Cadet Taryn Koomen

Local cadet gets top honours at training camp

Campbell River’s Taryn Koomen stood out this summer among his fellow cadets

Campbell River’s Taryn Koomen stood out this summer among his fellow cadets.

Koomen was one of more than 700 cadets who took part in a training program in Alberta.

And last week, Koomen was recognized for his achievements and progress when he was given the Top Survival Skills Award in the Cold Lake Air Cadet Summer Training Centre’s survival instructor program.

“This award is given to the cadet of each flight who has shown the best understanding and practical application and understanding of survival skills in the Survival Instructor course,” said Lieutenant Commander Robert Hansen, officer commanding survival training group.

“Cadet Koomen exemplifies the qualities we aim to instil in our cadets.”

Throughout the cadet training year, from September to June, Cadet Koomen is a member of the 363 Captain Brian Barker Squadron RCACS Squadron in Campbell River.

The local squadron was among more than 700 other cadets who attended training in Cold Lake during the summer.

With summer training now complete, Cadet Koomen will return for the new training year with his home squadron, with new experiences and added skills to apply to future endeavours.

Cadet training in Cold Lake first began in 1973 with the arrival of the Senior Leaders Course.

Today, approximately 700 cadets attend one of five summer training courses at CLACSTC, which vary in length from three to six weeks.

All courses are run by a mix of Canadian Forces members, senior staff cadets and civilian instructors.