9 Cadets Promote in Gallatin Composite Squadron!
3 Cadets have just advanced to Achievement 1, 2 advanced to Achievement 2, 1 advanced to Achievement 5, 1 Achievement 6, and 2 Cadets have earned the Billy Mitchell Award.
Cadet Basic E. Wallace, Cadet Basic Schwendeman, and Cadet Basic Phillips have earned Achievement 1 and have been promoted to Cadet Airman. This is an important step in any cadet’s career in the Civil Air Patrol, as it is the first step in Phase I: The Learning Phase. Achievement 1 or the Curry Achievement was named after Major General John Francis Curry, the first National Commander of Civil Air Patrol. In order to earn this achievement, cadets had to learn about leadership, drill, and ceremonies, and attempt the physical fitness test.
Cadet Airman Kirchmayr and Cadet Airman Kornachuk have both earned Achievement 2. and have been promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. Achievement 2 or the Hap Arnold Achievement is the second step in Phase I: The Learning Phase. Hap Arnold himself was a World War II aviator. He was one of the few generals who achieved the rank of five-star general. In May 1949, he was named General of the Air Force, the first such commission ever made. In order to earn this achievement, the cadets had to learn more about leadership, aerospace, basic drill, character development, and proper wear of the uniform.
Cadet Technical Sergeant Tusken has earned Achievement 5 and has been promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant. Achievement 5 or the Charles Lindbergh Achievement is the second step in Phase II: The Leadership Phase. Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis." In order to earn this Achievement, cadet Tusken had to learn more about leadership, aerospace, drill and ceremonies, character development, and had to pass a physical fitness test.
Cadet Master Sergeant L. Baldwin has earned Achievement 6 and has been promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. Achievement 6 or the General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement. Gen. Doolittle is famous for commanding the Doolittle raiders that bombed Japan in WWII. Cadet Baldwin had to learn more about leadership, aerospace, drill and ceremonies, character development, and had to pass a physical fitness test.
Because this is the first grade in the Cadet Officer corps, the award is highly sought after and can be difficult to attain. In order to promote, cadets must pass a cumulative exam on eight chapters of leadership and 6 modules of aerospace. Additionally, one must wear the uniform properly according to Civil Air Patrol and Air Force standards, pass a rigorous physical fitness test, and demonstrate personality expectations associated with the grade of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant. Being a Cadet Officer is challenging, only those with the highest character and tireless motivation can achieve this award. Upon becoming a Cadet Officer, one must continue to show superior leadership skills, effective time management, and academic excellence.
Civil Air Patrol, The Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 62,000 members nationwide. CAP’s missions are Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by AFRCC with 155 lives in fiscal year 2018. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young adults currently participating in CAP’s cadet programs. Cadets learn and practice skills in Communication, Leadership, Followership, and Character Development through the Cadet Program. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com and gallatin.cap.gov.