Melton also received the Mitchell Award, which signals a cadet’s transition from the enlisted ranks to being an officer.
Melton will use the leadership skills and knowledge she has learned in the Civil Air Patrol as she transitions to the role as Cadet Commander.
The present commander, Cadet 1st Lt. Dakota Thompson, will step down after nearly three years of exceptional service next month.
Several other cadets received awards and promotions also, including Commander Commendation Awards to Cadet 2nd Lt. Ryan Humphries, Thompson and Melton.
“We are so proud of our cadets. I can feel good about the future of our country, knowing young people like our cadets are already taking leadership roles. They deserve as much recognition as we can give them,” Squadron Commander Capt. Diane VanderVeen said.
Group II Commander Lt. Col. Jack Mullinax and Col. Barry Melton were on hand to present the awards and certificates to the cadets.
VanderVeen said, “The Cadet Program of the Civil Air Patrol provides so many opportunities for junior high and high school age students to develop skills and knowledge in leadership, teamwork, science, and technology. I recommend it to all parents who want to give their children a ‘leg up’ as they move toward college and careers.”
For more information about the Cadet Program of the Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com.