Charlotte County Cadets earn Distinguished Honors and Promotions
Friday, September 22, 2017
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Major Gerald Lewis presents the General Ira C. Eaker Award to C/Lt. Col. Mikehla Hicks. (CAP Photo)


By SM Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer, Charlotte County Composite Squadron
PUNTA GORDA, Fla--

The cadets of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron continue their hard work of achievement, taking on additional responsibilities and participation in a variety of activities. The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is designed to foster leadership and good citizenship in America’s youth with an emphasis on public service.

“As they earn recognition and gain rank, they are challenged to learn and grow in ways that only the CAP cadet program offers,” said Major Earle Bretz.

Recently, Mikehla Hick received one of CAP’s highest-ranking awards -- the General Ira C. Eaker Award-- and earned her the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, an accomplishment that less than 1% of the approximate 25,000 active cadets will achieve.

The 17 year-old Hicks has been with the Charlotte County Squadron for five years.  Last year, she entered Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School and is currently dual-enrolled at Florida Southwestern College.

Bretz added, "She is an excellent role model for what these young adults can achieved through hard work and dedication."

In 2016, Hicks began working towards earning her private pilot certificate. She has already soloed and plans to have her pilot license before turning 18. Her goal is to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, or other university with a Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Her areas of interest for academic studies include linguistics and political science.

Major Gerald Lewis, Commander of the Charlotte County Squadron, presented Hicks with the prestigious award during a recent meeting. “We’re extremely proud of her,” said Lewis.

Six other cadets were recognized by advancement in grade at the recent cadet meeting.

Pictured from Left to Right: C/CMSgt Tyler Ezzi II, C/1stLt Samuel Greisiger, C/A1C Ian James Wilcox, C/SrAmn Chase Pedigo, C/LtCol Mikehla Hicks, C/SrAmn Autumn Rhodes, C/Amn Elizabeth Gregory. (CAP photo)


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Reviewed by: SM Donna Jablonski
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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