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MANITOBA SPECIAL AIR SERVICES CADET CORPS
No. 745 Manitoba Special Air Services Cadet Corps first came into being on the 25th day of September 1948.
Since its inception it has held the unique record of being not only the first, but the only Cadet Corps bearing the name "Special Air Services".
This Cadet Corps is the result of the vision of its original sponsors, Lt. Col A. H. Gammon, ED; Lt. Col. E. M. Brown, ED; and Major B. D. Jones, CD, who convinced not only the Deputy Attorney-General Brig. O. M. Kay, but the senior officers of Man itoba Area that such a Corps would not only be good for the boys bu t also for the armed services.
The Corps also boast a brass band. Its original bandmaster was Mr. Lorne Chappel, a teacher at the school. His duties have since been taken over by Major B. D. Jones who served in a triple role, Sponsor, Bandmaster and Superintendent of the school.
The Corps' first Chief Instructor was Wilfred Donaldson, OBE, who was succeeded by Nicholas Pliszka as Chief Instructor in 1959.
Lt. Col. A. H. Gammon, ED, on retiring to the United Kingdom, was replaced with Lt. Col. W. Burton, ED, CD, as Sponsor.
In 1949 and 1950 the Corps held its summer camp at Clear Lake in Manitoba, and since that time all summer camps have been held at CFB Rivers, using all the para training facilities located there and having on occasion used the "jump tower" at CFB Shilo for eontrolled jumps.
The Cadet Corps is young in years compared to others. However, they are old in tradition.
Since the inception of the Corps many of its young men have served in the regular armed forces of Canada, have acquitted them selves well, and have proved that given a chance its members can be citizens of high calibre and a credit to Canada.
SOMETHING ABOUT ELEVATORS
As a result of a very apparent trend towards increased deliveries being made to central points, United Grain Growers Limited decided to build an elevator at Portage Ia Prairie. The elevator was built in 1961, and is a composite type with the annex attached to the elevator. The storage capacity is 150,000 bushels, and the elevator