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Martin Cadets Earn Milestone Awards

September 11, 2022

Middle River, MD: - Cadets from Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrols Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron earned several milestone awards in the first 3 quarters of 2022.

The Wright Brothers Award is the first milestone in the CAP cadet program. After completing the first three achievements, cadets take a closed book leadership test, drill test and a physical fitness test. Cadet that pass the tests are promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant and can begin phase 2 of the program. Cadet Liam Michael Watson earned award number 51743 on February 24,2022. Cadet Natalia Christine Gonzalez earned award number 51757 on February 24, 2022. Cadet Landon David Dufrene earned award number 52138 on April 7,2022. Cadet Jason Bransby earned award number 53653 on September 8, 2022.

The General Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone and signifies completion of phase 2 of the CAP cadet program. Cadets that earn the Mitchell award must attend and graduate from a CAP basic encampment, pass a comprehensive leadership and aerospace test and write an essay based on their experience in the program. Cadets earning the Mitchell award are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. Cadets also open several national special activities that are limited to cadet officers only. They also would be granted early promotion to the grade of E-3 if they join the military later. Cadet Justin Rolf earned award number 73554 on April 7, 2022 and Cadet Jonathan Ku earned award number 73724 on June 8, 2022.

The Amelia Earhart Award is the third milestone and is awarded after completion of phase 3 of the CAP cadet program. Cadet officers move into a higher leadership and mentoring role and take part in the more routine squadron operations. Cadets work with senior staff to learn those duty assignments and complete a staff duty analysis report that is graded for each achievement. To complete the milestone, cadets take a new comprehensive aerospace test from the Aerospace for the 21st Century book published by CAP, and a leadership test with material from the very first test they passed when they joined. Cadets earning the Earhart award can attend Cadet Officer School and can apply for the International Cadet Exchange, where cadets from the US travel to other countries as ambassadors for CAP. Cadet Nathanael Rohm earned award number 19962 on April 8, 2022.

The Ira C. Eaker Award is the final milestone and is awarded for completing the entire cadet program. Cadets continue in the role of support, working with senior staff in various duty areas. Cadets are also required to attend either Region Cadet Leadership School or Cadet Officer school. Cadets completing phase 4 move into a mentorship role, passing the knowledge they’ve learned from the beginning to the cadets that will leading the squadrons in the future. Earning the Eaker award, cadets are promoted to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. Cadets also now have the option to apply for and take the Spaatz exam, the highest award a CAP cadet can earn. Cadet Matthew Gray earned Eaker award 4048 on 18 August 2022.

Congratulations to all of our cadets that have completed achievements this year.

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 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew four actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 26 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,021 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $5.2 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook.

Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 555 single-engine aircraft and 2,250 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 108 lives last year. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to over 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.






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Lt. Col Christopher Roche

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Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron


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