Last Thursday night, a number of MVCS cadets were recognized in front of the squadron and their families. A couple of our cadets were recognized for multiple accomplishments. The MVCS Cyber Patriot Team was also recognized.
C/2d Lt. Michael Jurkoic received the Billy Mitchell Award and the Cadet Community Service Ribbon. This ribbon is awarded to members who complete 60 hours of community service outside of Civil Air Patrol. The service must be verified by a volunteer coordinator.
After safety and aerospace training on the evening of 18 December, MVCS cadets and senior members came together to recognize those earning promotions and awards. Following the ceremony, they celebrated with a holiday pot luck meal.
At Thursday’s recognition-packed meeting of MVCS, in addition to C/2d Lt Abbe’s Billy Mitchell Award, four additional cadets were honored. Squadron Commander, Lt Col Lou Volchansky, presided at the ceremony.
C/CMSgt Coleman and C/Amn Gysen were promoted at Thursday evening’s meeting of MVCS. The squadron commander, Lt Col Volchansky, pinned on the cadets new rank insignia joined by parents and family members. Congratulations!
The promotions were preceded by presentations given by senior members on fire safety, aerospace (the chandelle maneuver), and land navigation.
This weekend cadets plan to take a tour of the Pentagon. Does this sound like fun to you? Why not join us?
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, NATCAP Wing Commander Col. Bruce Heinlein presided over the change of command of Mount Vernon Composite Squadron. 1st Lt. Kevin Geiss relinquished command and Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky assumed command. In his remarks, Col. Heinlein praised the accomplishments of MVCS under the command of 1st Lt. Geiss and thanked him and his family for their service and sacrifice for the benefit of the squadron’s volunteers. 1st Lt. Geiss’s son, C/SMSgt Benjamin Geiss, has been active in the MVCS cadet program, making CAP a family affair.
1st Lt. Geiss served as the squadron’s Public Affairs Officer prior to assuming command. He also holds Public Information Officer, Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Mission Staff Assistant, and Liaison Officer qualifications. A Department of Defense civil servant at the Senior Executive Service level, he finishes his duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy and moves on with his family to a new civil service posting in Ohio.
Lt. Col. Volchansky, a civil servant with the Federal Aviation Administration, first became affiliated with CAP as a cadet with the Monticello Composite Squadron. A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, he has been serving as the MVCS Safety Officer.
Later in the evening, Lt. Col. Volchansky presided over the cadet change of command. C/Lt. Col. Joseph Frech relinquished command, and C/Capt. Nicholas Johnson assumed command.
C/Lt. Col. Frech plans to attend Old Dominion University and will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Platoon Leader Class, one of the paths to becoming a Marine Corps officer. C/Lt. Col. Frech’s father, Capt. Joe Frech, commands the Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron. Both of C/Capt. Johnson’s siblings are MVCS cadets and both his parents are senior members.
The MVCS drill team was presented with the National Cadet Competition Ribbon.
Three cadets were presented the Academic Cord, C/Capt Nicholas Johnson, C/MSgt Alexander Johnson, C/SSgt Madeline Johnson. Per NATCAP Supplement 1 to CAPR 39-3, “Cadets earning a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 (or equivalent) will wear a blue and white shoulder cord. Cadets earning a 4.0 GPA or above (or equivalent) will wear a blue and silver shoulder cord.”
In addition to the above, the following achievements and awards were presented:
C/SSgt Madeline Johnson was presented with the Wright Brothers Award for successfully completing all Phase I requirements. Phase I is dubbed, “the learning phase,” upon completion of which cadets move on to Phase II, “the leadership phase.”
C/A1C Marcus Wilson and C/A1C Thad Smith earned the Hap Arnold Achievement. This is the second of four achievements in Phase I, “the learning phase.”
C/Capt James Hildebrand received the Cadet Recruiter Ribbon. The Recruiter Ribbon is awarded by the unit commander to cadets and senior members in recognition of outstanding efforts to recruit new members for CAP. It is awarded to cadets who recruit two new qualified cadets or senior members for CAP.
On January 4, 2014, C/Col Alexander Fry earned the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, and along with it promotion to his current rank.
The Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. Gen. Carl A. Spaatz was the First Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and first Chairman of the CAP National Board.
Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.
Thursday evening at MVCS’s regular meeting, seven cadets were recognized for various achievements. C/2d Lts Thomas Murphy and Hunter Harlow were presented with the Billy Mitchell Award ribbon and accompanying promotion. This award marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program.
C/SSgt Alexander Johnson earned the Wright Brothers Award, marking the transition to Non-Commissioned Officer status.
C/SrA Benjamin Youngs was presented with the Mary Feik Achievement ribbon and promotion for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program, and an Academic Cord.