Civil Air Patrol

Waukesha Squadron recognizes top performers

New Berlin, Wis. – This past Saturday evening the Waukesha Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hosted its annual awards banquet at the VFW Post Hall in New Berlin. The evening featured a look back at the year’s successes as well as recognition of superior performance during 2015.

During the high point of the evening, retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Bill Rheingans, representing the Air Force Sergeants Association and Cory Geisler, President of VFW Post 721, spoke and presented awards to the cadet and adult members who were recognized this year:

  • Cadet Major Olga Boukhvalova received the Cadet of the Year Award
  • Cadet Second Lieutenant Geet Pandya received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cadet Officer of the Year Award
  • Cadet Technical Sergeant Andrew Butsch received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award, was promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant and received the Communications Badge -Technician
  • Cadet Technical Sergeant Chris Schuman received the Air Force Sergeants Association Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award
  • Cadet Second Lieutenant Cassandra Jehly received recognition from the Air Force Association or her achievement in leadership and academic standing
  • Cadet Senior Airman Kayla Smith received the Spark Plug Award from the squadron

Others who received recognition included

  • Cadet Staff Sergeant Lindsay Loohauis was nominated as the Cadet of the Quarter
  • Cadet First Lieutenant Austin Witthun received a device for the Red Service Ribbon, marking 5 years of service in Civil Air Patrol

Cadets receiving promotions included:

  • Cadet David Laabs who promoted to Cadet Airman
  • Cadet Andrew Butsch who promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant
  • Cadet Kayla Smith who promoted to Cadet Senior Airman

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