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  • 3 Striker Squadron visit to the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory The following is a report written by Robert Duff of the RASC London Centre. Published on their web site.Exploring the Stars, #3 Striker Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, March ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 12:17 PM by Eric Clinton
  • Garrison Ball Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2018Time: 7PM-10:30PM Where: Strathroy Royal Canadian Legion, 226 Metcalfe St. W, Strathroy For: #11 Corps and #3 Sqn Cadets and their guestsCost ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 12:14 PM by Eric Clinton
  • 3 Squadron banners on Strathroy-Caradoc town signs The 3 Striker Squadron Sponsoring Committee has created signs that will be posted, from time-to-time, on the town signs.  Parents of new recruits, if you saw them, let ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 6:51 AM by Eric Clinton
  • 2016/2017 Activities 6 September          Opening Parade17 September        Gliding Familiarization, Centralia25 September        Marksmanship Day1 October               Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome visit6-8 October           Tag Days21-23 October        FTX Exercise ...
    Posted May 28, 2017, 9:56 AM by Eric Clinton
  • 2016/2017 Sqn Awards Top Level 1 - 403 Wing - Cpl. K. StinsonTop Level 2 - Legion Br 116 - Cpl. I. RosedaleTop Level 3 - 427 Wing - Sgt.R. RedfearnTop Level 4 - Legion Br ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 12:04 PM by Eric Clinton
  • T-33s on display in Ontario Here is a list of where to find pedestal mounted T-33 Silver Stars and other heritage aircraft and aviation memorials, in Ontario, by region. Southwestern Ontario Essex: Essex Memorial ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2017, 1:48 PM by Eric Clinton
  • Mess Dinner The Mess Dinner is one of the most important traditions of the Canadian Forces (CF).  Historically, the mess dinner was the time, after working hours, when members sat down for ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2017, 5:38 AM by Eric Clinton
  • Poppy Placement Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of almost half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 6:51 AM by Eric Clinton
  • The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2016 Dale Scholarship Recipient OTTAWA, ON (June 19, 2016)  The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Rebecca Mather who has been awarded the $1,000.00 Robert Gordon ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 8:27 AM by Eric Clinton
  • 2015/2016 Activities 8 September   Opening Parade19 September Gliding Familiarization20 September Legion Week Cairn Honour Guard26 September Marksmanship Day3 October       Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome Visit8-10 October  Tag ...
    Posted May 28, 2017, 9:50 AM by Eric Clinton
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3 Striker Squadron visit to the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory

posted Apr 11, 2018, 12:16 PM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 12:17 PM ]

The following is a report written by Robert Duff of the RASC London Centre. Published on their web site.

Exploring the Stars, #3 Striker Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, March 6th, 2018

A clear, later partly cloudy sky, greeted 46 visitors, including 40 Cadets and 4 adults (later joined by 2 more adults) from #3 Striker Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, who arrived on a school bus from Strathroy, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The History of Space Exploration” and then invited RASC London member Bob Duff to the front of the room to help field questions.

Amanda then divided everybody into 2 groups with one group going upstairs into the dome and the other remaining in the lecture room to do the activity “Telescope Kits,” with the Cadets assembling and testing simple telescopes from small reusable kits. The 2 groups later traded places between the dome and the “Telescope Kits” activity in the lecture room.

RASC London Centre member Everett Clark directed the big 25.4cm refractor (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 258X) towards the double star Castor and set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian (Meade 28mm Super Wide Angle eyepiece, 40X) on the observation deck. Bob gave 2 telescope talks, one to each group as they arrived in the dome, on some of the history of the observatory and technical aspects of the 25.4cm refractor. Everett showed the Cadets the double star Castor through the 25.4cm refractor. Bob supervised as the Cadets viewed the stars Sirius, Betelgeuse and Aldebaran, and the Pleiades (M45) star cluster through the 25.4cm Dobsonian.

At their request, Amanda took a group picture of the Cadets in the dome from the top of the observing ladder. The Cadets were gone by around 8:40 p.m. after expressing their thanks for very interesting and enjoyable evening learning about space exploration and observing the stars through telescopes.

