Cadet 1st Lt. Jesse Yong Accepts Command of SRQ Composite Squadron Cadets
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Cadet 1st Lt. Jesse Yong addresses cadets, parents, senor members and guests following the change of command. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)
Sarasota, Fla.--Cadets, parents, guests and senior members attended the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) SRQ Composite Squadron's Cadet Change of Command Ceremony on Monday, 29 May 2017, at The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County.
SRQ Composite Squadron Deputy Commander/Cadets Capt. Ann Marie Kozloski said, “Even though the Change of Command Ceremony is very short, it is a time-honored tradition in the military.” Kozloski honored outgoing commander Cadet Capt. Austin Vore with a plaque and praise for his work over the past year.
In his remarks, Vore reviewed the activities of the squadron during his year as cadet commander and said, "It's been an honor to serve and I hope my leadership has prepared Lt. Yong for his year as commander."
Cadet 1st Lt. Jesse Yong, active in Civil Air Patrol for four years and a member of the winning team of Florida Wing’s Ultimate Cadet Challenge competition, will be a senior at Sarasota Military Academy in the fall. He plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the United States Air Force ROTC program.
Yong said, "When I joined Civil Air Patrol I was definitely a follower, but my membership in CAP has helped build my self-confidence to allow me to be successful in this leadership role." Yong said he most enjoys the activities that CAP offers, meeting new people, and being able to interact with others who share his interests.
CAP’s cadet program introduces young people, from ages 12 through 21, to aviation. Cadets progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 99 members: 58 senior members and 41 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit http://units.flwg.us/fl044.aspx.
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com
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