Two cadets from the Ormond Beach Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) were honored recently by the CAP’s Florida Wing Commander.
Cadet Captain Grayson Bertaina was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award. This award is the second milestone of the Cadet Program, which is earned after receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award and the completion of the first 11 achievements of the Cadet Program.
In addition, the cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering aerospace topics, leadership theory and staff duties. Only 5 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets will obtain the Amelia Earhart Award. Once a cadet earns the Earhart Award, he or she is promoted to the grade of Cadet Captain. Cadets who receive the Amelia Earhart Award are also eligible to apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange.
Cadet Second Lieutenant Emily Kraft was presented with the General Billy Mitchell Award, which honors a fearless pilot whose patriotism, foresight and tenacity led him to become the “Father of the Independent Air Force.” The awards were presented by Colonel Luis Garcia, Florida Wing Commander.