Change of Command At Charlotte County Cadet Unit
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Pictured at FL051 change of cadet command ceremony in May 2018: left to right: New Cadet Commander C/Capt Samuel Greisiger, Squadron Commander Maj Gerald Lewis, Former Cadet Commander C/1st Lt Cooper Whitten, and C/SMSgt Autumn Rhodes as flag bearer.

By 2nd Lt. Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer, Charlotte County Composite Sqn

At the recent cadet meeting of the Civil Air Patrolís Charlotte County Composite Squadron, Cadet Captain Samuel Greisiger was welcomed as the squadron's new Cadet Commander. The Change of Command is a time honored military ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander and is one of the most formal ceremonies conducted.

In addition, Greisiger earned the prestigious Amelia Earhart award -- given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program, along with a promotion to the rank of cadet captain. Cadets must pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory. In addition, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam, and lead moral leadership discussions. Only three percent of the 22,000 CAP cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award.

When asked how he felt about this particular achievement,Greisiger responded, ďIt feels really good. Iíve been working on it for a long time.Ē 

Currently in his junior year of high school, Greisiger has his sights on the Naval, Air Force or Coast Guard Academy with focus on engineering and aviation. He is actively working on his private pilot certificate and will be attending the CAP Cadet Officer School this summer.

Charlotte County Squadron Commander, Major Gerald Lewis, presented the award to Greisiger. "Cadet Greisiger is an extremely focused, goal-oriented cadet who continues to strive for excellence; he already has his next milestone in sight."

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Reviewed by: 2nd Lt. Donna Jablonski
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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