The new Cayman Island Cadet Corps headquarters was officially opened at Middle Road in George Town earlier this month.

The new HQ, near the Chrissie Tomlinson Doctors Hospital, will serve as a base for volunteers and be used by adult training and volunteer organizations.

The site is the first permanent headquarters that the Corps has had since Hurricane Ivan 12 years ago.

The Cadet Corps had been using Bodden Town Civic Centre since 2013.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication was held at the new headquarters on April 6, during which government officials and staff, parents and cadets toured the facility.

The Ministry for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports funded the project, which involved extensive renovation work that was project managed by the Public Works Department.

According to a government press release, the building contains meeting rooms, storage areas for Corps equipment, and a kitchen.

Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sport Osbourne Bodden welcomed the Cadet Corps to its new location.

He described the Cadet Corps as one of the strongest youth organizations in creating positive, community-minded citizens.

Minister Bodden added that he looked forward to the time when the Cadet Corps could have its own parade grounds.

Commandant Lt. Col. Bobeth O’Garro said that since moving to the new premises, the Corps has had more visits from officers, parents and cadets than it had in the past four years while in Bodden Town.

The facility will also be used for conducting leadership training, as well as online learning for classes such as First Aid and diving, Lt. Col. O’Garro added.

“Among the next strategic goals that the Corps is looking to achieve are a training facility with a parade square, training rooms, dorms and a new bus,” the press release stated.

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