Squadron marks one-year anniversary
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 5:00 pm
The Everett-Stewart Composite Squadron recently celebrated its first-year anniversary as a locally-chartered Civil Air Patrol unit.
The celebration began with an awards ceremony.
The following cadets received awards and promotions: cadet Master Sgt. Justin Mealer of McKenzie was promoted to cadet senior master sergeant and received the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle ribbon; cadet Staff Sgt. William Thralls of Union City was promoted to cadet technical sergeant and received the Eddie Rickenbacker ribbon; and cadet Airman Anthony Clark of Mayfield, Ky., was promoted to cadet airman first class and received the Gen. Hap Arnold ribbon.
The Doolittle award is the seventh, the Rickenbacker award is the fifth and the Arnold award is the second in achievements in the cadet program for cadets, accomplished by passing leadership and aerospace tests, drill, moral leadership and active participation in the unit.
In addition, several cadets received certificates of appreciation for their service to Civil Air Patrol during 2011. They included Mealer, cadet Technical Sgt. Auriel Brock of Greenfield, Thralls, Clark and cadet Samuel Ward of Martin.
The following senior members received certificates of appreciation for their service to the Civil Air Patrol during 2011: Capt. Charlton Young of Murray, Ky., Capt. Thomas Culp of Union City, 2nd Lt. Stan Mitchell of Troy, 2nd Lt. Tony Lester of Union City, 2nd Lt. Camilla Young of Murray, Ky., 2nd Lt. Ronnie Waggoner of Union City, 2nd Lt. Terry Siglow of Union City, 2nd Lt. Chris Gooch, 2nd Lt. Diane Featherston of Sharon, 2nd Lt. Jon Clark of Mayfield, Ky., and senior member Jaclyn Cook of South Fulton.
Also, Cook received the Chuck Yeager award, obtained when a senior member has completed the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM) exam.
Gratitude was also extended to Taylor Totty of Greenfield and Destiny Hazelwood of Dresden, who received certificates of appreciation for assistance to the Everett-Stewart Composite Squadron for the past year.
At the end of the celebration, the cadets had a special opportunity when U.S. Army Warrant Officers (military pilots) flew in from Fort Bragg, S.C., en route to Fort Riley, Kansas. They had come to refuel and showed the cadets around their helicopter — a Kiowa warrior 058dr military helicopter.
The warrant officers discussed and explained the use and mechanics of their military aircraft. It was an amazing helicopter and the warrant officers were very informative about the working the aircraft, a CAP spokesman said.
The local squadron also extended appreciation to the several members who were not able to attend the celebration. They included 2nd Lt. Jo Ann Speer of Kenton, 2nd Lt. David Williford of Sedalia, Ky., 2nd Lt. Mary Williford of Sedalia, 2nd Lt. Lisa Cook of South Fulton, 2nd Lt. Kris Flowers of Troy, 2nd Lt. Laura Howard of Greenfield, flight officer Matthew L. Rego of Mayfield, Ky., cadet Airman 1st Class Kurt Goudey of Dresden, cadet Airman William R. Clayton of Newbern, cadet Airman Basic Mikaela Sims of Union City, cadet Airman Basic Chase Sims of Union City, cadet Airman Basic Tyler LaRue of Martin, cadet Airman Basic April Naught of Martin and cadet Airman Basic Austin Taylor of Sharon. Published in The Messenger 1.27.12