Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets Conduct Change Of Command And Promotion Ceremony

Cadet Cmdr. 2nd Lt. Stafford receives a flag from outgoing Cadet Cmdr. 2nd Lt. J.D. Downing. Courtesy/CAP

Cadet promotions, front row from left, C/Amn Adam Pacheco, C/Amn Gavin Robles, C/A1C Ty Swavely and C/SrA Malcolm Olsen, C/SMSgt Bryce Gentile. Second row is Deputy Commander for Cadets Lt. Col. Annette Peters. Courtesy/CAP

Cadets receiving certificates for their first Cadet Orientation Flight, front row from left, C/Amn Adam Pacheco, C/Amn Gavin Robles, C/A1C Ty Swavely and C/AB Kyle Gentile. Second row is Cadet Orientation Pilot Maj. Mark Peters. Courtesy/CAP


Monday evening, 14 Civil Air Patrol Cadets along with 30 family members, friends and senior CAP members gathered at the Los Alamos Airport terminal for a CAP Cadet Change of Command and promotion ceremony. Cadet 2nd Lt. Jack Stafford became the Los Alamos Cadet Commander and was passed the flag from outgoing Cadet Commander 2nd Lt. James D. Downing.

Downing and also former Cadet Commander 2nd Lt. Caleb Britton are leaving the squadron to pursue careers in Aviation. Britton is leaving for Daytona, Fla., where he will be taking accelerated training to eventually become an airline pilot. Downing will be pursuing a four year degree in Commercial Aviation at the University of North Dakota.

Incoming Cadet Commander Stafford stated that he had two goals for the cadets. First is recruitment and retention. His second goal is pushing the members to achieve higher levels of fitness both mentally and physically. 

“I want to keep the goals few and simple,” Stafford said. He said he feels that is the way real progress can be achieved.

Promotions that took place prior to the change of command ceremony included Cadet Airman 1st Class Ty Swavely, Cadet Airman Adam Pacheco, Cadet Airman Gavin Robles, Cadet Senior Airman Malcom Olsen and Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Bryce Gentile.

Five Cadets received Certificates of First Flight for completing a Cadet Orientation Flight with CAP Senior Member Maj Mark Peters. Those receiving these certificates were Cadets Adam Pacheco, Kyle Gentile, Galvin Robles, Ty Swavely and Malcom Olsen.

Los Alamos Cadets meet weekly and participate in Aerospace Education, physical fitness training, character development and learn leadership skills. CAP Cadet Programs are open to youth from ages 12 to 21. Information about participation in Los Alamos CAP Cadet programs can be obtained by visiting the New Mexico CAP website at www.NMCAP.US or the Los Alamos Composite Squadron website at www.lacapnm.org or by contacting Lt Col Annette Peters, Squadron Commander at 505.672.3111.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP 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 more than 80 lives each year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug 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 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


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