Canadian cadets.jpgCadets from the Royal Canadian Army and Air Squadron gather for a photo at the Military Mountaineers Monument to commemorate their visit to Fort Drum, New York. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Tross)

Royal Canadian cadets visit Fort Drum


Sgt. Phillip Tross

27th Public Affairs Detachment


FORT DRUM, N.Y. (March 15, 2019) – Cadets from the Royal Canadian Army and Air Squadron visited Fort Drum, New York, March 13-15. The cadets were at Fort Drum to learn about the U.S Army and to gain an understanding of military life from a Soldier's perspective.

During their three-day stay, the cadets participated in weapons simulation training and flight simulations, and visited the 10th Mountain Division Museum.

According to cadets, the event with the biggest impact was meeting Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander.

“What really touched me was when Maj. Gen. Piatt said everyone fails, but it's what you do after that matters,” said Army Cadet Drake Matthews Senecal. “Hearing it from him, with real examples, shows what matters and what's important.”

Other cadets shared similar sentiments.

“Maj. Gen. Piatt’s speech on leadership was really inspiring. His outlook on leading are lessons I will hold onto for a long time,” said Air Cadet TJ Hanley.

The 709 Army Cadet Corps and 700 Air Cadet Squadron conducted joint exercises, concluding their training with a greater understanding of U.S. military operations and military life before returning to Canada.