Punta Gorda, Fla -
At the recent meeting of the Civil Air Patrol’s Charlotte County Composite Squadron, the outgoing Cadet Commander, Captain Samuel Greisiger welcomed Cadet 1st Lieutenant Autumn Rhodes as the new Cadet Commander during the Change of Command Ceremony. The Change of Command is a time honored ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander. It is one of the most formal ceremonies conducted. Thank you to Cadet Captain Greisiger for his past service.
Incoming Cadet Commander 1st Lt Autumn Rhodes is a 2018 Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar and has a distinguished background including: Selection as a “Back to Space” student ambassador where she has spent the last six months teaching preschoolers about space education, a Group 5 Cadet Advisory Council Vice Chair, an EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) volunteer, and plays the French horn and trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. She attends Dunbar Middle School in the talented and gifted program maintaining a 4.0 and all of this is in addition to enhancing her skills in the Civil Air Patrol.
In addition to the time honored Change of Command Ceremony, there were several other distinguished promotions. Cadet Jacob Moss promoted to Airman; Cadet Kevin Grassel promoted to Airman and Cadet Van Collier promoted to Airman 1st Class. Over twenty cadet promotions have occurred during the first half of FY 2019 representing the outstanding dedication, discipline and achievements of this cadet group.