Cadet Airman Cenal Recognized For Public Assistance Efforts At Air Fest 2018
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL -
“I can’t find my mom” said one very distressed young boy to Cadet Airman
Nadia Cenal at Air Fest 2018. Cenal’s training and mission briefing kicked in
and she escorted the youngster to the Lost and Found Unit operated by The Tampa
Police Department and The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “He was very
distressed and upset” stated Cenal. She assured the youngster to not worry and that
mom would be there soon. The officers at the Lost and Found Unit entertained
the youngster with mom arriving quickly. The mother had spoke to a pilot
momentarily when the youngster stepped away. With the large crowd size, he
became disoriented and moved further away thinking he was returning to his
mother. A spectator pointed out the distressed youngster to Cenal. Later that
evening, Cenal was given an award for her efforts by Activity Commander Major
Joe Mora. CAP is big in the Cenal family with Cadet Cenal joined by her two
sisters, who are triplets and her brother, all members of the MacDill Cadet Squadron.
With this many family members in CAP, a special thanks goes out for the
parental support in keeping the Cenal Family Mission Base humming smoothly.
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