FLWG Group 7 Cadets Present Colors at University Commencement
Sunday, May 13, 2018

By Lt Col Trevor H. Stewart, Opa-Locka Cadet Sq., Florida Wing

Miami Gardens, FL -

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the Civil Air Patrolís Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron provided the color guard for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony of the Florida Memorial University (FMU) in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Founded in 1879 in Live Oak, Florida, as the Florida Baptist Institute and celebrating its 139th anniversary this year, the university presented 320 graduates with bachelor and masterís degrees at the ceremony and commissioned one Air Force ROTC cadet. Of the degrees, seven were for Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and one for Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science. The Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, delivered the Commencement Address.

Since September 2011, FMU has hosted the Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron in its William Lehman Aviation Center and has made its flight simulators available for cadet training on request, and in return, CAP has been supporting the universityís annual commencement exercise, thus forging a symbiotic relationship.

The Civil Air Patrol Color Guard: 
Left to right: Cadet Airman Brandon Bustos, Cadet Technical Sergeant Gabrial Herrera-Diaz, Cadet Airman First Class Carlos Escobar, and Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Kamaritis
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Photo Caption:  The Civil Air Patrol Color Guard: Left to right: Cadet Airman Brandon Bustos, Cadet Technical Sergeant Gabrial Herrera-Diaz, Cadet Airman First Class Carlos Escobar, and Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Kamaritis
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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Trevor Stewart
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Group 7
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