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Justin Crann
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Retired Brigadier General R.R. Romses was pleased with the Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps (MJSCC) following their review Saturday.

Cadet Warrant Officer Gregory Douglas (left), Brigadier General (retired) and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets R.R. Romses (centre-left) and Kenneth Garbutt (centre-right) participate in the 72nd annual ceremonial review of the Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps Saturday afternoon.

“The cadets always do fantastically, and the reason I say that is because they’re always enthusiastic,” Romses told the Times-Herald Saturday after the MJSCC’s 72nd annual ceremonial review. “These are very dedicated young men and women, and they get involved in cadets to have a good time. To see them blossom over the course of the year, as the commanding officer and instructors would see here, is fantastic.”

The ceremonial review is a tradition for the cadets. A party of officers, including instructors and the senior members of the cadet corps, inspects each cadet prior to presentations by the cadets for family and staff.

This year, the review party consisted of Romses, along with Kenneth Garbutt, the vice president of the Army Cadet League of Saskatchewan; and Captain Nicole Taylor, the CO of the MJSCC; accompanied by cadets MWO Jaden Stapor and WO Gregory Douglas.

Following the review, individual cadets were recognized for their achievements with various awards.

Romses is familiar with the drill: he, himself, was once a cadet.

“I was ... for about five years. I really enjoyed it, and that’s why I enjoy coming back for days like today,” he said. “Cadets really helped me when I was younger, and I think it assisted me by instilling traits in me that, as I went on in life, were valuable to me.”

He added that he was pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm of the MJSCC cadets, and that the program is making them better citizens.

That sentiment was echoed by Lt.-Col. Lyle Johnson, an outgoing administration officer with the MJSCC.

“Everyone has their own challenges in life and their own abilities. We want them to be proud of who they are,” he said. “We want them to be proud as a person, a Canadian, a citizen, and proud about their successes and the achievements they are recognized for today.”

“I am always proud of them,” added Johnson.

A previous version of this story identified one of the cadets involved in the review as MWO Jared Stapor. His name is actually Jaden. The Times-Herald apologizes for the error.

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Organizations: Times-Herald, Army Cadet League of Saskatchewan

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