Cadet commandant hangs up his hat

A church service was held recently to mark the retirement of Col. Phillip H. Hyre, Commandant of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, at the First Assembly of God Church.

All the cadets, cadet staff and volunteer officers were present to pay tribute to Mr. Hyre’s dedication and vision as a leader, and his achievements during the last seven years.

MLA for Bodden Town, Osbourne Bodden, gave a message from the Cayman Islands Government, but first spoke a few words of his own, stating that he had known Mr. Hyre personally over several years, and counted him as one of his friends.

Mr. Bodden then read a message, on behalf of The Leader of Government Business, who, unfortunately, could not attend.

During the service, the congregation was treated to a special dance by the praise dancing troupe, Soldiers of the Light.

There was also a special musical tribute from Sgt. Ian Lavine, of the RCIPS.

Mr. Hyre paid tribute to the staff, volunteers and parents who had helped make the success of the Cadet Corps possible

Mr. Hyre, said there were many examples where teachers and parents have reported that their usually inattentive or badly behaved child had shown remarkable improvement at home and in the classroom.

‘We have certainly watched Cadets who were normally undisciplined, change. We have seen them move from being disruptive to the person giving and following orders,’ he said.

‘I have seen some cadets who were normally introverts become extraverts with a pool of friends’

Speaking about his hopes and plans for the future, Mr. Hyre said:

‘Although I am retiring from the Civil Services I will continue to be involved in the Cadet Corps as a Volunteer. This will be done locally and internally, as I was selected as the 2nd Vice president of the Army Cadet Exchange (ACE) program. The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps was the first Caribbean island that was accepted into the ACE programme.’

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