Stevens Point Cadet Reports for Duty at the Air Force Academy
Stevens Point, Wis. – As the Waldo Canyon Fire raged to the south, Cadet Second Lieutenant Clayton Reid joined the “long blue line” as part of the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2016.
Cadet Reid, a native of Plainfield is a graduate of the Tri-County Area Schools. He joined Civil Air Patrol in 2007 and was a member of the Stevens Point Composite Squadron’s ground team.
He bid farewell to the squadron on June 18. At that last meeting he also received his solo wings from his flight instructor Captain John Thompson. Reid’s first solo flight took place June 6 in Cessna N910CP.
A week after the farewells, Reid was en route to Colorado Springs with his parents, Dan and Marie Reid. Although the wildfire forced them to evacuate the hotel they had been staying in, in processing took place at the Academy as scheduled June 28.
One of 1035 appointees this year, Reid received notification of his acceptance into the Air Force Academy on May 12 via a phone call from Senator Ron Johnson. Less than one in ten applicants is offered admission.
Reid had also been accepted to three other military academies, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis MD, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
Needless to say, the Air Force Academy was his first choice. He wants to study aerodynamics and become an Air Force pilot.
Marie Reid reports that her son is doing well in his first pressure-filled weeks. Although cell phone usage is restricted, cadets can write letters home.
The hardest part for him, she says, is eating while at attention. “It’s hard to get enough to eat,” she said. The cadets put in long days, and always awake the next morning hungry.
Basic Cadet Training will last six weeks and classes with the rest of the Cadet Wing commence August 9.