Civil Air Patrol cadets earn promotions

Monday, December 11, 2017

Two cadets of the Saline County Composite Squadron (Civil Air Patrol) recently recently earned promotions.

Alexander Stastny and Geri Ronsley both earned the Wright Brothers Award, which is awarded for successfully completing Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. It marks the transition of a cadet to a non-commissioned officer status in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant. With their promotions, Stastny and Ronsley join cadets J.R. Wandell, Niko Medrano and Colton Kiser in carrying out the duties of the NCO corps.

NCOs must show by example that they are truly committed to integrity, service, excellence and respect. They are charged with demonstrating superb military bearing, respect for authority and the highest standards of dress and appearance. The NCO is a first-line supervisor, someone who ensures the junior members of a team accomplish the mission.

Leadership training is just one of the many activities undertaken by the Civil Air Patrol. Young people are also given instruction in STEM and Aerospace. Adult members are given opportunities for professional development in a wide array of specialty tracks.

For more information about the Saline County Composite Squadron, visit, or attend one of their meetings. The group meets from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Marshall Municipal Airport.

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