PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -
Members from the Charlotte County Composite Squadron participant
at the annual Englewood Fly-In held at Buchan Field. The squadron has supported the local high school
aviation program for the past 12 events.
“This was the best attended,” said Maj. Earle Bretz,
FL051 public affairs officer. “There were more varied planes, more attendees
and more planes flying up and down the runways to entertain the folks.”
Bretz said the hours spent telling the CAP story of
success in performing missions for America will reap future benefits. Several potential members stopped by the CAP
display for information.
The Charlotte County Composite Squadron honor guard presented
the colors flags at the 12th Biennial Gathering of Quilts sponsored by the
Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild. Three veterans were recognized for their
service and presented with a gift from the Quilt of Valor Foundation. Over 200
works of quilt-art were on colorful display throughout the Charlotte Harbor
Event and Conference Center.
The members of the color guard, pictured below left to
right: C/A1C Jonathan Hemingway; C/CMSgt Justin McDonald; C/TSgt Autumn Rhodes;
and C/A1C Justin Hemingway. (photo credit; FL051)
Cadets of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron were
recognized in March for achievements in cadet program. Pictured below L to R with
their new rank are: C/2nd Lt Justin McDonald; C/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Gregory; C/Master Sgt. Autumn Rhodes; C/Airman 1st Class Alexandrea Mulvaney; C/Senior Airman Jonathan Hemingway; C/Senior Airman Justin
C/2nd Lt. Justin McDonald earned the Billy Mitchell award which
is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second
phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet
program; cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by
extension, Cadet Officers. The award is given in honor of Maj Gen William
"Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and
military aviation visionary.
C/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Gregory earned the Wright Brothers award
for successfully completing the Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.
It marks the transition of a cadet to the non-commissioned officer status in
the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and accompanies promotion to the grade of
Cadet Staff Sergeant.
While there are many youth-oriented programs in America
today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a
cornerstone. All cadets participate in a
variety of activities, gain rank and increased recognition through the
program. They are challenged in ways
they may not have otherwise had the opportunity. Cadets may complete skill training that makes them eligible to participate in Air Force assigned missions, enjoy orientation flights and
attend encampments, all designed to develop leadership qualities in our youth
with an inspiring vision of the future.