It was an event marked by precision, drill, marching, colors, and inspection.
On Friday, June 5, the twenty seven cadets – with several new recruits – of the Adm. F. J. Mifflin Corps of Hermitage-Sandyville held their annual review, an event with pomp, ceremony, and a host of awards and presentations. All this was performed in front of the reviewing officer, the local leaders, parent, and friends at the Lions’ Community Centre.
This year’s reviewing officer was sub-Lieutenant G. Lau, a Naval Logistics Officer who presently is the Station Comptroller at CFS St. John’s while waiting for his next opportunity to return to sea as the Logistics Officer.
In his remarks he thanked the parents for supporting the young people in their Cadet events, the leaders for their dedication and hard work, and the Cadets of 2011 for a “job well done”. “I was really impressed with your co-ordination in marching”, he told the attentive young minds, “and I urge you to find opportunities to be leaders in whatever community you end up.”
Chief Petty Officer Trent Hollett, who leaves the Corps this year to pursue post-secondary studies, thanked everyone for the support given to the corps over the past 14 years.
“My six years as a cadet and one year as chief have taught me a lot”, he said in his presentation, “and all the drill, discipline, and training, have given us responsibility, social skills, and educational opportunities”.
The final remarks came from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Navy (Jeff) Herritt who had a long list of thank you’s including the ACO’s shop in St. John’s, the Hermitage-Sandyville Lions Club, the fundraising committee, Trent Hollett for his work as Corps Chief, and the staff at the 326 Corps including past administration officer Sharon Osmond. He thanked all the organizations and businesses that sponsored the awards for this year’s review, and ended by praising the cadets for “an exceptional job this year”.
The evening ended with the presentation of many awards including the Best All Around Cadet, the Cadet of the Year, the Lord Strathcona Medal, all three awarded to Trent Hollett, and the Legion Medal of Excellence won by Laura Pack.
The annual review marks the end of the Cadet year with activities to resume again in September.