Abbotsford cadets receive awards at training centre in Victoria

Three members of the 861 Silverfox air cadet squadron were recognized for their skills.

Abbotsford air cadets (from left) Konybai Mabor

Abbotsford air cadets (from left) Konybai Mabor

Three air cadets from Abbotsford’s 861 Silverfox squadron received awards in Victoria on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Vyom Sanghavi was named Top Cadet, while Thomas Schratz and Konybai Mabor both received Most Improved Cadet awards.

The awards were presented as part of a graduation event that included a ceremonial parade held at Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC).

Almost 150 cadets from across B.C. attended the CSTC.

The top cadet was selected from each of the seven 25-member “flights” (groups), and was presented to those demonstrating exemplary performance in their drill, dress and deportment.

“All the Abbotsford cadets are outstanding teens,” said Lt. Peggy Kulmala, public affairs officer for Albert Head CSTC. “Cadet Sanghavi really stood out for me: a very engaging and charismatic young man.”

The cadets – most 12 or 13 years old – spent two weeks in a program that included military drill, sports, citizenship activities, and an opportunity to fly.

They also participated in adventure training classes, including survival and a trip to the range to learn how to safely handle an air rifle.

The cadets also visited Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site and the B.C. Legislature.

The 861 squadron in Abbotsford has more than 100 air cadets, of whom 38 completed a variety of courses at Albert Head this summer.