Civil Air Patrol

Major Lloyd Driessen celebrates 40 years of CAP service

IMG_2116 (1)By 1st Lt Patti Miara

Forty years ago, a small group of civic minded volunteers joined together to form a Civil Air Patrol squadron to serve the Hayward area.  Major Lloyd Driessen counted among those members and recently the members of the Wild River Composite Squadron gathered to honor him and to recognize other award winners.

Major Lloyd Driessen received recognition for being one of the unit’s founding members as well as celebrating his 40th year of service in the Civil Air Patrol.  Driessen played an instrumental role in the unit throughout its history.  He oversaw the construction of the squadron’s facility, taught leadership and mentored cadets, and helped establish emergency communications capabilities throughout northwest Wisconsin.  Jesse Garza, District Director for Congressman Sean Duffy, presented Driessen with a U.S. flag to honor his Civil Air Patrol service.  Major Driessen also received letters and recognition from Governor Scott Walker as well as the mayor of Hayward and from Major General Charles Carr, CAP’s National Commander, and Colonel Clarence Peters, Wisconsin Wing Commander.

After Major Driessen spoke on his Civil Air Patrol experiences, a number of other awards were presented to Wild River squadron members.  Major James Delaney, the Northwest Group Commander, presented the squadron with its Quality Cadet Unit Award.  A Quality Cadet Unit Award means a unit has met at least five of the eleven criteria Civil Air Patrol has established for high-performing cadet units.

Cadet Second Lieutenant William Marucha also received recognition for earning the General Billy Mitchell Award.  Lieutenant Colonel Alan presented the award.  Earning the Mitchell Award requires passing comprehensive leadership and aerospace cadets as well as a physical fitness test.  Only about 30% of Civil Air Patrol cadets earn the award.  The award offers benefits such as eligibility for scholarships and advanced enlistment opportunities in the U.S. Air Force.

Major Andrew Riemer also received recognition for his promotion to Major.  Riemer serves the squadron as its Deputy Commander and also handles a variety of other roles such as aerospace education, finance, and transportation.

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