In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilot’s aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol.In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man’s land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot’s American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.
Canada’s History with the Challenge Coin:
One of the first appearance of a challenge coin within theCanadian Forceswas that of theCanadian Airborne Regiment. Although conceptualized in the early 1970s, it was not officially adopted until the regiment returned fromCyprusin 1974.
Recognized as an “Americanism”, the widespread use of challenge coins is new to theCanadian Forces(CF) and was introduced by GeneralRick Hillieras theCanadian Armybegan to work closer with the US military. While many regiments and military establishments purchase them as ‘challenge coins’, most branches and schools within the CF use them for presentation purposes.
The first RCAF coin belonged to427 Squadron. Back in the Second World War, 427 and the film studiosMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer(MGM) shared the lion as their respective symbol. During a ceremony held on 27 May 1943, a bronze statuette of a Lion was presented to the Squadron as were MGM’s coins for the Squadron members.These coins granted free access to the MGM’s theaters in Britain and were popular with aircrew and ground crew alike. In 1982, the custom was reintroduced by Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Cunningham, then the squadron commanding officer; it has since expanded widely within the RCAF Tactical Aviation community.
Members of theCorps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical EngineersFund are issued challenge coins with the current RCEME badge and the member’s branch fund membership number on the obverse side, and the original pre-unification RCEME badge and branch motto on the reverse side. Usually, these are issued to craftsmen at the Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, inBorden, Ontario, where branch fund membership is first offered.
Many of the CF training centres and staff colleges have a unique coin—some available for the students to purchase, others available only by presentation by the establishment or the commandant for exemplary achievement while attending the facility. GeneralWalter Natynczyk, when he was chief of the Defence Staff, and the Canadian Forces chief warrant officer often present their personalized coins to deserving soldiers.
Police, security and fire departments have embraced the concept and have found coins to be an excellent means of team building and creating a sense of brotherhood or belonging. Many feature a patron saint, badge or representative equipment.
Good evening everyone, it's Capt Taylor. It's Thursday and we all would normally be at Cadets. I want to first of all say that we miss all of your smiling faces and we can't wait to see you back at the squadron as soon as possible and I hope you, your family and friends are happy and healthy. The Staff, SSC and Senior cadets are working behind the scenes on planning for the remainder of the year and on ways to engage you while we are away. I have asked Your Flight Commanders to reach out and check on each and every one of you but please don't hesitate for you or your parents to reach out to me if you have any specific questions or concerns. More information will be coming out shortly but you reach me at 583Air@cadets.gc.ca.
Please take care of yourselves and each other during this extended standdown. Don't forget about the boot challenge on the Instagram page, do your uniforms, keep in touch with your other flight and team members and remember we are all part of the #583family.
Take care, talk to you all soon, Finis Coronat Opus
Good evening everyone. Mr. Miyashita sent out a newsletter earlier this evening. Below is some information recently received.
Sent on behalf of Brigadier General Cochrane:
A decision has been made to extend the cancellation of ALL CADET ACTIVITIES, including local training until 30 April, 2020. Prior to Thursday, 30 April, 2020, further direction will be provided, including the potential for this cancellation to be extended.
We do not have any further information regarding Summer Training or Scholarship programs at this time. Decisions will likely be made in the next few weeks as we all continue to practice social/physical distancing. Please do so diligently and seriously. If you get sick, please notify the Squadron of when you got sick, so that we can determine if any other action is needed. Email to this address - 583Air@cadets.gc.ca.
I realize there may be a lot of questions that we can’t answer right now. This is a fluid situation, one which none of us has experienced before. In the next week I'm going to be asking the Flight Commanders to contact their cadets to check in with them. Let’s work together to get through this, Stay home and Stay Safe and the Staff and SSC look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can.
Again, if anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at the squadron email above or on my cell at 778-994-4464.
How have Netflix, Disney+ and Shaw on Demand been treating you? In all seriousness, we hope that you all are finding things keep you occupied and not necessarily relying on technology.
