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Charleston Cadets Receive Promotions

April 24, 2019

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. -- On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 the Charleston Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held its monthly promotions night and seven cadets were recognized with the following promotions.

Cadet Omar Maraikayer, one of the squadron’s newest members received his first promotion to cadet airman after earning the John Curry Award and being promoted to airman.

Cadet Gavin McGee also completed his first achievement earning the John Curry Award and being promoted to cadet airman.  On hand to help pin the airman was his father, Maj. (Ret.) Brad McGee.

Cadets Matthew and Alexander Olivero received the John Curry Award after completing all requirements of the first achievement of Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program.  Both cadets were promoted to cadet airman.  Their mother, Akhtar Sharih, was on hand for the pinning ceremony.

Cadet Ryan McDaniel received the Hap Arnold Award after completing all requirements of the second achievement and was promoted to Airman First Class, receiving his second stripe.

Cadet Lily Turner was presented with the Dr. Robert Goddard Award for completing the requirements for Civil Air Patrol’s seventh achievement and being promoted to Chief Master Sergeant.  Chief Turner is also a recent graduate of the West Virginia Cadet Leadership Academy which was held at Camp Dawson.

The squadron also recognized cadet Andrew Fuller with his first milestone award, The Wright Brothers Award.  Cadet Fuller was then promoted to Staff Sergeant.  This award is presented when a cadet completes the first three achievements and then successfully completes a cumulative testing process which includes leadership, aerospace education and physical fitness.  Cadet Fuller’s grandparents, Dave and Beck Fuller, pinned his new rank during the pinning ceremony.  Staff Sergeant Fuller is also a recent graduate of the West Virginia Cadet Leadership Academy which was held at Camp Dawson.  Charleston’s Cadet Commander, Lt. Anthony Dixon also honored Fuller with a commander’s challenge coin for exceptional performance and service as a cadet.

Congratulations to each award recipient.  According to squadron commander, Maj. Debbie Butler-Case, “These awards are not just rewarding cadets for their accomplishments but also for being ready to accept new challenges.”

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