In 2011, 52 ‘City of Calgary’ Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron celebrated a milestone of seventy years of service to the youth of Calgary. The organizations’ ability to attract and retain its youth membership has resulted in an oversubscribed program and a waiting list for youth to join. Through the joint efforts of the 52 Squadron Sponsoring Committee, The Air Cadet League of Alberta, and The Department of National Defense, 83 Juno Beach Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron was formed on Dec. 12, 2011.
At Juno Beach on June 6th, 1944, over 20,000 young Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy along Allied Forces during the Second World War. The name ‘Juno Beach’ was chosen to encourage youth to explore and honor the contributions of the Royal Canadian Air Force prior to, and during a defining moment in Canadian history.
83 Squadron parades every Tuesday evening at the Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies, but this is not all that we do. We endeavor as a squadron to embody the aims of the air cadet program, which are:
- to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership;
- promote physical fitness; and
- to stimulate the interest of youth in the air element of the Canadian Forces