As ordered by the Commanding Officer for Pacific Air Cadets, ALL Cadet activities until April 3, 2020 are cancelled. This included the Officers and SCC meeting for Squadron business. In true military fashion, we followed the order by not meeting in person; we adapted, improvised and overcame by holding a marathon 9 1/2 hour video conference meeting. Ok, we relied on technology.
We would normally be sending out the weekly announcements, but we have not received any new orders or updates. To replace, the I/C’s have contributed the following:
Ground School: Stay tuned for an email on Reading Assignments. (Until then, watch Top Gun. You’ll be quizzed on your ability to quote the movie when we return.)
Band: Practise your music. Everyone starts at the beginning. We don’t have control over much, but we can control how much we practise and why. Remember: Music is Life, and that’s why we have Heart Beats. Open the window and play. Trophies are not won at competition, they are won by practising at home and when able to, together! Competition is where we pick up our trophy. Remember, we believed in you and we miss your faces...a lot!
Boot Polishing Challenge: Take a “before” photo of your boots and send it to the IG page, tagged with #583Boots. When we return, the officers will judge the best boots. Leaders lead from the front, so I nominate 2Lt Lamb.
It’s also a good time to get your physical fitness up. First thing in the morning, start with 5 push ups a day and add 1 every day. Let’s see where you can get to. You may even surprise yourself.
If you get sick, please notify the Squadron of when you got sick, so that we can determine if any other Cadets in the Squadron may have been in contact with you. Email to this address - 583Air@cadets.gc.ca.
Please follow all preventative protocols and wash your hands. It’s tough to stay away from your friends, so be creative to let your fellow Cadets know that we are all in this together.
SSC Chair - 583 Squadron
Good afternoon everyone. This is Capt Taylor. Please see below update. For Any parents questions please feel free to call me or leave a message on my cell at 778-994-4464. The basic update is that all cadet activities are cancelled until 3 April 2020. Further direction will come out beforehand.
13 Mar COVID-19 UPDATE: Zone Trg Os will be reaching out to all Corps/Squadron COs to confirm receipt and understanding of the latest CANCDTGEN. Again, please practice patience as we work to make sure everyone is informed and answer questions. Thank you!
CADET PROGRAM CANCELLATION (3 WEEKS)
Refs: A. CATO 14-06 Training or Recreational Trips
B. CANFORGEN 039/20
C. 3350-Op LASER 20-01
D. CANCDTGEN 010/20
1. In response to developments in the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Commander Junior Cdn Ranger Support Group has CANCELLED ALL CADET ACTIVITIES, including local training, for three weeks effective immediately. Prior to Friday, April 03, 2020, further direction will be provided, including the potential for this cancellation to be extended.
2. The National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (Natl CJCR Sp Gp) has been directed to adopt an aggressive posture to minimize personnel risk of exposure and to prevent cadets from becoming a transmission source. As such, CANCDTGEN 010/20 was released on March 12, 2020 issuing amplifying direction related to the execution of Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) activities, and preventative measures to better protect CIC members, Civilan Volunteers, Parent, cadets and JCRs and their families from COVID-19.
3. The safety and welfare of all who participate in our programs is always our top priority, as such we take very seriously our responsibility to protect cadets from any real or apparent health or safety concern.
4. The Natl CJCR Sp Gp is collaborating with Department of National Defence and CAF as well as with other federal departments in order to maintain proper situational awareness on the COVID-19 situation in Canada and globally to synchronize interdepartmental response under the lead of Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. As a result, the situation is continuously being monitored and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Congratulations to Sgt Geernaert and LAC Ramadan for coming 1st and 2nd respectively in the Fraser Valley Zone Effective Speaking Competition this last Saturday. Thanks also to Joe and Sophia from Toastmasters for being such great Coaches and thanks to 2Lt Murray for supporting them all this season. Good luck Sgt Geernaert at the Provincial competition.