The Anoka County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) hosted an awards night ceremony Jan. 28, in the city of Blaine’s public works building.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of three milestone awards to three members of the same family.
State Rep. Tim Sanders presented Cadet Lt. Col. Donald Raleigh the prestigious General Ira C. Eaker Award, which is presented on the successful completion the required achievements of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and included a promotion to cadet lieutenant colonel.
Col. Brent Halweg, wing commander, presented Cadet Capt. Zophia Raleigh the Amelia Earhart Award which included promotion to cadet captain, while Lt. Col Patrick Cruze, Group II commander, presented Cadet 2nd Lt. Izabella Raleigh the Mitchell Award including the promotion to cadet second lieutenant.
Cruze also awarded Cadet 2nd Lts. Dallas Dockham and Nick Grahek the distinguished Mitchell Award and promoted them to second lieutenant.
According to Capt. Donald Raleigh, commander of the Anoka County Composite Squadron, the Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity for cadets to grow and mature as leaders.
“It is also a place where families are able to work together and have fun,” Raleigh said. “Tonight is a very special night where I am able to share in all three of my children’s milestone awards.”
In addition, Cadet Airman Quinn Shroyer was promoted to cadet airman first class. On the senior member side, Dorothy McKinley and Richard Chronis were promoted to the grade of second lieutenant and senior members Andrew Nelson and Janet Nelson received the Yeager Award.
Halweg presented Sanders with his Civil Air Patrol legislative membership and as a legislative member, he is a CAP major.
Raleigh presented the Air Force Association Squadron Cadet of the Year to Cadet Maj. Caitlin Albright. Along with the certificate, Albright received a medal and ribbon with AFA on it which can be worn with her other ribbons.
There were also many squadron level awards given for outstanding achievements based on the member’s lifetime contributions to the CAP, their enthusiasm, shared expertise, leadership and compliance with CAP rules, regulations and objectives.
Squadron level awards were presented in the specialty area for: aerospace education, Capt. Greg Henderson; administration, Maj. Robert Mallia and Cadet 1st Lt. Jesse Roberts; cadet programs, Capt. Jody Frey and Cadet 2nd Lt. Nick Grahek; communications, 1st Lt. Scott Holland and Cadet 2nd Lt. Boaz Fink; emergency services, 1st Lt. John Hane; finance, 1st Lt. Mike Fischer; historian, 2nd Lt. Dorothy McKinley; operations, Capt. Kim Huso; professional development, Capt. Mary Albright and Cadet 2nd Lt. Izabella Raleigh; safety, Capt. Jody Veek and Cadet Capt. Zophia Raleigh; cadet NCO of the year, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kyle Sibley; cadet officer of the year, Cadet 1st Lt. Nick Frey; cadet of the year, Cadet Lt. Col Donald Raleigh; senior member of the year, 1st Lt. Scott Holland; family of the year, Nelson family; logistics, 1st Lt. Paul Keck.
The evening festivities concluded with the serving of a celebratory cake to honor the awardees and promotions.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal 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 over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 68 years. For more information on CAP, visit gocivilairpatrol.com.