Garrison Ball

posted Dec 8, 2017, 8:01 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Time: 7PM-10:30PM 
Where: Strathroy Royal Canadian Legion, 226 Metcalfe St. W, Strathroy 
For: #11 Corps and #3 Sqn Cadets and their guests
Cost: No charge for cadets, $5.00 for a guest 
Dress: dresses or dress pants for girls (no jeans); dress pant, shirt and tie for boys (no jeans) 
We have the hall to 10:30PM. So parents can start to arrive after 10PM for pickup.
Eat before coming. This event is weather permitting. To confirm, call Army at 519-245-5222 or Air at 519-852-2359. Air and Army Cadets may bring a guest to the dance. There will be a cover charge of $5 for each guest. Make sure you bring a signed Permission Form and each guest must have a signed form as well.

We are asking that Air and Army Cadets please bring an item from the following list to share:
Air Level 1/Army Green Level - snacks like chips, pretzels, finger food 
Air Level 2/Army Red Level - cheese, crackers, pickle trays
Air Level 3/Army Silver Level - veggies with dip or fruit trays 
Air Levels 4-5/Army Gold-Master Levels - desserts, cookies, squares, cup cakes, pies
Committees will supply beverages
Whatever snack you choose to bring please make sure it is nut free as it is a very common allergy. However, that said, cadets with any food allergy are responsible for their own snack and the maturity to not sample others without knowing the contents.

Permission Form is on the FORMS page

3 Squadron banners on Strathroy-Caradoc town signs

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:53 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

The 3 Striker Squadron Sponsoring Committee has created signs that will be posted, from time-to-time, on the town signs.  Parents of new recruits, if you saw them, let us know. SSC



2016/2017 Activities

posted May 28, 2017, 9:56 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated May 28, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

6 September          Opening Parade
17 September        Gliding Familiarization, Centralia
25 September        Marksmanship Day
1 October               Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome visit
6-8 October           Tag Days
21-23 October        FTX Exercise Red Pine
29-30 October        Poppy Drive
5 November           Remembrance Day Dinner
6 November           Remembrance Day Parade
26 November         Strathroy Santa Claus Parade
20 December         Combined Air/Army Mess Dinner
21 January             Combined Air/Army Garrison Ball
17-19 February      FTX Operation Alaskan Frontier
26 March               Effective Speaking Regionals - hosted by 3 Sqn
29 April                 Gliding Familiarization, Centralia
3 May                    International Emergency Response Day
11-13 May            Tag Days
27 May                 Annual Inspection
4 June                  Year End Trip
6 June                  Year End BBQ



Adult Staff:
Commanding Officer: Capt S. Wilson
Deputy Commanding Officer: 2Lt S. Redfearn
Administration Officer: Capt. A. Coulter
Training Officer: 2Lt S. Redfearn
Supply Officer: Lt. M. DeJong
Ground School Instructor (volunteer): Capt. R. Shulist
Marksmanship Team Officer: Capt S. Wilson
Drill Team Officer: Capt S. Wilson
Band Instructor: CI D. Kean
Level Officer: CI D. Smith
Civilian Volunteer: CI L. Dewsnap

Cadet Staff:
Cadet Squadron Commanders: WO2 W. Plunkett
Deputy Cadet Squadron Commander: WO2 Z. Bondy
Flight Commanders: WO2 C. Redfearn, F/Sgt N. Nurbhai
Flag Party Commander: Sgt J. Drulard
Drill Team Commander: WO2 C. Redfearn

2016/2017 Sqn Awards

posted May 28, 2017, 9:49 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 12:04 PM ]

Top Level 1 - 403 Wing - Cpl. K. Stinson
Top Level 2 - Legion Br 116 - Cpl. I. Rosedale
Top Level 3 - 427 Wing - Sgt.R. Redfearn
Top Level 4 - Legion Br 219 - F/Sgt N. Nurbhai
Top Level 5 - Legion Br 598 - WO2 C. Redfearn
Lord Strathcona Medal - WO2 P. Gamache
Legion Medal of Excellence - WO2 C. Redfearn
Esprit De Corps - WO2 P. Gamache
RLMI Award - WO2 P. Gamache
Most Improved - LAC E. Rogers-Defreitas
Most Dedicated - Cpl. E. Seys
Muma Band Award - Cpl. A. Beaudoin

T-33s on display in Ontario

posted May 21, 2017, 10:35 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 1:48 PM ]

Here is a list of where to find pedestal mounted T-33 Silver Stars and other heritage aircraft and aviation memorials, in Ontario, by region.
 

