Eau Claire Squadron gains new commander and presents awards
Recently members of the Eau Claire Composite Squadron gathered to recognize outstanding performance as well as welcome their new unit commander. During the event Captain Corey Miller assumed command of the 46 member unit. Miller recently joined the Eau Claire unit after transferring from a Civil Air Patrol squadron at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as the Deputy Commander for Cadets.
Following the change of command ceremony, awards and promotions were presented to a number of members:
- Captain Jan Anderson received the Charles “Chuck” Yeager Award for mastering the adult aerospace education program
- Senior Member Andy Calkins promoted to Second Lieutenant
- Senior Member Alex Kamstra promoted to Flight Officer
- Senior Member Mitchell Lemons promoted to First Lieutenant
- Cadets Chris Ofelt and Keharron Bogstad promoted to Cadet Airman First Class
- Cadets Alex and Lauren Vassios promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
Two members received Achievement Awards presented by the Northwest Group, the command echelon above the Eau Claire Squadron:
- First Lieutenant Thomas Paine received the award for his constant efforts on behalf of the cadets of the Eau Claire based squadron, as well as other units around the state. He provides orientation flights to cadets which helps them experience flight, often for the first time. The award also recognized Paine’s countless hours of commitment and dedication to the Civil Air Patrol.
- Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Lauren Vassios’ award recognized her leadership in the CAP Cadet Program and her commitment to the organization. She has taken extra effort to help other cadets get to training, attended advanced leadership schools, and assumed the role of cadet Public Affairs Officer through her own initiative.
A number of members received Achievement Awards for their commitment and dedication to the squadron:
- Captain Jan Anderson for continuing his work as the unit’s Finance Officer.
- Captain Jon Kamstra for supporting new commanders throughout recent leadership changes.
- Captain Corey Miller for stepping up and filling the role of Squadron Commander.
- Major James Delaney for his constant support of the squadron.
- Cadet Airman Chris Ofelt for his hard work and rapid progression in the Cadet Program.
The following parents received recognition for their hard work and dedication to support their cadet:
- Jim McManus for being there most weeks with his son Cadet Airman First Class Caleb McManus and encouraging him to go outside of his comfort zone and progress as an individual.
- Chuck and Brenda Ofelt who is Cadet Airman Chris Ofelt’s parents who drive him from Turtle Lake to Eau Claire every Thursday so he can be a part of Civil Air Patrol