PLQ Graduation Parade 1404

News Article / January 22, 2015 / Project number: PA2015-01

By Sgt. Justin Harper RCAF Academy  16 Wing

Thursday 11 December 2014 found our latest candidates ready and prepared for their final graduation parade.  The guest of honour, and Reviewing Officer for the parade was LCol  Michael Van Marum, the CFB Borden Base Technical Services Officer, accompanied by CWO Guy Pelletier.

All of the members on parade were Corporals and Master Corporals who had exhibited leadership abilities and attributes in their respective trades necessary for advancement. This parade is the final step in a long journey and an arduous course in preparing the candidates for employment as Junior NCM (non-commissioned member) leaders in the RCAF and CAF.  All members on parade were Francophone and Anglophone candidates on PLQ course 1404.

There were a number of presentations on the parade. The prestigious ‘LAC Gravell Award’ was   awarded to Cpl  Joel Clark, AVN TECH from 17 Wing Winnipeg; Cpl Mathieu Mercier, CONST TECH from CFB Kingston; and Cpl Pierre Richard, AC OP from CFB Gagetown.

The RCAF’s first George Cross was awarded in November 1941 to Leading Aircraftsman Gravell, who, despite serious injuries which proved fatal, gallantly endeavoured to rescue his pilot from the blazing wreckage of their crashed TIGERMOTH aircraft.  His gallantry and self-sacrifice were recognized posthumously. He was 19 years old when he gave his life in the service of his country. The recipient of this award is nominated by his peers and is awarded to a single candidate per flight who demonstrates exceptional abilities in leadership as well as building team-work and esprit de corps.

The final presentation was a donation from the course towards the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund of $670.00.  This was presented by Cpl Robar on behalf of PLQ 1404 to Comrade Hart Holstrom and Comrade Jack Tierney from the Royal Canadian Legion..  These funds were raised by a variety of means over the seven weeks of the course.  Comrade Jack Tierney (RCN Ret’d), at 94 years old, entertained the parade and spectators with a self-written and thought-provoking musical presentation.

The Primary Leadership Qualification Course PLQ course is 7 weeks long.  The course delivery is varied, everything from the examination of leadership styles and behaviors to NATO Operation Planning Process is taught. The candidates are mentored and evaluated on all facets of their leadership and personal comportment throughout their tenure to ensure that our future leaders are ready for the challenges that lay ahead in their careers.


Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Aerospace Control Officers contribute to air operations by providing air traffic control services and air weapons control.

Aerospace Control Officers are responsible for the conduct of aerospace surveillance, warning, and control of airborne objects throughout Canadian airspace. As an integral part of the Canadian Air Navigation System, they also provide control to civilian and military aircraft during combat and training operations worldwide.

Date modified: