22 February 2020

Phone Lines Down

Our phone lines for 746 Lightning Hawk Squadron are currently down. We are not able to take phone calls to the squadron. Please message us on Facebook or send an email to our squadron inbox. An update will be provided when the phone lines are back up & running.

21 February 2020

GCK Feedback

The following is a list of questions that were commonly answered incorrect on the General Cadet Knowledge Test.
Please make sure you understand the questions and why they were incorrect

746 RCACS Motto and Core Values
Motto:
Superbium in Progressum (Pride in Progress)

          Core Values (PITCH)
Pride
Integrity
Trust
Courage
Honesty

Officer Ranks

General Knowledge
  •          The space between fights on parade is 7 paces.
  •          When marching, you do not maintain an audible cadence by digging in the left heel OR swing the arms forward successively in a straight line from the shoulder, front to rear, with hands closed as in the position of attention. You only swing your arm breast pocket high.
  •          If you will be missing Parade, inform your superior through the chain of command.
  •          746 RCACS was founded on 9 Jan, 1964.
  •          Your uniform must be ironed weekly.



If you still have any questions, please ask a Senior Cadet the first chance you get.

WUF FOCUS - Pants and Creases

For the next 2 weeks our Weekly Uniform Focus (WUF) will be pants and creases.  Make sure that your pants are hemmed at the 2nd boot lace from the bottom but no higher than the third shoelace from the bottom.  If you need some advise or direction on the pant standards, be sure to talk to one of the Sr. Cadets in your flight.



Questions directed to the Standards Department.

19 February 2020

PARENTS

We have had a lot of people contact us regarding driving for tag days and wanting to not drive Saturday afternoon. This shift is running dangerously short on drivers, this is also our most profitable shift. Please remain driving if you signed up for this shift and if you are able to drive this shift please let us know.

Thank you.

11 February 2020

Tag Days 21-22 Feb

Tag Days is our mandatory fundraising event, all cadets are expected to attend all shifts.

Lunch will be provided for cadets. 

Parent Drivers needed

When:  Friday, 21 Feb - 4:45pm - 9:00pm
         
             Saturday, 22 Feb - 08:45am - 12pm
             Saturday, 22 Feb - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Dress:  C1 Full Dress with Parka

Thursday 20 Feb 2020

This Thursday will be Training as normal.

Lvl 1b and Lvl 2 cadets will  be in in civilian clothing.

When: Thursday, 20 Feb, 18:30 - 21:15pm
Where: 746 Sqn
Dress: C3- winter, with parka.
Cadets without uniform - white dress shirt, black dress pants and black shoes. Bring weather appropriate coat.

07 February 2020

Medal Applications

The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence

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 1.         The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Cadet Medal of Excellence is awarded in recognition of an individual’s endeavor in citizenship that meets or enhances the aims and objectives of the cadet movement. Only one such medal may be issued per year per squadron.

2.         To be eligible for the Legion Medal of Excellence a cadet must:
i.          Be regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadet,
ii.         Be an enrolled cadet with 746, who may be in any level,
iii.       Participate in a minimum of three community service events in addition to those supported by the squadron.

3.         To apply for Legion Medal of Excellence, you must:
i.          Write and submit a One (1) page narrative essay describing your involvement with air cadets, the community, why you should be the recipient of this award, and include three (3) references.

4.         Applications must be submitted to Lt(N) Chidlow, JG NLT 27 February 2020. 

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal

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1.         The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal, most commonly referred to as the Lord
Strathcona Medal, is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a cadet for recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training. Only one such medal may be issued per year per squadron.

2.         To be eligible for the Lord Strathcona Medal, a cadet must:
i.          Be a cadet in level three or higher,
ii.         Attend a minimum of 75 percent of squadron scheduled training,
iii.       Meet all requirements of their training level,
iv.        Be regarded by peers and superiors as an exemplary model cadet.

3.         To apply for the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal, a cadet must write and submit a One (1) page narrative essay describing their involvement with Air Cadets, their physical fitness routine, academic successes, and why they should be the recipient of this award.

4.         Applications must be submitted Lt(N) Chidlow, JG NLT 27 February 2020

    06 February 2020

    14-17 Feb, NCO Training Course Joining Instructions

    For those Cadet who are signed up, and have confirmed with Lt Dickson, these are your joining instructions.

    Joining Instructions - NCO TC 14-17 Feb.

    Please review carefully, make sure you have complete kit per Annex A, and complete and bring the permission slip in Annex B.

    Please arrive onetime, and ensure you have transport to and from the Training course.

    This is going to be a fun and informative weekend!

    Questions to Lt Dickson


    03 February 2020

    Vancouver Sun Run Sunday 19 Apr - Sign up this Thursday

    Join the 746 Lightning Hawk team at this year's Sun Run!



    Sign up is THIS THURSDAY 6 Feb!

