Logan City Community Cadets celebrated twenty-three years of service to the community at its annual awards ceremony in March.
The night began with a formal parade, led by the Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Jack Schackow and accompanied by the ceremonial band. Cadets were ‘dressed-down’ and organised into formation, then a roll was marked.
Awards on the night went to cadets who excelled in the activities and included Best Shot and Most Improved. Awards were also given for consistent and dedicated service to the company.
Special mention must be given to CCPL Dominic Solti, who received the Commanding Officer’s Encouragement Award for his outstanding commitment.
Cadet of the Year went to CSGT Ben Pascoe.
‘We love you being here, we love seeing you progress,’ Commanding Officer (CO) Trevor Schulze told the cadets on the night.
Logan City Community Cadets supports local organizations, offering services to local RSLs, raising money for Legacy, a charity for ex-service men and women, support for Wounded Heroes and Catafalque Parties on ANZAC Day.
‘In the past, we’ve done Clean Up Australia. We assist Legacy by selling badges down at Browns Plains. This year we’re selling poppies down at Grand Plaza.’
With ANZAC Day fast approaching, the Cadets are practicing their parade drills for the big day.
‘We have full ceremonies,’ says Mr Schulze. This year we’re supplying cadets for the Catafalque Parties at Logan Village RSL and the Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Motorcycle Club.’
The cadet program teaches young members important military and life skills, both inside and outside the classroom. Mr Schulze explains.
‘Inside the classroom you can have the theory side of bushcraft and fieldcraft, military skills, engineering, first aid, cadet knowledge, which includes military history.’
For the older cadets, staff members engage in hands-on life skills.
‘It might be we’ll go out and I’ll show them how to change a tire on a car properly, or show them an engine on a car. Even a confrontation with a person or applying for a job. We give them real life skills.’
In the field, the cadets do engineering, first aid, and rifle-shooting. Cadets learn skills like tying knots, putting up shelter, picking out sounds in the night, and navigating with a compass and a map.
It’s all about giving back to the community, learning valuable life skills, and having a great time.
For Commanding Officer Trevor Schulze the most rewarding part is seeing the kids learn and develop.
‘[It’s] seeing the kids go home from a night or a weekend, dirty, tired, but with a smile on their face, and they had a good time.’
Mr. Schulze served for thirty-eight years in the Army, retiring at the rank of Warrant Class Officer II.
‘I just like seeing their faces and the enjoyment on them. Doing something for them – that’s my part of the community.’
‘We don’t get paid for it, we volunteer. We put in a certain number of dollars ourselves just to make things work better. So we rely on community support to keep it going.’
The LCCCU Officer Commanding, John Arnold, addressed the cadets on the night.
‘There is no distinction between male and female, skin-tone, or religion, or anything else like that, we’re all one family. Keep that tradition going, and we’ll last another twenty-three years.’
Look out for Logan City Community Cadets at Browns Plains Grand Plaza in April. They will be selling poppies and have information on how to sign up!
Best Shot –
F961 CCPL A. Dionysius;
537 CWO2 C. Goddard
Most Consistent – F879 CLCPL E Hester
Most Improved – F792 CDT C Moss
Best Attendance – 779 CSGT E Lee-Westhead
Best Cadet Medal (First Issue) – 839 CSGT B. Pascoe
Commanding Officer’s Encouragement Award – 908 CCPL D Solti