Cadet Kyle Rentmeester takes on role of Cadet Commander in Stevens Point
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Cadet Second Lieutenant Kyle Rentmeester became the new cadet commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Stevens Point Composite Squadron during a special ceremony on Monday, June 17.
Rentmeester, a resident of Wausau, joined Civil Air Patrol in 2010. He received the General Billy Mitchell Award in April of this year. The Mitchell Award is a Civil Air Patrol milestone award that honors Wisconsin native General Billy Mitchell, a proponent of American air power.
He also received recognition during the Wisconsin Wing Color Guard Competition in February as the highest-scoring participant in the written exam portion of the event. The exam tests the knowledge of participants in their aerospace education knowledge.
Rentmeester stated that he wants to serve his fellow cadets by taking on the challenging job. He plans to make recruitment his first priority in order to build up the search and rescue team. He also plans to have Civil Air Patrol become more visible in the public schools.
He believes in education and in keeping himself busy. He started a chess club at his high school and also is also involved in swimming and softball.
The Stevens Point Composite Squadron was chartered in 1985. Rentmeester becomes the fourth cadet commander since the Stevens Point Composite Squadron reactivated its cadet program seven years ago. The outgoing cadet commander, Cadet Major David Feig, will be departing at the end of July to attend the International Air, Land, Emergency Resource Team (ALERT) Academy in Texas.
The squadron is grateful for the leadership provided by Cadet Feig and looks forward to the new directions the cadets will take following their new commander.