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Harford squadron cadet accepted into U.S. Air Force Academy

March 17, 2019 – ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Homeschooler and Civil Air Patrol Cadet 1st Lt. Jake Hannas has accepted his appointment to the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.!

The U.S. Air Force Academy is among the most selective colleges in the United States. The USAF Academy offers a four-year college degree program designed to provide future Air Force officers with the knowledge and character essentials as career officers. Cadets graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

One year ago, Hannas was offered and accepted the Falcon Foundation Scholarship by the Air Force Academy. This scholarship allowed 60 applicants nationwide the opportunity to attend a year-long private preparatory school and secure to an appointment to the Class of 2023.

Hannas has been an active member of Civil Air Patrol’s Harford Composite Squadron for five years, where he served in a variety of leadership positions within the Harford cadet program.

He distinguished himself as a top Maryland Wing cadet by being selected as one of only six cadets to attend the Robert Ayres Flight Academy. During this flight academy, Hannas logged over 20 flight hours and successfully soloed in a Cessna 172. He is currently working on his private pilot certificate through CAP’s cadet wings program as one of 55 cadets selected nationally. Hannas had this to say about his flight opportunities through Civil Air Patrol, “I’ve been so blessed to have the opportunity afforded to me to fly at no cost to me, because of the generosity of CAP and the Air Force.”

Hannas played baseball and ran cross country in high school. He loves his church, which he said has been a constant support and blessing in his life. He enjoys riding motorcycles, backpacking and skiing with his family. As he prepares to depart for Colorado Springs, Hannas expressed his sincere gratitude for the senior members and older cadets who took him under their wings to teach, mentor, and fly with him. He stated, “Their dedication is unparalleled, and it has been an honor to know them. And I couldn’t have made it here without them. My family, but above all, it was God who gave me strength and works all things for good.”

The Harford Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs. The Squadron meets on Monday nights, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the STEM Center Building #4508, located at 6483 Wayberry Rd at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The cadet program is open to youths ages 12 to 18. Parents and adults interested in the cadet and/or senior program are always welcome to visit our meetings and talk with our staff. Follow us on Facebook 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 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.


2nd Lt Michelle Travers, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Harford Composite Squadron

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