The Earhart Award, which accompanies the promotion to the cadet grade of captain, is the third milestone in the CAP Cadet Program, and is awarded to cadets who have completed 11 of the 16 achievements in the program. Only 5% percent of all cadets nationwide have received this award since it was established in 1964.
The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation’s infancy, and then disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra.
Joseph Crum has been a Civil Air Patrol member since 2014 and currently serves as the Cadet Squadron Commander and is a member of the Color Guard unit. He also is serving as the chairman of the Wing’s Cadet Advisory Council. Crum has participated/staffed in the MS/AL Encampment for the past four years was awarded the “Cadet Officer of Encampment” this past summer. In addition, Joseph has attended NESA as well as CAP’s Supervised Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course where he received the “Best in Blue” award. In 2017, Crum was awarded the Southeast Region Phase II Cadet of the Year, and this past summer, Crum received the Southeast Region Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year.
Joseph is a junior at Madison Ridgeland. MS Academy where he serves as class president and is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Madison County Youth Leadership.