Grad parade held for Air Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course

Staff and students of course 0283 gather for a group photograph on August 1, 2018 in the field of Camp Aldershot. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-129

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RCAFBy Sara White

Colonel Mark Larsen, Director Air Reserve at Royal Canadian Air Force headquarters in Ottawa, congratulated and encouraged graduates from the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course during their final parade on August 10, 2018.

Twenty new Canadian Armed Forces members were part of BMQ Serial 0283, an RCAF Reserve-specific BMQ, which was offered for the first time at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Aldershot, near Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Every recruit who joined the program graduated at the end of the 10 weeks of training. Course candidates came from across Canada, ranging in age from 18 to 51. The top candidate was Aviator Matthew Jamieson, top shot was Aviator Angela Chenier and the peer award went to Aviator Kent Gilroy.

“This is a tremendous showing on the parade square,” Colonel Larsen told the graduates during the graduation parade.

“This has been a great experience: you have been the first solely RCAF course outside of the Canadian Armed Force recruit school in about 20 years, and that’s a significant event. You have done well, your staff have led and Camp Aldershot has hosted. We are expanding our direct intake of Reservists.”

The RCAF’s Regular Force and Reserve Force candidates traditionally take their BMQ at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean, Quebec, which can train about 5,000 people a year. That’s not enough to meet current RCAF recruitment goals, however. Therefore, the RCAF tested running its own Reserve Force BMQ, with instructors coming from nearby 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and its lodger units.

Colonel Larsen welcomed the new graduates into the RCAF “family”.

“We have each other’s back. We are a busy family, engaged in operations at home with air sovereignty and NORAD, and many missions abroad. You will be trained, and called upon to do things in service to your country; you will be continue to be challenged in support of those operations.

“This marks the start of a great adventure.

“Instructors have pushed you to the limits – and past those limits; all with a focus on teamwork, on being a family, and integrating with the informal family that is the CAF.”

Colonel Larsen also congratulated the BMQ’s command team and instructors, and Camp Aldershot for hosting the BMQ.

Sara White is the editor of “The Aurora”, 14 Wing Greenwood’s base newspaper, where this article was originally published.

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  • Staff and students of course 0283 gather for a group photograph on August 1, 2018 in the field of Camp Aldershot. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-129Staff and students of course 0283 gather for a group photograph on August 1, 2018 in the field of Camp Aldershot. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-129

  • From right, Aviator MacKenzie Cross, Aviator Angela Chenier and Aviator Ryley Pentelichuk, along with their course mates, march to their Forward Operating Base on August 1, 2018, during field training at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. All were candidates on the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted from May 31 to August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-160From right, Aviator MacKenzie Cross, Aviator Angela Chenier and Aviator Ryley Pentelichuk, along with their course mates, march to their Forward Operating Base on August 1, 2018, during field training at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. All were candidates on the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted from May 31 to August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-160

  • It’s not all drill and field work. Candidates on the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course receive classroom instruction on July 30, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-073It’s not all drill and field work. Candidates on the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course receive classroom instruction on July 30, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-073

  • From left, Aviator Angela Chenier, Aviator MacKenzie Cross, Master Corporal Jim Beaulieu (member of the directing staff), Aviator Melanie Julien-Foster and Aviator Shawna Kelly pause for a photo during field training. All the candidates successfully completed the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia, from May 31 to August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-124
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Reserve Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Course 0283 is facilitated at the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre (CDTC) Detachment Aldershot in Kings County, Nova Scotia from 31 May to 10 August 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-124From left, Aviator Angela Chenier, Aviator MacKenzie Cross, Master Corporal Jim Beaulieu (member of the directing staff), Aviator Melanie Julien-Foster and Aviator Shawna Kelly pause for a photo during field training. All the candidates successfully completed the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia, from May 31 to August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-124 Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Reserve Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) Course 0283 is facilitated at the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre (CDTC) Detachment Aldershot in Kings County, Nova Scotia from 31 May to 10 August 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-124

  • Captain MacDonald conducts room inspections in the female quarters during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on July 30, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-062Captain MacDonald conducts room inspections in the female quarters during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on July 30, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-062

  • Aviator Angela Chenier received the award for top shot during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-055Aviator Angela Chenier received the award for top shot during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-055

  • Aviator Walter Bayrock secures the Forward Operation Base during Exercise Normandy at Camp Aldershot on August 2, 2018, during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted from May 31 to August 10, 2018.  PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-037Aviator Walter Bayrock secures the Forward Operation Base during Exercise Normandy at Camp Aldershot on August 2, 2018, during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course conducted from May 31 to August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-037

  • Aviator Matthew Jamieson received the award for top candidate during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-051Aviator Matthew Jamieson received the award for top candidate during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-051

  • Warrant Officer Sheppard teaches drill during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification course on July 30, 2018, at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-003Warrant Officer Sheppard teaches drill during the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification course on July 30, 2018, at Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-003

  • Aviator Kent Gilroy received the peer award during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-030Aviator Kent Gilroy received the peer award during the graduation ceremony for the RCAF Reserve Basic Military Qualification Course on August 10, 2018. PHOTO: Corporal Crystal Roche, GD09-2018-0474-030
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