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The 530 Havoc Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadet Waterloo Squadron formed on August 1st, 1988. Since then, we continued to work with the Canadian Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada to deliver high quality training programs and activities in Waterloo Ontario to youth of age 12 to 18.
The Air Cadet program played a significant role in the achievement of my life’s goals and dreams. As a young boy I had a passion to fly and an interest in the military. Thus, it seemed a natural fit that I should join 614 RCAC Squadron in London Ontario at the age of 12. My time spent with Air Cadets was nothing short of tremendous. It was filled with many challenges and fantastic rewards, and its focus was much broader than the flying and military experience I expected. The program has something to offer for all of Canada’s youth. The highlights for me were the flying scholarships and the friendships. It would be many years later, upon further reflection, that I would truly come to realize the full extent of what the program had given to me. The leadership experiences and the challenge of flying had given me a boost of self-confidence and the courage to set an ambitious course for my life. I’ve never looked back. There are few certainties in life, but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that I would not be where I am today, were it not for the Air Cadet program. For that, I am most grateful. I take a piece of the Air Cadet program with me everywhere I go, and I look forward to taking it to space one day in the future! (614 Forest City Squadron 1988-1994)
I started my own journey as an Air Cadet at the age of 13, having joined 220 (Red River) Air Cadet Squadron in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My decision to join the Air Cadet movement was based on my desire to become a member of an organization that offered me personal challenges and my passion for aircraft. Although I really enjoyed sports, I was also motivated by a strong desire to contribute to my community. The Air Cadets provided all of this and more. I attended Air Cadet summer camps at Penhold Alberta during the summers of 1972 and 1973. I went back to Penhold nearly 30 years later to see the current generation of air cadets. I told them that life was about choices. They had made a choice to join the Air cadets and in my view, it was one of the best choices they ever made in their lives. I have told similar groups of cadets the same message throughout my travels across the country visiting the various corps and squadrons. As the Chief of Defence Staff, I have absolutely no doubt that my formative years as an Air cadet served me well in developing self-discipline, determination and a sense of teamwork. As I have told so many young cadets: «You will be a leader in Canada and any one of you could be the CDS». (220 Red River Squadron)
I dreamed of spaceflight. Watching the first humans leave our Earth to walk on another planet was a young boy’s dream, ignited. I thus clearly knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea how to get myself there. So I did some research. When I looked at what space explorers knew, I saw that they were aviators, engineers and test pilots. Growing up as a farm boy that looked great to me, but I needed to learn how airplanes worked, and how to fly. The Milton 820 RCAC Squadron had recently formed, so I joined and grew up with them from 1973-1977. The lessons I learned there I still draw upon daily: self-discipline, teamwork, technical competence, flying, and leadership. To be able to command the International Space Station in 2012/13, I know full well that it was the Air Cadet experience that allowed me to fly so high. Per Ardua ad Astra! (820 Chris Hadfield Squadron 1973-1977)
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