As expected, 41’s survival course cadets are to doing well at the Cold Lake survival wing this summer. Thanks OCdt Kinneberg for the photo!
Cadets at CSTC’s around the country today are celebrating the graduation from their respective courses today. It marks not only the end of their courses, but also the successful completion of another summer of training.
Today Cadets will say goodbye to new and old friends, and the place that’s been their home away from home for the past several weeks.
Come tomorrow most will be welcomed home by parents and family and will once again sleep in their own beds.
To all 41’s cadets that got to go on course this summer, congratulations on your achievements and welcome home! We look forward to hearing about your summer in the coming weeks.
First night back is September 3rd.
If you’re a cadet that’s attended a CSTC before you already have a pretty good idea what life is like while on course. Chances are you’ve even picked up a little here and there about some of the other courses. To most parents however it’s all a mystery. You drop your cadet off one day then pick them up a couple, few or even several weeks later. If you’re lucky you may have even received a phone call or two, usually asking to send a care package. If you’ve ever wondered what your cadet does while on course, you’re not alone. Lloydminster news went out to Cold Lake, Alberta last week to check out what cadets taking the Basic Surival course do with their day.
Today the last group of 41’s Cadets will head to their General Training course at Penhold Alberta. As well as being the last intake of Cadets to head to course this summer, this group is special in a different way; they are the last intake of Cadets to ever be sent to Penhold CSTC.
In 1940, Penhold was first opened as RCAF Manning Depot, It was transferred to the RAF the following year to become part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program. Between the end of the WWII and 1965, Penhold had been decommissioned, handed over to the Department of Transportation, stood up again under NATO as a flight training school which then ceased years later. In 1966 it became Canadian Forces Base Penhold, which it retained until 1990 when it was reduced to a detachment of CFB Edmonton. In 1994 it was decommissioned, with buildings and land sold off the following year.
Cadets have been attending Penhold since the sixties and as such have been a large part of its history. And while we still know and call it “Penhold”, the area containing what remains of the barracks, mess and buildings cadets use each summer, is now called Harvard Park.
2014 marks the final year Penhold will be used as a summer training centre. Next year cadets that traditionally go there will be sent to other locations such as CFB Cold Lake. The cadets leaving today are the last of a legacy.
Bright and early this morning the second intake of 3 week courses set off. Some left by bus from HMCS Queen while others got to fly. The trade off? They had to be at the airport as early as 4am!
Cadets Bennett and Diewold are off to Penhold and so got the late flight, not having to be at the airport until 7am.