Civil Air Patrol

Col Sac Composite Squadron cadet promoted to grade few achieve in Civil Air Patrol

Photo by Major Cheryl Carroll – Cadet Major Ryan Gertgen receives his new grade from Major Rose Hunt, Wisconsin Wing vice-commander during the special promotion ceremony.

Sauk City, Wis. – Cadet Ryan Gertgen was recently promoted to Cadet Major in a special ceremony at a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron meeting held in the National Guard Armory.  Special guest Major Rose Hunt, vice-commander for Wisconsin Wing, made the presentation and promotion to Cadet Major Gertgen.

Gertgen joined the CAP in April 2005 and currently serves as the cadet commander for the Col Sac Composite Squadron. He directs cadet staff officers, establishes plans and procedures to accomplish policies established by the unit commander and coordinates cadet staff activities.

He was a student at UW Baraboo and leaves this August to attend Air Force basic training.

Less than 5 percent of all cadets in CAP will earn the grade of Cadet Major.  Cadets participate in a structured program through group and individual activities.  The program encompasses 16 achievement levels that include aerospace education, physical training, leadership and moral and ethical values.

Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased cadet rank, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and an opportunity for flight and academic scholarships.

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