    When:   19 April
    Time:     0730 -1200 hrs
    Where:   Location TBA, Vancouver

    Dress - Appropriate PT attire; Sun Run Team Shirt will be provided. Please remember to bring a water bottle.


    28 January 2020

    I want to remind everyone to be diligent with hand washing this cold and flu season, more so with the risk of coronavirus. If you are feeling ill, please do not share your illness at cadets. Stay home with illness.
    With the first presumptive case now in BC here is some information to follow:

    WHAT IS IT?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that most often cause mild-to-moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses including the common cold, but they can also lead to severe diseases. Some coronaviruses spread between animals, some pass between animals and people, and others go from people to people.

    This new virus is different from the coronaviruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

    WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS?

    This new virus has non-specific symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

    Typically, coronavirus infections manifest as the common cold. Symptoms can include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever. Young babies may contract gastrointestinal disease.

    Severe cases involve pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT INFECTION?

    Consult your health care provider as soon as possible if you are worried about symptoms or have travelled to a region where severe coronaviruses are known to occur.

    If you have mild cold-like symptoms, health officials encourage you to stay home while sick and avoid close contact to help protect others. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and be sure to throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

    — Sources: Health Canada, Public Health Ontario, World Health Organization

    27 January 2020

    NCO Training Weekend 14-17 Feb 2020

    If you applied to the NCO Training Weekend running on 14-17 Feb 2020, please meet in Classroom 2 during break on this Thursday 30 Jan for an update.

    Questions to Lt Dickson

    Summer Training Applications 2020 - Updated

    Summer courses have been announced, please carefully read the Summer course flyer below and fill out the application afterwards.

    Summer Course Info 
    Application Form

    Applicants are not guaranteed a Summer Course.
    Below are our the potential dates for our summer courses.
    Name
    Serial No
    Location
    Dates

    General Training - Air (GTC3)
    459001c
    ALBERT HEAD CTC
    19-25 Jul 20

    Basic Aviation (BAC2)
    438502b
    COLD LAKE CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace (BATAC2)
    458602b
    ALBERT HEAD CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Basic Drill and Ceremonial - Air (BDCC2)
    368402b
    VERNON CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Basic Fitness and Sports (BFSC2)
    369202b
    VERNON CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Basic Survival (BSC2)
    458702b
    ALBERT HEAD CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Military Band - Basic Musician (MB-BMC2-Q)
    259102b
    HMCS QUADRA CTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Military Band - Intermediate Musician (MB-IMC-Q)
    259103
    HMCS QUADRA CTC
    05 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Advanced Aviation (AAC2)
    548503b
    COMOX CFTC
    26 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor (ARMIC)
    369303
    VERNON CTC
    05 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Drill and Ceremonial Instructor - Air (DCIC)
    368403
    VERNON CTC
    05 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Fitness and Sports Instructor (FSIC)
    459203
    ALBERT HEAD CTC
    05 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Survival Instructor (SIC)
    438703
    COLD LAKE CTC
    05 Jul-15 Aug 20

    Staff Cadet Applications

    Are you interested in expanding on your leadership and instructional abilities? Do you want to work in a team environment and gain supervisory experience? Apply for a Staff Cadet position at a CTC! Please view the attached flyer (below) for directions on how to apply, what positions are available, and if Staff Cadets is right for you.

    Interested? Please fill out the Application Form and submit to Capt J. Attwood at Johnathan.Attwood@cadets.gc.ca

    DEADLINE FOR STAFF CADET APPLICATIONS - THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020

    Staff Cadet Flyer 2020
    Staff Cadet Application Form

    09 December 2019

    NCO Training Weekend 14-17 Feb 2020

    We have a limited number of Billets available to attend the following NCO Multi Squadron training courses.

    These courses have been designed to enhance and develop NCOs within the new Air Cadet Program. 

    Senior Course - designed for Level 3 - The theme of the course will be to ensure the cadets leave with a strong ability to run through small leadership tasking’s. The cadets will receive training in drill, dress, GCK, leadership, deportment, and how to evaluate uniforms.  

    Instructor Course - designed for Level 4 Cadets - training cadets how to become active instructors.  This course will also be open to current instructors who wish to become more effective instructors. The cadets will receive training and be evaluated on dress, classroom instruction, drill instruction, and how to evaluate instruction. Also cadets will learn how to teach with minimal training support to simulate instruction in the field.

    Professional Development Course - Designed for level 4/5 - Cadets who attend this course should already excel in their abilities, have exemplarily drill, dress, and deportment. The cadets that participate in this course can expect to receive and be evaluated on the following training: parade sequences, military writing, organizing training exercises, how to be a mentor, improved drill and deportment and how to conduct a mess dinner.

    Staff Cadet - Staff cadets will typically be level five cadets or higher. The NCOs that participate as staff at the NCO Course should have a high level of dress, drill, deportment, and instructional ability. Staff Cadets must attend the Pro-D session in January. Staff cadets can expect to receive an instructional evaluation to further their development as well.

