Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing cadets earn solo and pre-solo wings at National Flight Academy

 Taken by Lt. Col. Denese Helgeland – Lt. Col. Marcia Cunningham, Wisconsin Wing chief of staff – missions and National Flight Academy director, with the Wisconsin Wing cadets: 1st Lt. Roman Ruud, SMSgt Cody Kuether, Capt. Jennifer Pitz, CMSgt Zachary Marek and 1st Lt. Zachary Pedersen.


Taken by Lt. Col. Denese Helgeland – Lt. Col. Marcia Cunningham, Wisconsin Wing chief of staff – missions and National Flight Academy director, with Wisconsin Wing cadets 1st Lt. Roman Ruud, SMSgt Cody Kuether, Capt. Jennifer Pitz, CMSgt Zachary Marek and 1st Lt. Zachary Pedersen.

Oshkosh, Wis. – Attending Civil Air Patrol’s 2013 National Flight Academy at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, five Wisconsin cadets soloed or pre-soloed in one of CAP’s Cessna 172 airplanes. Cadets from around the country descended on the CAP buildings for nine days of flight training this past week.

The following Wisconsin cadets earned their solo wings:

  • Cadet First Lieutenant Roman Ruud, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5
  • Cadet First Lieutenant Zachary Pederson, Eau Claire Composite Squadron
  • Cadet Captain Jennifer Pitz, West Bend Composite Squadron

The following Wisconsin cadets earned their pre-solo wings:

  • Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Cody Kuether, Fox Cities Composite Squadron, Appleton
  • Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Zachary Marek, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5

Lieutenant Colonel Marcia Cunningham, Wisconsin Wing chief of staff – mission support and director of the academy for the past 13 years, said that a total of 11 cadets were able to return to their states with their solo wings while 10 earned their pre-solo wings.

Flight instructors from Florida, Iowa, New Jersey and Wisconsin donated their time and expertise to these enthusiastic cadets and helped them obtain their solo or pre-solo wings before returning for home on Monday. 

Cadets from as far as California and Florida participate in the annual national activity and were given 30 hours of ground instruction and 10 hours of dual flight instruction.

The National Flight Academy is only one of many special activities occurring all over the state and nation this summer.  A summer encampment will be held later this month at Volk Field, Camp Douglas, Wis., where cadets will learn leadership and problem solving techniques.  Other national activities include pararescue training, cadet officer’s school and an international cadet exchange program.

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