Southwestern Ontario

Essex: Essex Memorial Spitfire. Mounted replica Spitfire painted as RCAF 401 Squadron YO-D, ML135 to honour local Second World War Spitfire ace Jerry Billing. 

Grand Bend: Pinery Flea Market. RCAF T-33 Silver Star on display.

Kitchener: Spitfire Emporium. A replica Spitfire is mounted above the store wearing the markings of Canadian fighter pilot Charley Fox.

London: London International Airport. RCAF T-33 Silver Star mounted at terminal building. 


London: Jet Aircraft Museum. CF-101 Voodoo under restoration,  several T-33s and more.

London: Charlie Fox Memorial Overpass. A  sculpture honouring a local Second World War Spitfire pilot.

Sarnia
: Gremain Park. Mounted RCAF Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre.

Windsor: Jackson Park. Second World War memorial with pedestal-mounted replica Spitfire and Hurricane. 



Golden Horseshoe / Greater Toronto Area

Acton: Royal Canadian Legion. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Angus: Base Borden Military Museum. Over a dozen aircraft are mounted throughout the base, along with many military vehicles.

Brampton: The Great War Flying Museum. The museum operates several First World War replica aircraft and maintains a small museum. https://greatwarflyingmuseum.org/

Collingwood: Royal Canadian Legion. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Creemore: Royal Canadian Legion. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Dundas: Hamilton Air Force Association. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Dunnville: Dunnville Public Library. Mounted RCAF WWII Harvard.

Edenvale: Edenvale Airport: Mounted MiG 17.

Fort Erie: Sugarbowl Park. Mounted RCAF Red Knight T-33 Silver Star.

Guelph: The Tiger Boys. A collection of vintage aircraft and Tiger Moths. http://www.tigerboys.com/

Hamilton: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. http://www.warplane.com/

Malton: Wildwood Park. Mounted RCAF CF-100 Canuck.

Oshawa: Oshawa Airport. Mounted RCAF F-86 Sabre.

Toronto: Canadian Military Staff College. RCAF CF-104 Starfighter on display but not accessible for public viewing.

Toronto: Defence Research & Development Centre. Mounted CAF CF-5 Freedom Fighter at Downsview Airport.


North & Eastern Ontario


Barry’s Bay: Zurakowski Park. Avro Arrow Memorial honouring Avro test pilot, Janusz Zurakowski . http://www.zurakowskipark.ca/

Belleville: West Zwicks Island Park. Mounted RCAF Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre.

Brockville: Block House Island Rd. Mounted RCAF Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre.

Brockville: Mounted CAF CT-134 Musketeer on Hwy #2 west of town.

Campbellford: Harold Carlaw Memorial Military Museum.  

Cornwall: RCAF Association. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Cornwall: Nav Canada Centre. Mounted RCAF T-33 Silver Star.

Haliburton: Sam Slick Park. Mounted RCAF CF-100 Canuck.

Kingston: Kingston Airport. Mounted Second World War RCAF Harvard.

Kingston: Royal Military College. Mounted RCAF CF-100 Canuck and F-86 Sabre.

Kingston: CFB Kingston. Mounted CAF Kiowas & CF-5 Freedom Fighter.

North Bay: Lee Park. Mounted RCAF CF-100 Canuck.

North Bay: CFB North Bay. Mounted CAF CF-100 Canuck and CF-101 Voodoo.

Mess Dinner

posted Dec 18, 2016, 8:08 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

The Mess Dinner is one of the most important traditions of the Canadian Forces (CF).  Historically, the mess dinner was the time, after working hours, when members sat down for dinner with their CO. It was the custom of the day when every officer lived in the mess and officers were required to dress for dinner. The mess dinner was a result of the rules of gentlemanly conduct. 

