Civil Air Patrol promotes cadets; plans for Cessna 182

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — For these kids, the dream might just be to get into the Air Force Academy one day. And so, starting now, they are getting ready. The Cloud Peak Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held rank promotions Thursday for several of its members, including the highest ranked cadet in the state of Wyoming. Rank promotions included the following: - C/SSgt Bryce Lydic - C/Lt. Col Don Coletta - C/TSgt Briannon Marcus - C/TSgt Kavan Bede - C/AIC Frederic Tyson Visiting for the event were Lt. Col Ken Johnston, Wyoming Wing Commander for the Civil Air Patrol, and Lt. Col BJ Carlson, Director of the Cadet Program. "This is one of the better parts of my job, to be able to see these promotions," Johnston said, adding that 10 percent of the entrants to the Air Force Academy are Civil Air Patrol graduates. The CAP's cadet program uses aviation as a cornerstone, and nationwide, thousands of young people from 12-21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership, according to the national office. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). The Cloud Peak Composite Squadron has many summer activities planned, and anticipates receiving a Cessna 182 for flight experience, training and more. "Part of this is about training you to be leaders both in the community and in the military," Johnston said. *Feature photo: Johnston addresses the cadets. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news