Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing’s Southeast Group hosts annual Military Ball

Photo by Capt. Jeri Gonwa: Queen and King of the 2012 Military Ball - Cadet 1st Lt. Cassie Martin and Cadet Senior Airman Aaron Frey

Milwaukee, Wis. – The time honored tradition of a Military Ball was hosted by the Civil Air Patrol’s Wisconsin Wing Southeast Group on Saturday at the Milwaukee War Memorial Art Museum in Milwaukee. Over 170 people representing ten squadrons from around the state were in attendance dancing the night away.

Distinguished guests for the evening were Colonel Clarence Peters, wing commander and his wife; Major Rose Kienholz, wing vice-commander, Majors Terry Schmitt, wing director of cadet programs, Nina Schmitt, deputy director of cadet programs – training and development officer, and Donna Daniels, wing drug demand officer.

The host commander was Lieutenant Colonel Julie Sorenson from the Southeast Group with Cadet Master Sergeant Jake Beyer from Waukesha Composite Squadron serving as master of ceremonies.

The Military Ball king and queen for 2012 were Cadet Senior Airman Aaron Frey, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 and Cadet First Lieutenant Cassie Martin, Fox Cities Composite Squadron.

Portraits were taken by Captain Jeri Gonwa, wing public affairs officer, for those wishing to have a memory of the 2012 Military Ball.

The Lieutenant Colonel William Cooper Award was also given out to five cadets. Originally named after a member from Group XII before it became Southeast Wisconsin Group, the award is given to a cadet in each of the group’s squadron who has contributed the most to support their unit.  The cadet’s activity participation, persistence and hard work determine their eligibility. They are not always the highest ranking cadet of the squadron nor are they someone who has been in CAP the longest, but they are the hardest working cadet.

This year’s winners were:

  • Cadet Airman Cody Baker, Racine Composite Squadron and Jamie McGregor, Waukesha Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Senior Airman Quinten Los, Walco Composite Squadron and Christian Ott, Kenosha Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Staff Sergeant Garrett Reeves, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5

Approximately 60 members attending the ball met for dinner at Melrose Restaurant in Oak Creek to continue their fellowship and to unwind from the nights activities after the dance.

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