Eau Claire, Wisconsin –
On January 9th at the National Guard Armory in Eau Claire four Civil Air Patrol cadets received recognition for their achievements in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Cadet Captain Zachary Pederson received the Amelia Earhart Award, Cadet Second Lieutenants Alexander Kamstra and Andrea Miara received the General Billy Mitchell Award and Cadet Staff Sergeant Joshua Kelso received the Wright Brothers Award. Representatives Kathleen Bernier and John Murtha were at the ceremony to help hand out the awards. Other special guests included Wisconsin Wing’s Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, the Northwest Group Commander, Major James Delaney, and the Northwest Group Chaplain, Captain Scott Kirby.
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is based on four progressive phases: the Learning Phase, the Leadership Phase, the Command Phase and the Executive Phase. Cadets receive the Wright Brothers Award at the end of the Learning Phase, the General Billy Mitchell Award at the end of the Leadership Phase and the Amelia Earhart Award at the end of the Command Phase.
Pederson joined Civil Air Patrol at the age of twelve, and now, more than four years later, has grown into a young leader in the program. He has grown in his attention to detail and enjoys inspections and drill; he has become a leader in various positions and has learned different ways to accomplish goals. His major accomplishments includ earning his solo pilot wings, serving as the unit’s Cadet Deputy Commander, and commanding the Honor Flight at this past summer’s annual CAP summer training.
Kamstra joined CAP in January of 2010. Over the past four years his leadership skills developed allowing him to serve as the unit’s Cadet Commander. Besides commanding the unit’s corps of cadets, he has also supported CAP’s search and rescue operations at the annual EAA AirVenture Airshow held in Oshkosh.
Miara joined CAP four years ago at the age of 12. Over the past four years CAP helped her develop into a young leader who works with fellow cadets of all ability levels to help them develop. This past summer she received the Perseverance Award at the Wisconsin Cadet Academy. She participated in search and rescue operations at the EAA AirVenture Airshow and currently serves as the Secretary for the statewide Cadet Advisory Council.
Kelso learned about CAP less than a year ago at the age of 13. Over the past year Kelso learned leadership skills allowing him to take on roles that make him responsible for helping new cadets and developing their skills. This past summer he graduated from Wisconsin Wing’s annual Summer Encampment.
After receiving their awards attendees had the chance to enjoy refreshments including a cake donated by Festival Foods in Eau Claire.
Article and photos by 1st Lt Patti Miara