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85 Tornado Squadron - Grand Valley

What is the "Air Cadets"?

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national organization for Canadian youth between the ages of 12 and 19. This is a result of a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada.

To become members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, interested youth must join a local Squadron. There are over 440 Air Cadet Squadrons across Canada.

The local Squadron meets for regular training weekly through the school year. Optional training, including sports, marksmanship and other activities are available as well.

In July and August many Summer Training Courses are available to cadets. These provide valuable training at no cost. Cadets actually get PAID for attending!


What is 85 Squadron?

In 1985, a tornado swept through Grand Valley, across the top of Orangeville, over into Hockley Valley and then up to Barrie where it finally lost strength. This was not just a minor twister, but one that caused major devastation, including great property damage and loss of life. Out of the ruins of that freak of nature sprang our Squadron logo. The number "85" comes from the year of the event, and the name "Tornado" comes from the event itself.

In addition to the metrological reference, the Squadron decided that it was only appropriate to include an aeronautical reference as well.

Some time ago, the British, German and Italian aerospace industry formed a consortium to develop an all purpose, variable swept wing fighter bomber.

The result was the Panavia Tornado. This aircraft has seen service around the world including Dessert Storm.

The final touch to our emblem is the motto. It had to refer to the Squadron, and the origin of the emblem in some way. Everyone struggled to get just the right wording. Finally, one of our former Commanding Officers, Captain Terry Filce, came up with what became the motto of the squadron "RIDING THE EDGE OF THE STORM". The Aircraft design on our crest was the work of formed staff member David Cox.

85 Tornado Squadron parades from 6:45pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings from September until June at the Grand Valley and District Public School at 120 Main Street North.

Want more info?

Browse our website for more information on 85 Squadron. Join us and reach for the sky!


1. For a limited time only, check out our Hooded Sweatshirts.

2. To find an event 'Warning Order':
a) Go to the 'Calendar'
b) Find the date
c) Click on the event
d) Click on the hyperlink '---- warning order'

3. Important upcoming events with the following:

06-Jan Saturday Flying Scholarship Shelburne LHQ
06-Jan Saturday George W. Elms Moss Park Armoury
Memorial Shoot
09-Jan Tuesday Return to Cadets, LHQ
CO's Parade
13-Jan Saturday Ground School Test CFB Borden
20-Jan Saturday Team Building LHQ
03-Feb Saturday Band Clinic LHQ
04-Feb Sunday Snow Tubing Snow Valley Barrie
10-Feb Tuesday National Interviews CFB Borden
25-Feb Sunday Zone Shoot Orangeville
03-Mar Saturday Band Clinic LHQ
12-Mar - 16-Mar Stand Down March Break
23-Mar Friday Tagging Grand Valley +
24-Mar Saturday Tagging Fergus +
25-Mar Sunday Tagging possibly Arthur
07-Apr Saturday Range and Games LHQ
day for all Cdts
19-Apr Thursday Board Cleaning Community Centre
21-Apr - 22-Apr COA Band + Fort York, Toronto
Drill Competition we attend 1 day
TBA Saturday Effective Speaking + TBD
Debate Competition
27-Apr - 29-Apr Spring FTX Flesherton Property
05-May Saturday ACAD CFB Borden
26-May Saturday Duck Race (all pers) Grand Valley
26-May Saturday Regional Band + CFB Borden
Drill Competition
03-Jun Sunday Annual Ceremonial Community Centre
08-Jun - 10-Jun Year End Trip White water rafting!

4. We have received a guide to the new uniform badges that are starting to become available. It is a good resource while we are waiting for the updates to the dress regulations (CATO 55-04).

Our motto is:

To Learn - To Serve - To Advance

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