PUNTA GORDA, Fla -
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
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.
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.
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
Bretz added, "She is an excellent role model for what these young adults can achieved through hard work and dedication."
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.
Gerald Lewis, Commander of the Charlotte County Squadron, presented Hicks with
the prestigious award during a recent meeting. “We’re extremely proud of her,”
other cadets were recognized by advancement in grade at the recent cadet
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)