Civil Air Patrol Promotes, Decorates Cadets

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Cadet Airman Evan Shaneyfelt. C/Amn. Shaneyfelt was promoted to his current rank and completed his first orientation flight. Shaneyfelt is 13 years old and attends Runnels School where he is an eighth grader.

On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Ascension Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol promoted and awarded various cadets in the Squadron. Shown in the pictures below are the various cadets and Maj. Phillip Smith, Commanding Officer of the squadron.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually.

CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information.

Contributed by Civil Air Patrol Captain Ken Best