Waukesha Squadron welcome Senator Vukmir to CAP
The Waukesha Composite Squadron officially welcomed Senator Leah Vukmir into the Civil Air Patrol Legislative Squadron on August 25 during a ceremony at the Waukesha National Guard Armory. Colonel Rose Hunt, Wisconsin Wing commander, and Major Scott Schuman, squadron commander, presented Senator Vukmir with her Civil Air Patrol membership card, Certificate of Membership plaque, and the honorary rank of Major.
During her visit Senatork Vukmir presented Cadet Colonel Olga Boukhvalova with the General Ira C. Eaker Award. This award represents the end of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Less than one percent of all CAP cadets earn the presitigous award. The award’s namesake, General Eaker, was the architect of the Allied bombing campaign in the European Theater during World War II. Cadets who earn the Eaker Award become eligible to attempt CAP’s highest cadet award, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. Recently Cadet Colonel Boukhvalova attempted that award and earned it on her first attempt. This award brings with it the grade of Cadet Colonel, which Senator Vukmir and Colonel Hunt promoted Cadet Boukhvalova to.
Senator Vukmir serves as the Assistant Majority Leader in the State Senate where she represents the Fifth Senate District. Vukmir also serves as the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and its on the highly regarded Joint Finance Committee, the Education Committee, and the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees. Previously, Vukmir served four terms in the state Assembly.
The Senator’s Chief of Staff, Jessica Ward, will be joining the Civil Air Patrol as well.
Also, Senator Leah Vukmir and Colonel Rose Hunt presented the rank of Colonel to Cadet Commander Olga Boukhvalova. The rank of Colonel is the highest rank in the CAP cadet program.
Article by 1st Lt Natalie Boukvhalova