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|Boca Raton Composite Squadron Members Participated in Veterans' Day 2013 Events|
Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol’s Boca Raton Composite Squadron proudly carried the Colors and were featured speakers at several Veterans' Day events. Senior and Cadet squadron members were at the Boca Raton Airport on Saturday November 9th and the Veterans Memorial Park in West Boca Raton the morning of November 11th. On Saturday they worked with the Boca Pilots' Association and on Monday with the Veterans Coalition of South Florida. In addition to color guard duties, the teens delivered patriot speeches they wrote for the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2013 Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen scholarship contests. The theme for the high school Voice of Democracy speech was "Why I’m Optimistic about Our Nation’s Future, and for the middle school Patriot Pen essay the theme was "What Patriotism Means to me."
The Civil Air Patrol members are proud to participate in events such as these that recognize the service and sacrifices of our military. As Cadet Senior Airman Charles Greenman said in his VFW speech, "The American people themselves are perhaps the greatest reason to be optimistic about the future. Our nation was founded on morals and justice. We still hold these morals and a sense of justice close today as demonstrated by our involvement in foreign conflicts, freeing innocent people from tyrannical rule."
Ninth grader, Cadet Airman Christopher Minasian stated "I see the rapid advancements in technology, medicine, and education as just a few reasons why I am hopeful about the forthcoming of our land." Cadet Staff Sergeant Francisco Rivera in his essay said, "Patriotism is one of America’s most promising ideals. It’s considered as being many great thoughts and actions, all wrapped into one simple ideological process." Thirteen years old Cadet Technical Sergeant Nicolas Castillo added, "To me, patriotism is the sole foundation for all America has ever accomplished." Cadet Castillo speaking of the courage of Americans received a rousing applause as he closed his dynamic speech with, "Do not be a patriot for your nation, be a proud citizen of the world. Because when a single man stands for justice, the world will stand behind him."
The squadron's cadet color guard has been expertly trained by Cadet Captain Zackery Macdonald who has attended over 6 weeks of CAP sponsored Honor Guard training with the Presidential Air Force Honor Guard. Cadet Macdonald, a winner of several scholarships in the VFW previous years’ contests, stated "A new era is certainly on the horizon for our great nation. Our continued efforts in military power, financial prominence, and moral tenacity are reasons for me to look on to my nation’s future with optimism." The squadron's Cadet Commander, 2d Lieutenant Johann Douglas is hopeful about our nation's future because he and his young colleagues "are willing to invest in bettering their future early."
Vietnam Veteran and member of VFW Post 10556 Barry Goldin thanked all these cadets for their participation in the VFW scholarship contest and Veterans events, adding “these young people are examples of the fine young responsible citizens programs like the Civil Air Patrol produce.
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|Group 6 Holds Cadet Training Academy|
On the weekend of 16-17 November 2013, Group VI hosted their annual Cadet Training Academy (CTA). The CTA was broken down into two courses. The Airman Leadership School, which is for C/Amn-C/Sr A and the NCO School which is for C/SSgt-C/SMSgt. These courses each had extensive curriculum which provided in-depth knowledge for each cadet member that attended. Topics covered included, Leadership Vs. Follower ship, Role of the NCO, Cadet Programs Regulation Review, and Drill & Ceremonies.
Several members of Group VI committed their time and dedication to staff this event. They spent many hours making and perfecting the curriculum. "My staff really does care about the cadet program which is why I selected them. Without their hard work this activity wouldn't be possible." said C/Maj Kati Lichi, the Cadet Commander of CTA. Colonel Austyn Granville Jr, the Academic Advisor, spent months finalizing the curriculum and working with the staff as well. The instructors included C/Lt Col Logan Gallo, C/Capt. Jesse Wilson, C/1st Lt Iriolexis Encalada, C/2d Lt Jonathan Levin, and C/CMSgt William Ford. Support Staff included Major Jaime Lichi, the Safety Officer, and C/2d Lt Andres Machado, the Public Affairs Officer.
The Senior and Cadet cadre plan to continue working on the curriculum for future CTAs, in order to make sure cadets who attend are getting the most relevant training possible.
|CAP Cadet Receives Highest Scholastic Award|
At a recent Charlotte County Composite Squadron ceremony, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Mikehla Hicks was presented with the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society Award in "Recognition of her Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program".
The significance of this honor is enormous. Since its inception in 1997, some 30,000 cadets were eligible for the award. Of that number, only 377 have qualified with Mikehla being number 376.
Of special note is the fact that our squadron now has four with this award. In addition to Mikehla are: Cadet Capt Ben T. Voll, Cadet Ist Lt Christopher L. Byron, and Cadet Chief Mst Sgt Matthew J. Segarra.
Sgt Hicks started her CAP career when she was 11 years old attending the meetings as a guest of her close friends. On her 12th birthday, she became an official member. In less that 2 weeks, she attended the Curry Camp which earned her first promotion to Cadet Airman. That started her incredible progress through the various requirements of each grade promotion. Now as a 13 year old, she holds the highest cadet non-commissioned officer rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Her next goal is 2nd Lieutenant. No one is betting against her achieving that goal. Her cadet career will end when she gets to be 18 years old. Imagine what she will have accomplished by then.
She holds the radio ICUT rating, which qualifies her to run our ground radio station. She also has an Urban Directional Finding rating to be used in our ground Search and Rescue Missions. She attended Summer Encampment at Camp Blanding, where she volunteered for a staff position as a Flight Sgt. Mikhela also volunteered to represent Charlotte County at the recent VFW-CAP program in Lee County.
Within the squadron she holds the positions of Cadet Administrator, Cadet Flight Sgt and Cadet Public Affairs Officer.
Is a flying career in her future? Could be - she has over 30 hours of flight time with members in their private planes. Reports are she is becoming a fairly skilled pilot. She can't wait to start her official lessons at age 15, solo flight at 16 and get her license at 17. Each cadet gets 5 cadet orientation flights during their careers and she has had 3 to date.
All members, senior and cadet alike, are very proud to have her as a member of CAP and, in particular, Squadron FL - 051. Her success appears to be assured if she "maintains the course". We look forward to watching her progress.