Members of the Marietta Air Museum Cadet Squadron experienced a month with more events than free time. The first event saw severn female cadets, two male cadets, and one Senior Member attend the Southeast Region conference in Peachtree City. Highlights of the banquet included Major General Mark E. Smith, National Commander of Civil Air Patrol, and Col. Barry Melton, Southeast Region Commander, present the region Senior Member of the Year award to Lt. Col. Tom R. Berg, former Marietta Air Museum Cadet Squadron Commander. Gen. Smith also presented a very rare award, the Silver Medal of Valor, to Congressman Barry Loudermilk, for his selfless and heroic action during the shooting at the Congressional Softball Practice in 2017.
The squadron then conducted an American Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day by respectfully retiring 30 American Flags from the Marietta area that had completed their service to this country. Cadets have identified this as a community service they would like to complete at least once each year.
Summers are always filled with activities in CAP. Three of Marietta’s cadets attended the Georgia Wing Encampment held at Fort Stewart near Savannah Georgia. C/Amn Luke Burcham graduated from his first encampment while C/SrA Joshua Edgecomb served on the Standards and Evaluation staff and C/MSgt Erica Berg performed the duties of the Public Affairs NCOIC. Reaching out beyond Georgia, our cadets also supported the Mississippi/Alabama Wing Encampment with C/CMSgt Katie Goins serving as the Encampment Command Chief while C/MSgt Erica Berg participated as the Squadron One First Sergeant. One of the highlights of this Encampment was the experience of flying in Hurricane Hunter C-130J’s build by Lockheed in Marietta, piloted and crewed by members of the 53RDWeather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters. Meanwhile, C/SMSgt Cassie Killingsworth was busy learning the skills of a glider pilot at the Pennsylvania Wing Glider Academy in Fredricksburg, Pennsylvania. Still other members are getting some rest in preparation for July’s activities in Wisconsin, Indiana and Washington DC.