Civil Air Patrol Cadet receives Highest Honor from Air Force’s Highest Officials
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, Group 800 on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Author: Florida Wing Public Affairs.

Photo: Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III, Cadet Colonel Jeremy King and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James
1st Lt Curtis Hooks and Captain Patricia King

Civil Air Patrol Cadet receives Highest Honor from Air Force’s Highest Officials

Cadet Colonel (C/Col) Jeremy A. King has recently received the General Carl A. Spaatz award. This is the highest achievement a cadet may reach in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet program. An achievement reached by less than two percent of cadets entering the program.

The award was presented during the Gala at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Expo in Orlando. Adding to the prestige of the evening C/Col King received his award from General Mark Welsh III Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James. These are the two highest leaders within the Air Force Chain of Command. C/Col King was also presented with highly esteemed challenge coins from both General Welsh and Secretary James which he described as being “awesome beyond words.” In addition, King had the opportunity to talk with General Welsh, Secretary James and other USAF and AFA leaders. “It was the memory of a lifetime,” he said, “and I am so grateful to all who made it possible.”

Adding further to the evenings honors were that fact that also present in his role as Central Florida Air Force Association Chairman was Ken Kelly, the second ever recipient of the Spaatz award, and Announcer for the evening Ken Goss, Spaatz award recipient number thirty-Nine.

C/Col King’s journey to this honor began in June of 2009 when he joined the Polk County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. Here he quickly fell into the cadet lifestyle and especially enjoyed serving with CAP at community aviation events such as Sun’n’Fun, MacDill Airfest, and Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom tours. He moved through his leadership development and promotions as well to develop himself as a leader, serving in many leadership roles in his squadron, group and at the wing level. On the Emergency Services (ES) side of the house, he received training and got qualified as a ground team member (GTM), flight line supervisor (FLS), skills evaluator (SET) and Mission Scanner (MS) on the air crew.

Upon becoming a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, he participated in the International Cadet Air Exchange (IACE) program where he was selected to be a Cadet Ambassador to Israel. Unfortunately because of world events that trip was cancelled. Not to be deterred he served as a Cadet Ambassador for exchange cadets coming here to Florida.

This is a mere snapshot of the cadet career that has culminated with this award.

C/Col King now continues to serve the Civil Air Patrol as a Senior Member in the grade of Captain.


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Cadet Awarded Gen. Ira C. Eaker Achievement
Filed under Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Author: Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

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By C/2d Lt Brianna McDonald, Marianna Composite Squadron

Marianna, FL. February 07, 2015 was a big day for Cadet Jacob Watford, who was rewarded for all his hard work in the Civil Air Patrol program. He was presented with the General Ira C. Eaker Award and promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. C/Lt. Col. Watford is the first in the Marianna Composite Squadron to ever be awarded this achievement.

 

C/Lt. Col. Watford has been in the CAP program for more than five years and in that time he has been to 10 Encampments and two Special Activities. He is currently the Cadet Commander of the Marianna Composite Squadron and Chairman of Group 1 Cadet Advisory Council.

 

The Ira Eaker award is named in honor of General Ira C. Eaker who was a general in the Army Air Force during World War II. This is the fourth milestone in the cadet program. The award is earned for completion of all sixteen achievements. Only about 2 percent of all cadets receive this award.

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Marianna Cadet earns Billy D Mitchell Award
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Author: Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

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The Marianna Composite Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol presented the General Billy Mitchell Award to Cadet Brianna C. McDonald in a ceremony February 07, 2015 and promoted her to the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt).

                                                                

C/2d Lt McDonald was appointed the Squadron Cadet Flight Commander on November 01, 2014 and the Cadet Public Affairs Officer on February 07, 2015. She has been a member of CAP for two and one half years and is an active member of the squadron's ground team. She attended the Florida Wing 2013-2014 Winter Encampment. She is a member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievements in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Lt McDonald is a member of the National Honor Society.

 

The General Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone award which is earned after completing the first eight achievements in the CAP cadet program. This award honors the late Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.

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Cadet Achievements
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Author: Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo:  Cadet Jesus Valente Hernandez with the Squadron Commander, 1st Lt. Melanie Blakeley and the Emergency Services Officer, Capt. Raymond J. Weidner.

Cadets Briar Conrad Jones and Jesus Valente Hernandez of the Marianna Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol completed CAP’s first achievement, named for Major General John F. Curry, CAP’s first national commander. Gen Curry’s tenure coincided with the early days of WWII, a time when ordinary citizens were searching for ways to help the war effort.

With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state and local levels and the US Air Force, the CAP cadet program has been developed as a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.

This structured program is divided into 16 segments called achievements, involving study and performance in the five program areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships. Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade. For their efforts the cadets were promoted to Cadet Airman (C/Amn).


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Cadet Briar Conard Jones with his mother, Laura Jones.


Cadet earns Earhardt Award
Filed under Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1 on Monday, February 16, 2015 by Author: Capt Staten Corbett, Marianna Composite Squadron, Florida Wing.

Photo:  C/Capt Blakeley and C/Lt. Col. Watford

Marianna, FL. The Marianna Composite Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol presented the Amelia Earhart Award to Cadet Alyson E. Blakeley in a ceremony February 07, 2015 and was promoted to the rank of Cadet Captain (C/Capt).

 

C/Capt Blakeley was appointed the Squadron Cadet Deputy Commander on November 01, 2014 and the Florida Group 1 Cadet Advisory Council (GCAC) Assistant on January 06, 2015. She joined CAP November 03, 2011 and is very active in the squadron’s ground and emergency service teams. She completed the Camp Dodge-Johnston, Iowa Encampment and the Civil Air Patrol Engineering Technologies Academy (E-Tech) a week-long summer camp for the Civil Air Patrol at Auburn University in Alabama. C/Capt Blakeley also completed the three CAP Operation Risk Management and the Basic Instructor on-line courses. She is a member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievements in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. C/Capt Blakeley is a member of her high school Honor Roll Society and duel enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  

 

The Amelia Earhart Award is the third milestone award which is earned after completing the first eleven achievements in the CAP cadet program and receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award. Perhaps no name is as symbolic of aerospace achievement as Amelia Earhart. In 1928, she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air.

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