Commanding Officer

Major Monty Cross

Major Cross grew up in Chilliwack where he graduated high school in 1978. He has earned a Diploma in Business Administration, along with various transportation industry & security industry certificates. Major Cross was a licensed insurance fraud investigator for 11 years before switching careers and since 1994, he has been a transportation consultant, executive and owner with several BC based trucking companies.

His involvement with Air Cadets began in 1974 at 147 Squadron (Sqn) in Chilliwack, where he achieved the rank of Warrant Officer First Class. He completed the Gliding Scholarship Course in 1977 and obtained his private pilot license a year later.

After graduating from cadets, he served for one year as a supply technician with 12 Service Battalion in Richmond and then returned to the cadet program as a Civilian Instructor with 610 Sqn in Williams Lake. In 1988 he enrolled in the Cadet Instructor List (now Cadet Instructor Cadre) branch of the CF and was appointed Training Officer of 637 Sqn in South Burnaby.

In the spring of 1990 he transferred briefly to 135 Sqn in Vancouver before purchasing a home in Mission which led to him assuming the Training Officer's position at 861 Sqn in Abbotsford later that year. He was promoted to Captain in Feb 1993 and also served that year at Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre as the Camp Movements Officer.   In June 1996 he transferred to 521 Sqn in Mission where he took command a year later.

In the spring of 2001 his proposal was authorized to form a new South Surrey Sqn out of 819 Sqn in North Delta. Within a few months 907 Sqn in White Rock was parading and he was appointed the 1st Commanding Officer in Dec 2001. In the spring of 2002 he joined Regional Cadet Support Unit – Pacific (RCSU-Pac) as Special Projects Officer – Air (Lower mainland).  In June of 2003 he took command of 754 Sqn in Port Moody with a mandate to start a new sqn in the area - in Port Coquitlam. 777 Neptune Sqn was successfully formed by Jan 2004.   Major Cross returned to the RCSU - Pacific staff in June 2005 and supervised the cadet involvement in the 2005 Grey Cup Parade.

In the spring of 2008 he began the development of 609 Steveston Sqn in South Richmond out of 655 Sqn. Major Cross was promoted to his present rank at the 609 Sqn stand up parade on 11 Feb 2009 and appointed Area CIC Officer for the Fraser Valley Wing.

Major Cross continued the Cadet Population Growth Initiative by mentoring the development of 888 Sqn in South Vancouver and 59 Sqn in East Vancouver. 888 Sqn was chartered on 01 Jun 2010 and 59 Sqn chartered in May 2014.

In addition to ACICO he served as the Special Projects Officer – Air which encompasses his roles as Officer-in-Charge for the BC Lions Flag Party and their Salute to Veterans ½ Show - duties he had performed from 1999-2015. It also included overseeing the Lower Mainland Massed Battle of Britain Parades from 1999 to 2012.

In Feb 2015 Major Cross relinquished the ACICO/SPO appointments to join the RCSU - Pac Supplementary Staff to focus on assisting squadrons in the Okanagan. He continues his work to expand and promote the Air Cadet Program through media events such as the 2009 World Cup and 2010 Olympics and is working on the formation of additional squadrons. When available he serves as a Range Safety Officer and as a Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor.

 Major Cross was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in Oct 2000 & clasp in 2010.

Administration Officer

Capt. Victoria Schrauwen

Capt Schrauwen grew up on her family’s farm in rural Armstrong, B.C.  While in Armstrong, she attended Pleasant Valley Secondary School, graduating in 1997.  She went on to attend Okanagan University College from which she received an Associate of Arts Degree.  In 2001, at the age of 21, Capt Schrauwen began her career with KF Aerospace, formerly Kelowna Flightcraft, as an aircraft detailer.  Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Aircraft Prepper in the Paint Department.  Five years later, an internal job was posted for a Non-Destructive Testing Technician Trainee.  Capt Schrauwen was fortunate enough to be selected for this position and KF Aerospace sponsored her throughout her education at the Canadian Institute of Non Destructive Examination in Hamilton, Ontario.  She currently holds Canadian General Standards Board NDT certifications in the following methods: Level 2 Liquid Penetrant, Level 2 Magnetic Particle, Level 2 Eddy Current, Level 1 Ultrasonic, Level 1 Radiography and Level 1 X-Ray Fluorescence.  Capt Schrauwen has been with KF Aerospace for 14 years and continues to enjoy working in the Aviation Industry.

Capt Schrauwen began her cadet career, at the age of 12, with our very own 223 Red Lion Squadron.  She found a love for aviation within the cadet program and achieved her Glider Pilot’s License in 1996 and her Private Pilot’s License in 1997 through the cadet Flying Scholarship Programs.  Capt Schrauwen left 223 Red Lion Squadron in May of 1998 to become a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC), attached to Regional Cadet Air Operations (RCAOps).  She worked as a Glider Pilot Instructor during the summer months for the Regional Gliding School (P), at CFB Comox, from 1998-2001.  Capt Schrauwen held such positions as Flight Commander and Check Pilot. 

Throughout her entire CIC career, Capt Schrauwen always returned to work 223 Red Lion Squadron acting as a Ground School Instructor and Volunteer Officer.  In 2007, she returned to 223 Red Lion Squadron full time, in the position of Deputy Commanding Officer.  From 2008-2012 she served as Commanding Officer of 223 Red Lion Squadron.  Capt Schrauwen plans to continue working with 223 Red Lion Squadron as the Administration Officer.

Capt Schrauwen received her Canadian Forces Decoration in October of 2010 and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her service to the Air Cadet program and to 223 Red Lion Squadron.

Training Officer

2Lt. AJ Devine

2Lt. Devine is a training officer and range coach.

Training Officer

OCdt Lynn Algra

Lynn Algra, Biathlon training

Training Officer

OCdt Trevor Rossner

Trevor Rossner

Supply

Melanie Chatterton

Melanie Chatterton
Sherisse Cross