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Charleston CAP Unit Earns National Award for Outstanding Cadet Program

October 11, 2019

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Charleston, W.Va.—The Charleston Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, is excited to announce that it has been awarded Civil Air Patrol’s Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2019. This National-level award is an objective-based accomplishment which all squadrons in Civil Air Patrol—over 1000—strive to achieve. The Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA) has been awarded for 10 years in an effort identify excellence in the Cadet Programs within Civil Air Patrol.

The squadron commander, Major Debbie Butler-Case stated, “This award recognizes the dedication and hard work of all our cadets and adult volunteers.  It is certainly an honor to be receiving this National Award in our first year as a composite squadron.”  The squadron’s commitment to excellence has only been strengthened by the changes at the squadron over the last year and this recognition illustrates that fact.

To be named a Quality Cadet Unit, the squadron leadership works to attain 10 goals—achieving a minimum of 6 benchmarks will earn a squadron this national award.  The Quality Cadet Unit Award is awarded based on specific criteria including cadet achievement, adult leadership, summer encampment attendance, squadron growth, annual retention and participation in STEM projects, aerospace education and emergency services training and aviation activities.

Charleston currently has 39 cadets who meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program is open to any interested youth between the ages of 12 – 18 and offers leadership development, teamwork opportunities, fitness training, search and rescue training as well as aerospace education, aviation and enhanced career exploration. 


Photo by WV Wing Staff - Presentation of CAP Quality Cadet Unit Award to Charleston Composite Squadron.

(l-r - Col Connie Moody, WV Wing Commander; Cadet 2d Lt Anthony Dixon, Charleston's Cadet Commander; Major Debbie Butler-Case, Charleston's Squadron Commander; and Mr. John Salvador, Chief Operating Officer, Civil Air Patrol, National Headquarters)

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