Civil Air Patrol

General Margaret Bair promotes Walco Cadets

Photo by 2nd Lt. Joseph S. Geldermann – Jim Nance, proud father of Cadet Brandon Nance, assists Brigadier General Margaret Bair in positioning the shoulder boards which represent Nance’s new rank of Cadet Captain.

Elkhorn, Wis. – Cadet Captain Brandon Nance of Delavan, cadet deputy commander for Civil Air Patrol’s Walco Composite Squadron, was granted the distinct privilege of receiving the Amelia Earhart Award from Brigadier General Margaret H. Bair of Fontana on Thursday, September 6 at the squadron’s headquarters in Elkhorn.

General Bair serves as the Chief of Staff for the Wisconsin Air National Guard and is also the commander of the Headquarters Air Staff and principal adviser to Wisconsin’s assistant adjutant general for air.

In achieving this milestone, Cadet Nance has joined the elite five percent of CAP cadets nationwide to earn the Earhart Award.  This makes him eligible to apply to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange program, as well as enjoy the benefits gained from earning the General Billy Mitchell Award.

Cadet Grant J. Delene of Elkhorn earned the CAP’s General Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant.  Delene is now eligible to apply for CAP special activity opportunities and flight and academic scholarships as well as receive advanced credit in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.     .

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant William Seth Maclay of Williams Bay received the Neil Armstrong Ribbon.  The Armstrong Ribbon represents completion of the first of two major requirements to earn the General Billy Mitchell Award.

Cadets Sarah Burmesch of Burlington, Quentin Los and Seth Voisin, both of Elkhorn, received their Wright Brothers Awards and were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant.  The Wright Brothers Award represents completion of the Learning Phase of the cadet program.  These cadets will begin service as cadet non-commissioned officers and continue to participate and advance as cadets in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol.

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