From left are Cadet/2nd Lt. Trent Jones, incoming cadet commander, and Cadet/Maj. Nathaniel Wilkie, outgoing cadet Commander.
On Aug. 7, the Cleveland Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron officially recognized a change in the cadet leadership of the local squadron.
In the Change of Command ceremony, Cadet Major Nathaniel Wilkie passed the responsibility to Cadet Second Lt. Trent Jones.
During the ceremony, the squadron flag is received by the current cadet commander who then passes it to the incoming cadet commander. Southeast Region CAP Commander Barry Melton reminded cadets that the goal of Civil Air Patrol is for all cadets to be leaders. While one individual has stepped down from a position of leadership and another steps up, the responsibility of leadership is not removed. Leadership encompasses a broader definition than just a title. Leadership involves being responsible, personal discipline, serving others, and willingness to step up even in difficult times – all things that all cadets can achieve.
C/Maj Wilkie had the opportunity to serve under Major Linda Quiett seeing a resurgence in membership. He will be attending MTSU in the fall as an Aerospace major and is participating in AFROTC. C/2nd Lt. Jones has served with Wilkie through the past 4 years. Under Major Quiett’s leadership they have helped the squadron increase its presence in the community through volunteer projects and the monthly third Saturday Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast at the Cleveland Jetport.
As an integral part of the leadership team, C/2nd Lt. Jones offers much experience and has been the catalyst for team building activities such as the 5th Tuesday Fun Nights. C/2nd Lt. Jones will be attending Cleveland State Community College in the fall as an electrical engineering major.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction 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 people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com
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