Cadet Julie Ou from 692 BCIT Aerospace Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron touring the Fire Hall at Canadian Forces Base Comox. (Photo: Flight Sergeant Cherry Lian, Cadet Correspondent)
RICHMOND, BC – Cadet Julie Ou had quite a different take on Spring Break activities compared to other youth her age. This month, she had the opportunity to visit Canadian Force Bases (CFB) Comox, and the Comox Air Force Museum as a member of 692 BCIT Aerospace Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.
From learning about search and rescue operations conducted out of Comox, touring the inside of an Aurora aircraft, to learning about the history of the Air Force, this Grade 9 student attending University Hill Secondary School relished this opportunity of a lifetime. For Ou, getting front row seats to the diverse roles on base helped her explore the idea of pursuing a military career in the future. For now, she has her sight set on obtaining her pilot license through the cadet program, and serving her community through volunteering.
“The cadet program is all about creating amazing opportunities for youth. The familiarization visit to 19 Wing Comox is a prime example where cadets got to observe, learn, and experience new skills.” says Captain William Wah, Commanding Officer
The Cadet Program aims to develop in youth ages 12-18 the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.