FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron is celebrating their anniversary. It is comprised of three flights, located in Owenton, Danville, and Frankfort. While the Danville flight is a recent addition, Owenton is celebrating it’s first year anniversary and Frankfort is celebrating two years. Part of the celebration was a week of promotions. It started with a special senior member promotion. Captain John Layport, a 23 year veteran of CAP was promoted to the rank of Major. During the ceremony he was pinned by his wife, Marge and his daughter, Laura, who is a Air Force Technical Sergeant in the Washington DC Air National Guard.
The second set of promotions and awards were presented in Frankfort. Captain Don
Brent, one of the Kentucky Wing’s longest participating members with 42 years of
service, was promoted to the rank of Major. Colonel James Huggins, the outgoing CAP
Commander for Kentucky presided over the ceremony.
Twelve cadets were also promoted this week. The Frankfort flight had four cadets pin on
new rank. Our first promotion to officer rank was Michael Dahl. He was presented with
shoulder boards signifying the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Neo McGaughey was promoted to
Senior Master Sergeant. Ben Hunter was promoted to Airman First Class. Lastly, Aidan
Bowman earned his first stripe after several months. (He joined in the holidays and it
was a challenge to get all the parts moving during the holidays)
The Owenton flight had eight cadets pin on new rank. Emma and Liz Ashcraft, Kameron
Kelly and Ashley Buffin were promoted to Master Sergeant. Timmy Morris was promoted
to Technical Sergeant. Gerdie Morris, Katie Patterson, and Breanna Schadler were
promoted to Airman First Class.
SM Brenda Patterson comments, “These cadets never cease to amaze me. They
manage school, home and extracurricular activities in addition to CAP and still manage
to achieve these promotions. I am so proud of these kids, they are our future leaders! ”
For a cadet to get promoted, they must learn Leadership, Aerospace, Character
Development, Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. They
must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service,
Excellence, and Respect. In the cadet program, young adults get to experience flying,
missions with emergency services, develop leadership skills, and so much more. To join,
a youth must be between 12-18 years old.
The main squadron, located in Frankfort next to Sonic, has both a cadet program and an
adult member program. The squadron has two additional flights, an adult flight in
Danville, and a cadet flight in Owenton. The Frankfort Composite Squadron was
established two years ago and is now the second largest cadet squadron in the state.
Frankfort cadets meet every Tuesday at the Kentucky Wing HQ next to Sonic from 5:00-
7:00. Owenton cadet flight meets every Thursday night at the Owen Middle School from
6:00-8:00. The adult meeting is every first and Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest
member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National
Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs
about 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 an
average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform
homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal,
state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace
education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently
participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75
years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts
of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an
initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.
Visit http://www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Contact info: Ilse House – firstname.lastname@example.org – (606) 271-2092; See more pictures on Facebook.com/CivilAirPatrolFrankfort. For more information about Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com.