    Anyone interested in filling staff cadet positions should come to the training office to discuss and get the application.

    Cadets will stay overnight and attend a Mess Dinner durning this course.  It is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

    When: 14-17 Feb 2020

    Drop Off on 14 Feb: 
    Staff Cadets - 1800hrs
    Course Cadets - 2000hrs

    Pick up on 17 Feb:  1600hrs

    Where: North Vancouver - Details to follow.

    Sign up THIS THURSDAY.

    NOTE: If you sign up, you are committing to go.  Check the dates prior to signing up this Thursday as you will need to be dropped off and picked up in North Vancouver.  This is on Family day weekend.

    Signing up this week is a firm commitment.

    Questions to rima.dickson@live.com


    02 December 2019

    746 RCACS Mid-Year Survey

    It's time to hear from you, the cadets! 

    We value all the feedback we receive and go through each response thoroughly.The survey will take approximately 3 minutes to complete. The last day to submit a response is January 5, 2019. 

    Here is the link: MID-YEAR SURVEY

    All cadets are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to submit a response. We look forward to reading your responses!

    21 October 2019

    Annual Validations & DHQ's Required

    Any returning cadet who has not completed their Annual Validation Form must come see Lt(N) Chidlow in the Admin Office ASAP.




    If you have been given a Detailed Health Questionnaire to complete but have not yet returned it, please do this as soon as possible. You must return the DHQ ASAP in order to not have your training interrupted.




    The following cadets must come see Lt(N) Chidlow in the Admin Office
    • Cdt Welk
    • Cdt Kennedy
    • Cdt Deglau

    19 October 2019

    Air Cadet National Summer Training Course (ACNSTC) Selection Process - GPS, PPS & IACE

    Those that are applying for the Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS), Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS) and International Exchange (IACE) undergo a National Selection Process.

    This process has recently been updated at a National level! This process has been designed to be standardized across the nation and streamlined to reduce workload for squadrons, impartial, and transparent; thereby ensuring the highest merited cadets are selected for each opportunity.

    Key dates for 2020 are as follows:
    a.              30 Sep – 15 Dec 19 – Application period;
    b.             15 Dec 19 – Application end date;
    c.              6 – 19 Jan 20 – Conduct period for PPS / GPS exam;
    d.             20 Jan – 16 Feb 20 – Conduct period for interviews;
    e.             2 Mar 20 – Selections announced; and
    f.              23 Mar 20 – Selections confirmed.
    - Below you'll find two very important documents that should be read thoroughly for those GPS, PPS, and IACE applicants.

    • This document summarizes the application process in 5 major steps.
    • This is a very detailed instruction on the new ACNSTC process covering info on the selection process, different responsibilities (including the cadet's) and deadlines.
    For those applying to a ACNSTC course (GPS, PPS, IACE), a briefing will be held on THURSDAY, NOV 7 during break a questions can be address to Capt Gandouin. 
    - For all other summer course inquiries, more details will follow.

    12 September 2019

    PARKING LOT SAFETY

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    With over 150 cadets at our squadron, drop off and pickup time on Thursday night at cadets has become increasingly congested.  Please try to drop off your cadets or park near the Museum of Flight or in the parking spots near the entrance to the airport.  Please DO NOT pull into the driveway nearest the Hangar.  It is a very busy area with pedestrians.

    THERE SHOULD BE NO STOPPING ALONG THE ROADWAY!  PLEASE DO NOT STOP OR PARK ALONG THE FENCE.  If you are waiting for your cadet, either use an open parking spot along the sidewalk, or park closer to 216th Ave or down by the Museum of Flight.

    Also it is important to keep your speed to a MAXIMUM of 15kph driving in and out of the roadway.  It is quite dark in the area and there are many people walking to different areas.

    Cadets please remember you are wearing dark clothing and are very hard to see on dark rainy nights.  Be aware of the vehicles around you and try to stay in lit areas.

    The safety and well being of the Cadets is important.  Thank you for your cooperation.


    05 June 2014

    Museum of Flight Air Cadet Membership Form

    IF you would like to sign up for the FREE Air Cadet Membership form for the Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport, you can do so by downloading and filling out the application form and bringing it in into the squadron.

    Membership includes:
    - FREE Admission (including one guest) to the museum
    - FREE admission to Seattle Museum of Flight, Squamish Westcoast Railway Museum, and the Military Museum in Chilliwack
    - Subscription to our quarterly Glidepath newletter
    - 15% discount on all regular priced gift shop items

    Application Form available HERE.

    Cadets are encouraged to participate and volunteer as they will be able to win a flight in one of the vintage planes at the museum!!

    Questions for the flight museum can be sent to info@canadianflight.com ; website: canadianflight.org

    12 February 2011

    General Cadet Knowledge Pocket Aide Memoire

    The following pocket-sized GCK Aide Memoire can be printed and folded by cadets as a quick reference guide. Remember, this is basic information that all cadets should know.
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