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Promotions for four Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets

March 15, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Civil Air Patrol cadets at the Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron along with family and friends recognized the achievements of their own members during an awards ceremony scheduled as part of the weekly meeting at Gulf Middle School.

Congratulations go out to Cadet Master Sargent Bella R Viator; Cadet Senior Airmen Joseph A Gingras; Cadet Technical Sargent Tristan K Palmer and Cadet Airmen 1st Class Rachel N. Thomas.

The cadets were promoted for their accomplishments in CAP's cadet program that uses aviation as a cornerstone. In addition to their regular school studies, the cadets must work hard to master the leadership modules in aerospace education and cadet programs.

Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. The Lee County squadron is one of only a few special units attached to a school as part of the extra-curricular programming.

Cadet Thomas also received the Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award for Outstanding Duty Performance at the Florida Wing Winter Encampment held Dec. 27, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016.

"We are very proud! This is the first ever such award in our squadron," said Lt Col Jim Spieth, former Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron unit commander, in a prepared statement.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

Source: Lee County School Cadet Squadron SER FL 816, Gulf Middle School



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