Recently promoted Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets, front row from left, C/SSgt Victor Popa-Simil, C/A1C Silas Morgan and Maj Annette Peters. Back row from left, C/SrA Jacqueline Lang, C/A1C Hannah Morgan and C/SSgt Andrei Popa-Simil with C/CMSgt Caleb Britton and C/SMSgt Zacharay Lang. Courtesy photo
Six cadets from the Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were promoted at a ceremony Monday evening at Los Alamos County Airport.
To receive a promotion in rank, each cadet completed requirements including participating in squadron activities, attending character development meetings, and achieving physical fitness standards based on age, gender, and rank. In addition, each cadet passed written exams on leadership and aerospace education. They also had an interview with the local CAP Promotion Review Board.
Cadets receiving promotion to Cadet Airman 1st Class were Silas Morgan and Hannah Morgan. Jacqueline Lang was promoted to Cadet Senior Airman. Cadets promoted to Cadet Staff Sgt. were Andrei Popa-Simil and Victor Popa-Simil. Zacharay Lang was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sgt.
Also recognized was Cadet Commander Caleb Britton who has completed his eighth achievement. Britton is now able to begin the process of working toward transitioning from his current rank of Cadet Chief Master Sgt. to becoming a cadet officer.
During the ceremony CAP Squadron Commander Annette Peters expressed her appreciation for the dedication and hard work that resulted in these accomplishments.
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet program includes Aviation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training, physical training, character development and training in leadership skills. CAP cadet programs are open to youth from ages 12 to 21. The Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets meet weekly. Information about participation in Los Alamos CAP Cadet programs can be obtained from the Los Alamos CAP website at lacapnm.org or by contacting Major Annette Peters 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.