might have spent her days refining her skills in leadership, trekking or mountain biking through the Rockies on an expedition, or leapt from an airplane on the Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Course. Or she may have spent a summer with MWO Lohnes representing Canada at the Commonwealth Imperial Meeting international shooting competition in Bisley, England. But as an Air Cadet, it was in the cockpit that Stewart found her passion as she spent several summers learning and training to become a licensed pilot.

“I had never gotten so much of a rush in my life before,” she said of the first time she flew a glider on her own. “I was literally sitting in the cockpit shouting “This is so awesome!” the entire first solo flight because I realized that I was flying an aircraft all by myself.”

More than simply a summer getaway, each cadet summer training course has its own set of curriculum designed to not only provide fun and challenge to the cadets, but to provide them with subject matter expertise that will prove valuable to their local cadet unit upon their return. Survival Instructors teach their fellow air cadets critical skills for surviving in the field. Sail Instructors allow Sea Cadet Corps to run on-water training that would otherwise require bringing in specialists. Graduates from each course offer something unique, which in turn broadens the opportunities and experiences of all the members of their unit.

“In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime experiences and friendships that I got out of each summer, I also gained a lot of knowledge and skills that I use at the cadet corps throughout the year,” explained Lohnes. “Not only was I able to help coach our unit shooting team to multiple gold-medal finishes, but the overall leadership and teamwork development I received have supported me in my role as the RSM in charge of my cadet corps.”

Once they have progressed far enough in their own training, cadets can even return to the training centres as Staff Cadets employed to assist in the conduct of the courses. Jobs range from support work such as maintaining equipment or administration to working directly in training, passing on their expertise to a new generation of cadet trainees. The advantages of summer training go beyond the skills taught in their classes however. The challenges faced on these courses require cadets to develop their skills in problem solving, leadership, and effective communication, to name but a few. With these skills, and the self-confidence earned through hard work, these cadets become a crucial part of the smooth operation of their home unit and most other groups and organizations that they become a part of.

“I am so happy that I have had the chance to spend my summers away from home on these amazing adventures. They have changed my life forever,” concludes a confident and grateful Stewart. “The cadet summer training experiences are something that every cadet gains benefit from to not only help them progress through the Cadet Program but also through life in general.”

The Cadet Program offers experiences that Canadian youth simply cannot get anywhere else. Through this dynamic training program, cadets are motivated to improve their physical fitness, to work harder on their academic studies and to give back to their communities all the while making lasting friendships and acquiring lifelong skills that will better prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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GCC London Hosts Presentation On US Coast Guard effort to recover three WW2 flyers

On June 11th, Commander Joseph E. Deer, (Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit) was the speaker at the GCC London noon meeting. His presentation told the story of how a WWII U.S. Coast Guard aircrew, flying a J2F4 Grumman Duck, completed a dramatic rescue of two airman from a b-17 using methods never before attempted. This daring crew attempted a follow up rescue the next day only to disappear on the Greenland icecap never to be heard from again. The presentation went on to detail an exhumation plan for the aircraft and the three WWII veterans on board to be carried out during the months of July and August 2014.

For more details on Commander Joseph E. Deer, click here.

For more details on Commander Deer’s presentation and the Coast Guard plan, please click on the video link below.

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