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Martin squadron cadets earn milestone awards

October 16, 2018 – MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – Civil Air Patrol cadets from Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron earned milestone awards as part of the CAP cadet program.

Cadets James Demonte-Weckel and Felix Caratini both completed phase 2 of the cadet program, earning Gen. Billy Mitchell awards 69,178 and 69,244 respectively and promoting to cadet second lieutenant. Demote-Weckel joined the squadron in October 2014 and graduated from Tri-Wing Encampment in 2015.  Caratini joined the squadron in December 2015 and graduated from Tri-Wing Encampment in 2017. He returned to Tri-Wing in 2018 as staff.  Lt. Col. Frank Jarosinski, Group 2 commander, presented both awards.

To earn the Mitchell Award, cadets take a comprehensive leadership and aerospace test, present a speech in front of the squadron and pass a physical fitness test.

Cadets Kendall Jarrett and Willis Morales completed phase 1 of the cadet program, earning the Wright Brothers Award and promoting to cadet staff sergeant. The Wright Brothers Award is the first milestone in the cadet program.

In 2018, a number of Martin squadron cadets earned milestone awards, including:

Cadet Kent Chesley earned the Wright Brothers Award.

Cadets Nicholas Korotunow and Jakob Ranlet earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. Korotunow is now attending Embry Riddle University in Florida and Ranlet joined the United States Army.

Cadets Jacob Iacarino and Robert Miner earned the Amelia Earhart Award. The Earhart Award is the third milestone in the cadet program and is the final award to complete phase 3. Cadets earning the Earhart Award are promoted to cadet captain.

Cadet Wyatt Hartman earned the Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award in February. The Eaker Award signifies the completion of the entire cadet program. Cadets who earn the Eaker Award are promoted to cadet lieutenant colonel and are eligible to test for the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin State Airport. For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit Follow the squadron on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook at

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.


Photos (left to right): 
Cadet 2nd Lts. James Demonte-Weckel and Felix Caratini earn the Mitchell Award.
Cadet 2nd Lt.  Nicholas Korotunow earns the Mitchell Award.
Cadet Capt. Jacob Iacarino earns the Earhart Award.
Cadet Capt. Robert Miner is presented the Earhart Award.
Cadet Lt. Col. Wyatt Hartman earns the Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award.


Lt. Col. Christopher Roche, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

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