202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps changes command

 

By Joel Charron

The 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps is changing command.

Regiment Sgt Major (RSM) Miranda Turner passed the torch to the next in line last Wednesday evening.

Turner, has spent seven years with the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps has “aged out” with the corps and has given up her command.

However, Turner is not giving up her role with the cadets. The 19-year-old is current in the process of becoming an Officer Cadet, which will allow her to volunteer with the cadet corps.

“I’m going to be moving to a different corps,” said Turner.

Turner will be moving to Cadet Corps 1112 in Tecumseh.

Turner said her time with 202 has been “awesome” and she says she’s leaving with no regrets.

“Being able to teach younger cadets and  help form them into the type of cadet they can be proud of is a very cool feeling,” she said.

Turner said moving up the ranks within 202 has been a fun journey and is something she is very proud of.  She also added she is “very grateful” to have been able to attend different camps and meet other cadets from across Canada.

“My time with 202 has been very rewarding,” she said.

Turner will have handing over the reigns to a familiar face; taking over as RSM is her sister, Alexandra Turner.

 

Outgoing Regiment Sgt Major (RSM) Miranda Turner (middle) passed the torch to her sister Alexandra Turner (right) as the new RSM and Matthew Zakorak (left) was promoted to Squadant Sgt. Major.

Outgoing Regiment Sgt Major (RSM) Miranda Turner (middle) passed the torch to her sister Alexandra Turner (right) as the new RSM and Matthew Zakorak (left) was promoted to Squadant Sgt. Major.

Alexandra, who held the rank of Squadant Sgt Major (SSM) said she is excited to take over command.

“I have some pretty big shoes to fill in,” she said. “They way the cadet corps is progressing is great and I have a lot to look forward to in the future. I want to mold my cadets in an image that I feel that is good for the public to see.”

Alexandra noted that take over as RSM has a little more meaning because it’s being passed down from her sister.

“She did a very good job and now I have to measure up to the job she did,” said Alexandra. “Seeing her age out of cadets and watching her do everything to the best of her ability is a great thing. Taking over for her is a great honour.”

“I know I’m leaving the cadets in great hands,” said Turner.

Being the RSM, Alexandra will now oversee everything in the cadet corps from the cadet point of view.

“I’m will be in charge of setting standards for drill dress and the way the cadets present themselves in public from the way they dress and act,” said Alexandra.

She will also act as a link between the officers and cadets.

“Anything the officers want they tell me and I relay that to the cadets,” she said.

Alexandra isn’t the only one who was promoted; Matthew Zakorak will be taking over as the new SSM.

“This is a good opportunity to better myself,” said Zakorak. “I get to take a step back and look at the cadet corps from a big picture.”

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