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One Year After Reorganizing, Charleston Civil Air Patrol Earns Awards

October 18, 2019

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Charleston, W.Va. (October 5, 2019) — Civil Air Patrol’s Charleston Composite Squadron, now 59 members strong, received recognition in several areas at the 2019 West Virginia Wing Conference and Banquet which was held on October 5, 2019 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center which brought more than 200 Civil Air Patrol members and guests to the Capitol City.  Charleston Composite Squadron, the local squadron of Civil Air Patrol was well represented with 21 members attending the many conference seminars and the Banquet.

Commander’s Commendations.  Charleston Cadets Second Lt Anthony Dixon, Second Lt Lily Turner and Captain Josiah Mahoney as well as First Lt William “Billy” White, II were presented with Commander’s Commendations for their leadership and outstanding service in CAP.

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year.  Second Lt Steven Arlo Cook was awarded the 2019 WV Wing Aerospace Education Officer of the Year for his aerospace education program.  Lt Cook distinguished himself by creating a learning atmosphere that is fun and exciting for the cadets.  He highlights career possibilities at every presentation.  Lt. Cook utilizes some unique tools to show how certain programs may be applied in daily life. For example, while working through the robotics stem project, he programmed his vehicle to talk giving a full history of CAP. As the robotics project came to a close, the cadets successfully programmed their robot to conquer the rubics cube puzzle. Most recently, he has introduced cadets to flight simulators challenging them to acquire the skills needed to safely take to the skies in CAP’s Model Aircraft and Remote-Control Flight Program.

Internet Technologies Officer of the Year.  The 2019 WV Wing Internet Technologies Officer of the Year award was presented to Major Charles Case for his service as the squadron’s webmaster who manages and updates the squadron website.  Major Case was the first in West Virginia to reformat the existing website in accordance with Civil Air Patrol’s new branding transition.  Major Case also linked the squadron’s weather station to the webpage allowing cadets to continue utilizing it when planning activities or looking at weather conditions.  Major Case also created and implemented an electronic sign-in method for members to sign in allowing the squadron the ability to prepare reports and monitor data more effectively.  He is also instrumental in starting a free tutoring program for the cadets to help them achieve academic excellence.

Military Aircraft Model Contest Winner.  Cadet Senior Airman Damien Cook won first place in the military aircraft model contest with his P51.

Emergency Services Ground Support Award.  The Charleston Composite Squadron was awarded the 2019 WV Wing Emergency Services Ground Support Award.  Civil Air Patrol performs many emergency services missions including aviation search and rescue, disaster relief, and missing persons searches.  While increasing in numbers, qualifying its members, the unit continued training and also assisted members from other squadrons with training during the Wing’s annual Ground Pounder Training Weekends.

Squadron of the Year.  Reorganizing a program can be very challenging.  The members of the Charleston Composite Squadron took it all in stride and have excelled in all areas of the program. As a result, the Charleston Composite Squadron earned the 2019 WV Wing Squadron of the Year award at the Conference marking 2019 a very successful year for the squadron.

Earlier in the year, the Squadron received national recognition when it was awarded the 2019 Aerospace Education Excellence Award and the 2019 Quality Cadet Unit Award.  The Charleston Composite Squadron has undergone many changes since October 2018.  The squadron commander, Major Debbie Butler-Case stated, “I am very proud of this group of volunteers.  We have seen growth and increased participation from some very dedicated members.”  She went on to state that the Squadron will continue working toward its goals of becoming a strong and responsive asset to serve the Charleston community as well as the state of West Virginia. 

If you are looking for an interesting volunteer service organization, and you are an adult or youth at least 12 years of age, then contact Major Butler-Case dbutler-case@wvwg.cap.gov to see if CAP is for you.

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