Disclaimer: This is not going to be a normal public affairs article. Normally you’ll see riveting details and pictures about everything that happened at the activity. But this is going to be an outgoing Cadet Executive Officer bragging on some amazing Georgia Wing cadets. Still with me? Good!
Throughout my closing eight year career as a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet, I’ve led countless cadets at squadrons and too many activities to remember. What I do remember is that each time I have the privilege to work with more and more amazing people. This weekend I flew over to Mississippi Wing for their annual Cadet Conference with Ellijay’s C/Capt Will Ridings, Cobb’s C/SrA Alexander LoVecchio, and our C/Capt Jacob and C/2nd Lt Whitney Reuschel. We got up at O-Dark-Thiry and flew the Gippsland GA-8 over to Lousiville, MS. Hands down, this was the most fun flight I’ve ever had! The activity isn’t over yet at the time I’m writing this but I’m still excited for the flight home.
When we got there, it was as if two celebrities had flown in on a chartered flight. Everybody I met asked me if C/CaptRidings and C/2nd Lt Reuschel were here. I was impressed; not because people knew who they were, but because these two cadets and friends of mine had made such a great impression on the Mississippi members that they were so excited to get to work with them again! Within just a couple hours, Lt Reuschel was asked to help lead communications during the awesome number of Cadet Orientation Flights while I taught communication basics to several cadets. Before we knew it, Reuschel, LoVecchio and I ended up manning the radios ourselves with at least eight planes in contact with us at any given time. It was so obvious how fully the conference staff, including MSWG Commander Col Mallory Woodcock, trusted Reuschel, her leadership and experience.
Meanwhile LoVecchhio was talking to the MSWG communications community and getting ideas for his Eagle Scout project of renovation Georgia’s second Mobile Command Post. He was so personable that everyone wanted to tell him about their ideas for command posts and how to implement lessons-learned from their experience. He took every word to heart and is going to put some of them into action.
Right behind us, C/Capt Jacob Reuschel was marshaling the planes on the ground tuning up his skills so that he could help teach our cadets back at home. He certainly had his hands full with planes constantly coming in and out, but the Flight Line team couldn’t have done a better job! The aircraft and cadets were fueled, in and out in no time. Frankly I don’t know what C/Capt Ridings has been doing. They’ve had him so busy that I’ve barely seen him all weekend, but I’ll take that as a good sign!
On behalf of all the GAWG cadets who came over here, we want to sincerely thank our AMAZING pilot, Group I Deputy Commander, Maj Brad Haynes. None of this would have been possible without him, and it certainly would not have been as much fun! This amazing contingent of cadets is one I would take to any activity anywhere in the country. I am so proud to have served with them!