Local teen shares Air Cadet experiences

QUADEVILLE – Ever since he can remember, 14-year-old Ryan Somes has had an interest in aviation. Now, after three years with the Air Cadets program, he is getting closer to making his dream of getting his pilot’s license a reality. When he was introduced to the idea of joining the Air Cadet Program, he thought it would be fun to give it a try. Somes recalls his first day checking out the 638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Pembroke on December 16th, 2015. “The atmosphere was a little intimidating, but I had a feeling that this would be a journey I would enjoy,” Somes said. Since making that commitment, he has had no regrets. It has opened a whole world of exciting challenges for Somes, such as the six-week survival instructing course he is about to embark on this July. “I’ve been very fortunate to have had many awesome opportunities and experiences,” Somes said. Being an Air Cadet has meant weekly trips from Quadeville to Pembroke and beyond throughout the year to participate in various activities, including drill team training, team-building, fundraising, marshalling, fitness marksmanship (shooting skills) and biathlon (cross-country skiing and shooting). Several camps, competitions and training have taken him to places including Connaught, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Trenton. To read the full story, pick up a copy of the July 11 paper.