Demonstration teams thrill North Bay cadets

A man wearing a black T-shirt shows a folded red and white parachute to three youths wearing military uniforms inside a gymnasium.
Corporal Jason Bent, the SkyHawks’ parachute rigger, explains a parachute to cadets at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario. Approximately 90 navy, army and air cadets from North Bay met the SkyHawks and the CF-18 Demo Team on June 12, 2018, at 22 Wing. PHOTO: Submitted

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From 22 Wing North Bay public affairs

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, leading up to Armed Forces Day 2018, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Parachute Team— the SkyHawks—and the CF-18 Demonstration Team spent quality time with Sea, Army and Air Cadets from North Bay, Ontario.

“It is a great experience to be able to meet the SkyHawks and the CF-18 Demonstration Team,” said Warrant Officer First Class Adrian Iserhoff, an air cadet with 547 “Canuck” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. “It was an amazing opportunity that I will remember forever.”

Approximately 90 cadets met with members of the demonstration teams, getting autographs and taking selfies.

Captain Stefan Porteous, the pilot of the 2018 Demonstration Hornet, was an air cadet with 386 ‘KOMOX’ Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Comox, British Columbia. “As a former air cadet I was absolutely thrilled to spend time meeting the local cadets in North Bay,” he said. “Hopefully we were able to inspire the next generation of pilots and technicians through our visit.”

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For more than 40 years, they have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to more than 75 million spectators worldwide under their signature Canadian flag parachutes. “It is with great pride that we continue to showcase the professionalism, dedication and team work it takes to be part of Canada’s military especially to cadets, our future citizens,” said the team captain, Captain John Hart.

The mission of the Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic, community-based program.

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