Three CAP cadets receive awards, one cadet promoted

Captain Ken Best / Guest Contributor

On Monday, September 30, 2019 the Ascension Parish Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol presented awards to three cadets and promoted one cadet to his current rank.

The Ascension Parish Composite Squadron is comprised of both cadet and senior members and operates out of the Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales.

Three cadets received the Wright Brothers Award for successfully completing Phase 1 of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.  It marks the transition of a Cadet to the non-commissioned Officer status in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant.

Receiving the award were Cadet /Staff Sgt Ethan James, Cadet/Staff Sgt Ezra James, and Cadet/Staff Sgt Jesse Fox Garon.

Cadet/Airman First Class Gabriel Carter was promoted to Cadet Airman 1st Class.

Shown presenting the awards and promotion is Maj. Phil 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.

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