“My air cadet experience is one I value and have treasured throughout my life. Not only did it teach me discipline, but I learned valuable leadership qualities that I have applied, and continue to apply in my life.”
Canadian country music heavyweight George Canyon is well-known in the cadet world. In 2008 he was named Honorary Colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood; when the appointment expired in 2011, he was named the first-ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. At one time, he hoped to be a military pilot himself, but a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes ended that career path. Now a two-time Juno Award winner, with multiple Canadian Country Music Awards under his belt, his big break came when he finished as the runner-up in the 2004 Nashville Star competition.