Fruit Cove Cadets Graduate from Hawk Mountain SAR School
Friday, July 28, 2017

By Maj. Dennis Maloney, Public Affairs Officer, Fruit Cove Cadet Sq.

ST. JOHNS, Fla. - Four cadets from Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron (SER-FL-171) – C/CMSgt Max Abreu, C/TSgt Sam Schoenherr, C/SMSgt Spencer Charles, and C/CMSgt Benjamin Uy – recently graduated from Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School in Kempton, Pa., after a challenging and rigorous week of training.

The cadets followed a squadron tradition that has sent members to the popular National Cadet Special Activity conducted by PAWG every summer since the unit was started three years ago.

“Our cadets absolutely enjoy going there,” said Squadron Commander Capt. Al Uy. “They seem to like the thrill and confidence that they get from the experience.”

For Cadet Abreu, it meant a return to Hawk Mountain for a third year but his first as a staff member. “This was a real opportunity for me to share my experience and knowledge with the basics,” he recalled.

“I am very proud that Max served on the Hawk Mountain staff,” added Capt. Uy. “He has shown so much maturity since attending the school along with improving his leadership skills. He was really a great representative for our squadron and FLWG.”

The Fruit Cove cadets came away from Hawk Mountain with lots of memories.

Cadet Charles learned many new skills, including rappelling. “That was my favorite activity,” he remembers. “Somehow I was able to relax and fall down a 168 foot tall tower.”

“I had to call on lots of mental and physical strength when they put us through some vigorous courses,” said Cadet Uy. “But I made it.”

Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron members C/SMSgt Spencer Charles, C/TSgt Sam Schoenherr, and C/CMSgt Benjamin Uy are all smiles at Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School (Photo by Capt. Al Uy).
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Photo Caption:  Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron members C/SMSgt Spencer Charles, C/TSgt Sam Schoenherr, and C/CMSgt Benjamin Uy are all smiles at Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School (Photo by Capt. Al Uy).
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Reviewed by: Maj. Dennis Maloney
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 2
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