Richmond Army Cadet units see changing of the guard

Richmond’s two Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps have made simultaneous changes of command this month.

On Sept. 1, Major Blomme took command of 2947 “39 Service Battalion” from Capt. Jeff Ng, who had helmed the award-winning corps since 2016.

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Meanwhile, Ng has taken command of 2381 “BCR (Irish Fusiliers),” as his next assignment.

“These changes of command represent the next stage of growth for Richmond’s Army Cadet programs,” said Ng.

“COVID is at the top of everyone’s minds right now, the safety of our cadets and staff members is of the utmost priority.

“With these changes in appointment, we will look at how to best serve Richmond’s youth while keeping them safe, engaged, and trained with employable skills.”

Enhanced safety procedures are in place at both cadet units, including but not limited to: facilities disinfection protocols, physical distancing of all areas, a maximum site capacity of 50 people, blended virtual/in-person learning experiences, and screening stations similar to ones found at a dentist’s or doctor’s offices.

2381 and 2947 both train out of the Sherman Armoury at 5500 No. 4 Rd., with the former training on Tuesday evenings and the latter on Thursday evenings.

Both cadet units are scheduled to re-open for training in October, but are now accepting registrations.

The Royal Canadian Army Cadet program is free for all youth ages 12-18. There are no assessment, registration, or any other fees required for the program.

For more information, go to www.2947armycadets.ca or www.2381armycadets.com.   

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