Federal Aviation Administration presents two CAP pilots with prestigious award
Milwaukee, Wis. – A pilot’s mind should always focus on safety as a way to manage the inherent risks that come with flying. Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized two Civil Air Patrol members with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for the professionalism and skill that have allowed these two pilots to maintain safe operations for more than 50 years.
Receiving the recognition were retired Civil Air Patrol member Warren Baumgart and Major Clement Dahlke, currently assigned to the 10th Senior Support Squadron in Milwaukee.
As part of the award, each pilot received a plaque from the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as a “Blue Ribbon Packet” which consists of a bound pilot’s logbook detailing the pilot’s long careers.
Mr. Wesley Hakari, a member of the FAA’s Safety Team, joked that Major Dahlke’s logbook, “read as long as War and Peace.” The spouse of each pilot also received a special pin from the FAA.
For Dahlke, this is his second FAA award for aviation excellence. He was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2011. In his acceptance speech, Dahlke commented, “It’s been a good 59 years, and I would surely do it again.”
On hand to help celebrate the achievement were friends and family of the pilots as well as Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members from the Timmerman Composite Squadron. Both pilots have served Civil Air Patrol for over 40 years.
Baumgart, a skilled World War II pilot, served as a CAP flight instructor for many years after the war. Dahlke served CAP as a flight instructor and oversaw aircraft maintenance.
The two pilots received nominations from fellow aviators who wrote letters of recommendation acknowledging their service. Major Tom Mescher, a pilot for the 10th Senior Support Squadron and master of ceremonies for the ceremony, cited them as “shining examples of what it means to be patriotic volunteers of their community – our area is remarkably better off for all their efforts.”