Two local CAP cadets receive annual awards


Photo by Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Terry PittsCadet Lena McFarland, left, and Cadet Keiran Smith, were recently named winners of two annual Civil Air Patrol awards.

Photo by Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Terry Pitts
Cadet Lena McFarland, left, and Cadet Keiran Smith, were recently named winners of two annual Civil Air Patrol awards.

Two local Civil Air Patrol cadents recently recieved annual awards for their efforts with the local flight.

Cadet Keiran Smith, Ramstein Cadet Squadron, Wiesbaden Flight, received the prestigious Air Force Association’s “Civil Air Patrol Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award.”

The Air Force Association’s award is bestowed upon the one cadet per squadron who has displayed superior performance during the year.


Smith, a cadet chief master sergeant, showcased exemplary leadership skills as well as academic excellence. He was one of the many outstanding cadets considered for this achievement. Smith efforts were recognized by the selection and highlighted his merits that contributed significantly to the Wiesbaden Flight’s success during the past year with his maturity, skill, ingenuity and willingness to take on progressively responsible duties.

As with many of the cadets and their positively infectious attitude — was among another reason that Wiesbaden Flight’s Cadet, Cadet Master Sergeant Lena McFarland, earned the Ramstein Cadet Squadron NCO of the Year award. She demonstrated high moral character, professionalism in appearance and action, and outstanding achievement in the cadet program.

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young individuals to progress at their pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.

The local CAP flight meets Tuesdays on Hainerberg at Texasstrasse 75 at 7 p.m. Contact Craig Young at c1y2cap@hotmail.com for more information.

(Editor’s note: CAP cadets Lena McFarland, Ava Ferris and Celia Compton contributed to this article).