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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive Awards

posted Feb 1, 2012, 6:31 AM by Jeff Lariscy

January 30, 2012

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel David Twibell and Cadet Captain Randy Scott received achievement awards during the weekly meeting of the Effingham Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Twibell received the Eaker Award, while Cadet Captain Scott received the Earhart Award.

Named for Ira Eaker, Army Air Forces general and advocate of strategic bombardment during WorldWar II, the Eaker Award is the 2nd highest award a cadet can earn. Requirements for the award are rigorous and include physical fitness, demonstration of leadership skills, speech and essay submissions, as well as requirements for previous awards, including aerospace education knowledge. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Twibell is also the Cadet Commander for the Effingham Cadet Squadron. He was presented the award by his father, Second Lieutenant Mark Twibell, a Senior Member of the Effingham Cadet Squadron, and Captain Roger Coursey, guest speaker and former JROTC instructor at South Effingham High School as well as a pilot and commander for the United States Coast Guard.

Cadet Captain Scott was presented the Earhart award by Captain Roger Coursey and Major Carl Godbee, former JROTC student under Captain Coursey, Senior Member and Deputy Commander of the Effingham Cadet Squadron. This award named for Amelia Earhart, record-setting female pilot who was lost while attempting to fly around the world. This is the third major award in a series of achievements available to cadets and requires the cadet to pass physical fitness standards, as well as comprehensive exams in both leadership and aerospace knowledge.

The Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, focuses on development of leadership skills and discipline in youth, ages 12 to 21. The CAP Cadet Program is organized around five elements: leadership, aerospace education, fitness, character and community service activities. The program strives to instill in the cadets the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. Through the guidance and influence of its volunteer senior members, the CAP Cadet Program aims to foster the development of responsible citizens who are inspired to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Cadet Squadron 453 is a part of Georgia Civil Air Patrol Group IV, encompassing of seven Squadrons in Southeast Georgia, under the command of Major Gene A. Warnock.

To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol Cadet and Senior Program visit the Effingham Cadet Squadron website at The Effingham Cadet Squadron, GA — 453 meets every Monday evening from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at 226 Goshen Road, Building 200, in Rincon on the campus of Effingham Christain School. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Civil Air Patrol or have your questions answered, you may contact the Commanding Officer, Captain Richard Bush @ 912.429.8050 or