A mess dinner is considered a parade requiring all unit members to attend. Dress, time of assembly and other details are specified. To enjoy the formality of the setting, immature or offensive behaviour is not tolerated. The President of the Mess Committee (PMC) ensures that a high standard of decorum is maintained. The official host is normally the senior officer of the organization. The guest of honour is escorted to the mess or met at the entrance by the official host. The official host and the guest of honour are met by the PMC, who will introduce both to the members of the mess.

The use of a head table dates back to the time when military units were full of single officers and the mess was their home. The CO wanted to ensure all members were in attendance and observe their behaviour. The head table was established with other members of the mess placed at tables extending out from the head table like arms, permitting the CO to see everyone. The loyal toast differs among elements within the CF. The actual toast is the same throughout the CF; it is a toast to The Queen of Canada. 

The PMC (aka Master of Ceremonies), will ensure that a high standard of decorum is maintained, if necessary by expelling any member whose behavior is unacceptable. No one may leave the dining room without first obtaining permission from the PMC. Traditionally a mess dinner member (cadet, staff, sponsor) may NOT do any of the following without the permission of the PMC, whatever his or her rank:
  • come in late and sit down at the table
  • leave the table or return to it after being permitted to leave
  • read or write (passing notes)
  • start eating before the PMC or the head table
  • use coarse language or tell off-colour stories (no swearing or telling rude jokes) 
  • discuss political, religious or any other controversial issues
  • propose a toast on your own initiative
You may think that there are too many rules as to what not to do but there are still many things that you can discuss with those who are sitting around you and they do ensure a good dining atmosphere of relaxation, courtesy and interesting conversation. 

#3 Squadron and #11 Corps hold a Combined Mess Dinner. Each unit takes turn organizing this annual dinner. Cadets may be asked to alternate dinning places, army, air, army ... The Strathroy Legion is the preferred venue, if available.  The Br116 Ladies Auxiliary are the caterers. When the Legion is used, REMEMBER, do not wear head gear (wedge, turban, beret) in any branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Traditionally, diners were expected to remain at the table throughout the meal, regardless of duration and the possible effects of consuming beverages with each course. Despite the inevitable cautions to remain in place by those who delight in seeing others in discomfort or embarrassing situations, diners who must leave the table for urgent reasons should do so, so raise your hand, without saying a word, and wait for the PMC to acknowledge you. Then politely ask for permission to leave the table. Ask for permission to return to the table, as well. 

Poppy Placement

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:42 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of almost half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

What does the Poppy represent?
The Poppy is the international symbol of Remembrance.

Why should I wear a Poppy?
When you wear a Poppy or display a wreath, you honour the war dead and help Veterans and their families.

Who should wear a Poppy?
Everyone should be encouraged to wear a Poppy as it is a way for all Canadians to honour the memory of the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives in the defence of freedom. This freedom, however, also means having the right to choose and it is a person’s right not to wear a Poppy if they choose.

When is a Poppy worn?
Traditionally, the Poppy is worn during the Remembrance period, which is from the last Friday in October to the end of the day on 11 November. Poppies may also be worn at other commemorative events throughout the year, such as the Battle of the Atlantic, the Battle of Britain, a memorial service at a Legion Convention and other similar occasions. The Poppy may also be worn by Colour Parties when on parade and by members attending funeral services for Veterans or Ordinary members.

How is the Poppy worn?
The Poppy should be worn with respect on the left breast, close to the heart. When wearing standard Legion dress, the lapel Poppy is worn on the left lapel immediately above the Legion lapel badge. When wearing summer dress, the lapel Poppy is worn on the shirt, immediately above and centred on the shirt crest. In inclement weather, the lapel Poppy is worn on the left side of the outer garment.

Can I attach the Poppy to clothing with another type of pin?
There have been many queries related to the wearing of the lapel Poppy, specifically as it relates to using a pin or other such fastening device in the center of the Poppy. It is the position of the Legion that the Poppy is the sacred symbol of Remembrance and should not be defaced in any way. No other pin, therefore, should be used to attach it to clothing. While this should be the practice of all Legionnaires, it is recognized that the Legion cannot control its form of wear by the public. It is undoubtedly better to wear a Poppy with a pin in the center than not to wear a Poppy at all. The best that we can do is to encourage Legionnaires to wear it properly.

