On Thursday evening at Davison Army Airfield, four MVCS cadets were recognized and promoted at a squadron ceremony.
Cadets Stephen Gordon and Dien Dewever earned the Wright Brothers Award which is accompanied by promotion to Cadet Staff Sergeant. This award is part of what Civil Air Patrol calls the “Learning Phase,” or Phase I. Cadet Zachary Namiotka completed the Charles Lindbergh Achievement, accompanied by promotion to Cadet Master Sergeant. This is the second achievement in Phase II, the “Leadership Phase.” Finally, Cadet Leilani Kavanagh earned the Earhart Award, accompanied by the final promotion in Phase III, the “Command Phase,” to Cadet Captain.
Parents, family members and MVCS senior members were present for the ceremony. As each awardee marched front and center to be recognized and have new collar devices pinned on by parents, Cadet Major Clare Porter, who served as master of ceremonies, explained the significance of each award. Civil Air Patrol cadet awards are named after individuals who have accomplished great things in the field of aviation. More details can be found online via CAP’s “Stripes to Diamonds” page.