Cadet Captain Crum earns Earhart Award
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

By Capt. Ron Ogan, Mississippi

Mississippi -

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.

(L-R) Maj Charles Shields, Col Rebecca Tilton, Cadet Captain Joseph Crum receiving the award from Wing Commander Col Hank Rogers, and Col Mallory Woodcock.
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Photo Caption:  (L-R) Maj Charles Shields, Col Rebecca Tilton, Cadet Captain Joseph Crum receiving the award from Wing Commander Col Hank Rogers, and Col Mallory Woodcock.
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