Civil Air Patrol squadron stays busy during December
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:03 pm
The Everett-Stewart Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol has had a busy December.
The month started with a local celebration for Civil Air Patrol’s 70th anniversary of service to the United States.
Cadet members received promotions and awards during the ceremony. Those promoted included c/Technical Sgt. Auriel Brock of Greenfield, c/Staff Sgt. William Thralls of Union City and c/Airman William Clayton of Newbern.
Brock attained the Eddie Rickenbacker award, which is the fourth achievement of the Cadet programs. Thralls acquired the Wright Brothers award, the third achievement in the Cadet Programs. Clayton achieved the John Curry award, which is the first achievement for the Cadet Programs.
In addition to the cadet awards, senior members who received awards included Cpt. Sylvia Mallard of Martin — the Grover Loening award, which is the third level of achievement in the Senior Programs of Civil Air Patrol; 2nd Lt. Stan Mitchell of Troy — the Benjamin O. Davis Award, the second level of achievement in the Senior Programs; and 2nd Lt. John Lester — Civil Air Patrol pilot wings.
Unit cadet and senior members of the Tennessee Wing attained the National Commander’s Unit Citation between April 1 and July 31. The National Commander’s Unit Citation is one of the highest awards achieved in the Civil Air Patrol.
Ten-year-old Destiny Hazelwood also received a certificate of appreciation for her personal service to the local unit. She is very active in the squadron’s activities even though she is not old enough to join.
Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron had orientation rides on Dec. 10 for the cadet members.
Major Carlos Ortiz of Millington was the orientation ride pilot. Those participating included
The following cadets that participated in the orientation rides on Saturday were Brock, Thralls, c/Technical Sgt. Justin Mealer of Greenfield, c/Airman Anthony Clark of Mayfield, Ky., c/Airman Basic Mikaela Sims and c/Airman Basic Chase Sims, both of Union City, and c/Airman Basic Samuel Ward of Martin. Each cadet had the opportunity to ride in the front seat of a single-engine Cessna airplane.
The cadet orientation flight program shares the thrill of flying with cadets. Every CAP cadet younger than age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. Flying is always free to cadets. Because survey data has repeatedly shown that the No. 1 reason youth become CAP cadets is an interest in flying, to motivate cadets, they are flown regularly.
The unit’s Christmas party was held at the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport on Saturday.
The pre-party activity included a planning session for the upcoming year. Unit members will begin the new year with the squadron’s first anniversary on Jan. 15. To commemorate this occasion, the unit will have a ceremony and open house on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Christmas party consisted of a small luncheon and a “Secret Santa” gift exchange. The following squadron members were in attendance: Mallard, Mitchell, Brock, Thralls, Ward Anthony Clark, Mikaela Sims, Chase Sims, Cpt. Chuck Young of Murray, Ky., 2nd Lt. Camilla Young of Murray, 2nd Lt. Jon Clark of Mayfield, 2nd Lt. Diane Featherston of Sharon, 2nd Lt. Terry Siglow of Union City, 2nd Lt. Lisa Cook of South Fulton, Flight Officer Matthew Rego of Mayfield, Senior Member Jaclyn Cook of South Fulton, c/Airman First Class Kurt Goudey of Dresden and c/Airman Basic Hannah Ward of Martin.
If anyone is interested in joining the local Civil Air Patrol squadron, they may contact Cpt. Sylvia Mallard at (731) 514–7253. Published in The Messenger 12.20.11