PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -
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
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.
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."