Are other types of Poppies available?
The Legion currently has a metal lapel Poppy pin with the words “We Remember” in a bottom banner. A Poppy sticker suitable for wear on clothing is also available.

When should a Poppy be removed?
The lapel Poppy may be worn throughout the whole of the Remembrance period and is removed immediately following the end of Remembrance Day... Many people place their Poppy at the base of the Cenotaph in respect at the end of the Remembrance Day Ceremony. This is also fully acceptable.

Is the Poppy centre green or black?
The centre of the Lapel Poppy was originally black but was changed to green in 1980. In 2002, the centre was changed back to black to reflect the colours of the Poppies in Flanders – a red flower with a black centre. It is intended that the black centre will remain as the standard for the production of all future Poppy material.

[from The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Manual Dec. 2014]

The Poppy symbol is a registered trademark of Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion and is owned and controlled by Dominion Command. It cannot be used in any manner or configuration without the specific permission of Dominion Command.



The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2016 Dale Scholarship Recipient

posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:17 PM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 8:27 AM ]

OTTAWA, ON (June 19, 2016) 

The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Rebecca Mather who has been awarded the $1,000.00 Robert Gordon Dale and Mrs. Mary Dale Scholarship.

WO1 Rebecca Mather from 3 Striker Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Strathroy, Ontario, is an honour roll student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, academics and sports excellence, and community service. She holds a passion for languages, traveling, politics and people, and has dedicated her years as air cadet to caring for individuals and bettering the communities. WO1 Mather will be pursuing a degree in International Development and Globalization in the Fall at the University of Ottawa, in hopes of working for humanitarian organizations.

Sarah Matresky, ACL Executive Director, says “the Air Cadet League of Canada is proud to be able to offer this scholarship and we acknowledge with thanks and appreciation the late Robert Dale and his wife Mary Dale. They have given exceptional service to Canada in times of both war and peace. Robert Dale served as our National President in 1972 and had continued to serve diligently as our Honorary President until March of 2013.”

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

Press Release in Attachments below
Also found in this issue of ACL Newsletter

2015/2016 Activities

posted May 31, 2016, 7:20 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated May 28, 2017, 9:50 AM ]

8 September   Opening Parade
19 September Gliding Familiarization
20 September Legion Week Cairn Honour Guard
26 September Marksmanship Day
3 October       Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome Visit
8-10 October  Tag Days
23-25 October FTX Exercise Red Pine
31 October      Poppy Drive
1 November    Poppy Drive
7 November    Remembrance Day Dinner
8 November    Remembrance Day Parade
14 November  Rock Climbing
21 November  Santa Claus Parade
15 December  Combined Air/Army Mess Dinner
16 January     Garrison Ball
3 February      Orienteering Day
26-28 February FTX Operation Alaskan Frontier
17 April          Gliding Familiarization
21-23 April     Tag Days
4 May            Emergency Response Day
28 May          Annual Inspection Parade
4 June          Year End Trip


Adult Staff:
Commanding Officer: Capt. S. Wilson
Deputy Commanding Officer: Capt. P. Bast
Administration Officer: Capt. A. Coulter
Training Officer: Capt. P. Bast
Supply Officer: Capt. R. Matte, Lt. M. DeJong,
Asst. Supply Officer: CI. S. Redfearn
Ground School Instructor: Capt. R. Shulist
Rifle Team Coach: Capt. P. Bast
Drill Team: Capt. S. Wilson
Rocketry: Capt. S. Wilson
Training Level Officers: CI D. Smith, CI S. Hirsch, CI T. Gaffney, CV L. Dewsnap, CV C. Fullager


Cadet Staff:
Cadet Squadron Commanders: WO1 R. Mather
Flight Commanders: WO2 W. Plunkett, WO2 Z. Bondy
Flag Party Commander: F/Sgt C. Redfearn

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