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  • 2017/2018 Sqn Awards Top Level 1 - 403 Wing - Cpl K. XavierTop Level 2 - Legion Br 116 - Cpl J.L. MandersTop Level 3 - 427 Wing - Cpl D. DaltonTop Level 4 - Legion ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:24 AM by Eric Clinton
  • 2017/2018 Activities 5 September        Opening Parade16 September      Gliding24 September      Marksmanship Day30 September      Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome Visit19-21 October     Tag Days21-23 October     FTX Operation Grizzly Bear ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:26 AM by Eric Clinton
  • 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
  • Fund Raising Policy  effective Sept. 1 2017.All Cadets are required to take part in the following three major fundraising events: Fall Tag Days - at least 2 shifts. OPC Lottery tickets sales - sell ...
    Posted May 28, 2018, 1:30 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
  • 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
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2017/2018 Sqn Awards

posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:23 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 11:24 AM ]

Top Level 1 - 403 Wing - Cpl K. Xavier
Top Level 2 - Legion Br 116 - Cpl J.L. Manders
Top Level 3 - 427 Wing - Cpl D. Dalton
Top Level 4 - Legion Br 219 - FSgt R. Redfearn
Top Level 5 - Legion Br 598 - FSgt N. Brewer
Esprit De Corps - WO1 P. Gamache
Most Improved - Cpl D. Venturelli
Most Dedicated - FCpl M. Morrison
Muma Band Award - Cpl A. Spruyt
Lord Strathcona Medal - WO1 C. Redfearn
Legion Medal of Excellence - WO1 P. Gamache
RLMI Award - FCpl E. Seys

2017/2018 Activities

posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:20 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 11:26 AM ]

5 September        Opening Parade
16 September      Gliding
24 September      Marksmanship Day
30 September      Aviation Training Day, Aerodrome Visit
19-21 October     Tag Days
21-23 October     FTX Operation Grizzly Bear
11 November       Remembrance Day Parade
11 November       Remembrance Day Dinner
25 November      Strathroy Santa Claus Parade
19 December      Combined Air/Army Mess Dinner
27 January          Garrison Ball with #11 Army Corps
10 February        Sports Day
17-19 February   FTX Operation Arctic Fox
6 March               Astronomy FTX
25 March             Regional Effective Speaking Competition
10 April               City Hall Visit
19-21                  April Tag Days
28 April               Gliding
2 May                 Emergency Response Day
19-21 May          Annual Trip - Trenton & Ottawa
26 May               Annual Ceremonial Review
5 June                Family BBQ

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

Fund Raising Policy

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:56 PM by Eric Clinton   [ updated May 28, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

 effective Sept. 1 2017.

All Cadets are required to take part in the following three major fundraising events:
  • Fall Tag Days - at least 2 shifts. 
  • OPC Lottery tickets sales - sell one entire booklet of ACL OPC Lottery tickets (and return stubs & monies). 
  • Spring Tag Days - at least 2 shifts. 
Every 3 Sqn Annual Recreational trip has a "cost per cadet" that is paid for by our SSC, primarily from fundraising. For some longer trips there may be a portion that is required to be covered by the Cadet, above what the SSC covers. The expectation is each cadet take responsibility for their "cost per cadet" portion of the trip covered by the SSC. They can do this by participating in Tag Days and sell Air Cadet League Lottery tickets.

A cadet who does NOT
  • Tag for 2 shifts in the Fall Tag Day 
  • Tag for 2 shifts in the Spring Tag Day 
  • Sell one entire booklet of ACL OPC Lottery tickets (and return stubs & monies). 
will be required to pay for 1/3 of the “cost per cadet” amount originally covered by the SSC, per activity not completed. (example: if a trip costs $300/cadet and a Cadet misses Spring tagging, then they will be required to pay $100 to attend the trip)
  • A Cadet not willing to cover the cost will not be eligible to attend the annual recreational trip. 
  • If a cadet is unable to attend one of the three required activities, due to unforeseen conflict, then the Cadet will be assisted by the SSC with an alternative way to fund-raise the 1/3 "cost per cadet" amount. 
  • Only Cadets who join prior to the Spring Tag Day will be eligible for the cadet annual recreational trip.

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

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.



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