August 10, 2017           




Once a Cadet, Always a Gunner

By Captain Nicholas Kaempffer

Base Gagetown, NB – A proud member of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS), Bombardier Jordan Vienneau, as the Signals (or “Pronto”) Second-in-Command within W Battery, works with a team of a fellow Gunners to ensure the operation and control of complex communications equipment. While maintaining a wide variety of radio systems across a fleet of vehicles is no easy task, it’s just another day in a dynamic office for Bombardier Vienneau. This hard-working soldier credits his years as an Army Cadet as a direct contributor to his workplace excellence with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Raised in Browns Flat, New Brunswick, Bombardier Vienneau served Canada as a Cadet from 2001-2006 with his local Royal Canadian Cadet Corps, the 3034 Blue Mountain Rangers. There, he completed a wide variety of training, from basic marksmanship to field craft, as he learned valuable skills and abilities. The highlight of Bombardier Vienneau’s time in the Cadets was the summer he spent at Camp Argonaut, where he made life-long friends from across Canada, while developing confidence and participating in fun, challenging activities, including a biathlon where he placed 3rd overall.

With Cadets providing Bombardier Vienneau of a strong sense of community, pride, and discipline, a career in the CAF seemed like a natural path to take, especially as it followed the inspiring example of both his aunt and uncle. Flourishing within The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, Bombardier Vienneau has completed many challenging courses, such as Gun Detachment Second-in-Command and Basic Reconnaissance Patrolman. So important was the Cadets to Bombardier Vienneau, for the last year, he has been volunteering with the 3034 Blue Mountain Rangers, who are proudly affiliated with the RCAS. Speaking about his time in the Cadets, Bombardier Vienneau stated: “it is an honour to give back to the Cadet Corps that provided me such a positive foundation for success as both an adult and a member of the CAF. The sense of pride and accomplishments the Cadets gives you is unlike any other youth-based organization, and I directly contribute it to my success.” With his sights set high, Bombardier Vienneau looks forward to the continued opportunities afforded by the CAF, as he hopes to further his education, and deploy internationally.

Like all Cadet Corps, the 3034 Blue Mountain Rangers provides exciting opportunities for young Canadians, free of charge. Information on the Canadian Cadet Organizations can be found at www.cadets.ca

Photo credit 1: Tactics School, ALSC

Photo credit 2: Provided by Member

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