Civil Air Patrol promotes, decorates cadets

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Pictured Left to Right – Back Row: C/CMSgt Justin Townsend, C/Amn Jesse Fox Garon, Left to Right – Front Row: C/Amn Ezra James, Cadet Christian Gallo and Squadron Cadet Leader 2dLt Janelle Townsend.

On Monday, April 22, 2019 the Ascension Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol promoted and awarded various cadets in the Squadron. Cadets promoted and their current grade were Justin Townsend, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant and Jesse Fox Garon, Cadet Airman.

Two cadets also received an award for their 1st  Orientation Flight in Civil Air Patrol. Those cadets were Cadet Airman Ezra James and Cadet Christian Gallo. These flights were taken on Saturday April 20, 2019 and were flown by Squadron Commander Major Phil Smith.

CMSgt Justin Townsend is in the 9th grade and attends Gonzales Baptist Academy. Cadet Airman Jesse Fox Garon is in the 10th  grade and attends Episcopal High in Baton Rouge. Cadet Airman Ezra James is in the 8th grade and is home schooled. Cadet Christian Gallo is in the 9th grade and attends Dutchtown High.

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 Captain Ken Best, CAP