|Lee County Squadron holds End of School Year Banquet|
The friends, family and honored guests of members from the Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron were treated to a year-end potluck dinner to celebrate the challenging work and fun exploration that is a part of life as a Civil Air Patrol cadet.
The banquet was held on May 17, 2018 in the media center of Gulf Middle School to highlight the success of a year of academic study, discussions about moral character, physical fitness training, drill pad exercises and field training -- including search and rescue and bivouac skill development.
The Lawrence Kearny Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution was represented at the event by Dinah Osborne, Vice Reagent, and Anne McGuire, Regent. presented the Distinguished Citizen Medal to Lt Col Jim Spieth and Major Nancy Spieth for their years of dedicated effort work to support the squadron, school, community and most importantly, the youth of Lee County.
A record number of promotions and awards presented at this year’s banquet.
Promotions recognized at the dinner were:
Volunteer service is one of CAP’s four core values. In addition to their focus on advancement through the program, the cadets support in local community events. This year’s activities included Aviation Day at Page Field, local Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies and other events where the squadron honor guard provided color guard services.
On May 23rd, the color guard presented the colors for Military Appreciation Diner for Araba Shrine in Fort Myers. The cadets served the Nobles and Ladies a BBQ dinner. The Shriners provided tips to assist in the cadets attending Summer Encampment. On Memorial Day the color guard presented colors at the Cape Coral Military Museum in Cape Coral. The final color guard event was for the Gulf Middle School 8th Grade Awards Ceremony held at Ida Baker High School, in Cape Coral.
The Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron is one of two school-sponsored squadrons in southwest Florida.
V.I.P. guests included Lt Col Jim Spieth, Commander, FL 816; Lt Col Jim Kaletta, Commander, Group 5 Headquarters; C/Lt Col Mekhela Hicks, Chairperson, Cadet Advisory Council. Also, in attendance, the parents and friends “who lend us their loved ones for two hours, once a week during the school year”. The chicken and ribs for the banquet were donated by Lt Col. Roger Borg, CAP. The parents of cadets provided side dishes.
“I am really proud of these cadets,” said former commander, Major Nancy Spieth. “Congratulations to everyone! These promotions and awards are well deserved.”
|Award Ceremony Brings The School Year To A Close|
Venice’s school squadron, Student Leadership Academy, presented its end of year awards with acknowledgement and appreciation for the dedicated Civil Air Patrol cadets, senior members and aerospace education members at the Student Leadership Academy middle school.
The award ceremony began with the last promotions of the school year, recognizing adet Airman 1st Class Sanchez, Cadet Airman Smith and Cadet Airman Staniszewski. The squadron presented certificates of appreciation to its color guard, and 8th graders who had participated in the Civil Air Patrol class all three years of their middle school career. Emergency Services awards were presented to Cadet Senior Airman Hays, Cadet Master Sgt. Cruz and Cadet Master Sgt. Merlino for obtaining emergency services qualifications above and beyond their fellow cadets.
Among the most prestigious award recipients were Cadet Airman 1st Class Allis, Cadet Master Sgt. Merlino, and Squadron Commander Captain Kirsten. Exhibiting his commitment to the core value of community service, Cadet Airman 1st Class Allis received the CAP Community Service and three devices. His award represents selfless service in the excess of 200 community services hours. Cadet Master Sgt. Tori Merlino received the Air Force Association award for excellence for her extensive dedication to aerospace education and military training. For the squadron commander’s nine-year leadership at the school squadron, commendable teaching of aerospace education and military excellence, Capt. Madeline Kirsten was presented with two southeast region awards; Aerospace Education Teacher of the year and Aerospace Education member of the year.
The final awards were certificates of appreciation to the two teacher members of the school squadron; Aerospace Education members, Jenna Hawks and Tessa Healy, who selflessly promoted aerospace education instruction, encouragement, and support whenever called upon by the squadron.
Deputy Commander, Lt. Bouchane noted that “the cadets who choose to participate in our Civil Air Patrol school squadron are a different type of students; the type of students who defy the common perception and actions of ordinary youth.” The Civil Air Patrol school squadron is a demanding and engaging unit that challenges young students to find greatness at a young age.
C/MSgt Tori Merlino. was the recipient of the Air Force Association Award for Excellence. (photo credit: Capt. M. Kirsten)
C/MSgt Merlino, C/SrA Hays and C/MSgt Cruz received certificates for their dedication to one of CAP's primary missions, Emergency Services. (photo credit: Capt. M. Kirsten)
|SRQ Squadron Hosts Open House to Attract New Members|
The Civil Air Patrol SRQ Composite Squadron held an open house and welcomed more than 25 new visitors.Cadet members were on hand to talk with visitors and provide a young adult perspective on the positive effects of the cadet experience and how the cadet program helps grow better citizens.
The cadets escorted the visitors through the displays, answered many questions and made several presentations to the visitors: Cadet Commander Cadet 1st Lt. Yong spoke about cadet life and the many activities cadets participate in, such as field trips, weekend training activities and orientation aircraft rides. Cadet Cadet Master Sgt. Bowditch discussed aerospace education using the circular wing model airplane, the history, operation, and the construction of the model planes. Cadet Cadet Airman First Class Moore and Cadet Cadet Senior Airman Radcliffe gave a presentation about emergency services and the equipment used to find Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT). An outside demonstration was given by two teams to locate an ELT with a prize given to the winning team. Captain Kozloski, Deputy Commander of Cadets, made a presentation to the parents about the Civil Air Patrol program benefits.
The evening concluded with a promotion ceremony for the cadets providing the visitors insight into another aspect of cadet life.
After the event, Cadet Cadet Senior Airman Nepomuseno stated, “The cadets were able to have fun by participating in activities and trying things they have never done before. The visitors expressed their interest in joining.”
"All in all, the open house was considered a success and was enjoyed by all."
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|Change of Command At Charlotte County Cadet Unit|
At the recent cadet meeting of the Civil Air Patrol’s Charlotte County Composite Squadron, Cadet Captain Samuel Greisiger was welcomed as the squadron's new Cadet Commander. The Change of Command is a time honored military ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander and is one of the most formal ceremonies conducted.
In addition, Greisiger earned the prestigious Amelia Earhart award -- given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program, along with a promotion to the rank of cadet captain. Cadets must pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory. In addition, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam, and lead moral leadership discussions. Only three percent of the 22,000 CAP cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award.
When asked how he felt about this particular achievement,Greisiger responded, “It feels really good. I’ve been working on it for a long time.”
Currently in his junior year of high school, Greisiger has his sights on the Naval, Air Force or Coast Guard Academy with focus on engineering and aviation. He is actively working on his private pilot certificate and will be attending the CAP Cadet Officer School this summer.
Charlotte County Squadron Commander, Major Gerald Lewis, presented the award to Greisiger. "Cadet Greisiger is an extremely focused, goal-oriented cadet who continues to strive for excellence; he already has his next milestone in sight."
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