Civil Air Patrol

Missouri Wing Holds Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony

For the first time in Missouri Wing history, all annual wing awards were announced virtually via a Facebook Live broadcast. More than 60 members from across the state tuned in on March 21st to the online presentation by Maj Jennifer Smith, Missouri Wing Chief of Staff for Missions, and Lt Col Mike Toedebusch, Missouri Wing Director of Cadet Programs. The virtual awards ceremony occurred in response to CAP National Headquarters travel and meeting restriction guidelines cancelling non-mission critical meetings – such as this year’s wing conference which was originally scheduled to be held March 20-23, 2020.

Missouri Wing Commander, Col Thomas Martin, began the ceremony with a brief review of last year’s successes and encouraged all to continue doing their best while following the recommendations of health professionals during the current national crisis. Col Martin concluded his comments with the following words of advice, “What you learn today can change the future; how you apply what you learn can change the world.”

North Central Region Commander, Col Regina Aye, ended the ceremony with the presentation of several regional awards as well as a discussion about leadership during a time of national and worldwide crisis and how one can best approach change as leaders. Col Aye noted that leaders need to step-up during challenging times to help get their organizations through tough situations. “Now is the time to shine, rather than shrink from service; so step-up, help our members continue their service,” Aye noted. “What will members say about how we each reacted to this crisis in seventy-five years? I would hope it would be a legacy of service they celebrate.”

North Central Region award winners included:

  • 2019 North Central Region Character Development Instructor of the Year: Maj Jennifer Smith, Missouri Wing Headquarters.
  • 2019 North Central Region Incident Commander of the Year: Maj Greg Lewis, Group V Headquarters.
  • 2019 North Central Region Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award – Cadet: C/Capt Taran Fletcher, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • 2019 North Central Region Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award – Non-CAP Organization: Branson Airport.
  • 2019 North Central Region Squadron of Distinction: Springfield Regional Composite Squadron.

Annual Missouri Wing unit award winners included:

  • Social Media Use Unit of the Year: Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Aerospace Activity of the Year: Group II HECTV STEM/STEAM live broadcast.
  • Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award – Non-CAP Organization: Branson Airport.
  • Cadet Program of the Year: Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Senior Program of the Year: Gateway Senior Squadron.
  • Squadron of the Year: Springfield Regional Composite Squadron.
  • Quality Cadet Unit Awards (alphabetically): Harry S. Truman Composite Squadron, Lee’s Summit Composite Squadron, Platte Valley Composite Squadron, Springfield Regional Composite Squadron, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron, and Wentzville Composite Squadron.

Annual Missouri Wing individual award winners included:

  • Property Manager of the Year: 2d Lt Micheal Patrick, Gateway Senior Squadron.
  • Historian of the Year: Maj. Linda Redfield, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Safety Officer of the Year: Maj David Brown, Missouri Wing Headquarters,
  • Recruiting and Retention Officer of the Year: Lt. Col. Chuck Stone, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Chaplain of the Year: Chaplain (Capt) Brammer, Parkland Composite Flight.
  • Character Development Character Development Instructor of the Year: Maj Jennifer Smith, Missouri Wing Headquarters.
  • Aircraft Manager of the Year: Capt. Jeff Morton, Charles R. Long Senior Squadron.
  • Aircrew Member of the Year: Capt Kevin Huckaby, Charles R. Long Senior Squadron.
  • Emergency Services Officer of the Year: Maj Greg Lewis, Group V Headquarters.
  • Orientation Pilot of the Year (Most O-rides): Capt Jason Taylor, Springfield Regional Composite Squadron.
  • Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year: Capt William Westfall, Ft. Leonard Wood Composite Squadron.
  • Inspector General of the Year: Lt Col Dan Ranson, Missouri Wing Headquarters.
  • Cadet NCO of the Year: C/CMSgt Zander Sprouse, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Cadet Junior Officer of the Year: C/2d Lt Gabriel Kennon, Parkland Composite Flight.
  • Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award – Cadet: C/Capt Taran Fletcher, Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron.
  • Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award – Senior Member: Capt Nelson Colon, Ft. Leonard Wood Composite Squadron.
  • Inspector General of the Year: Lt. Col. Daniel Ranson, Missouri Wing Headquarters.
  • Squadron Commander of the Year: 1st Lt Liz Johnson, Lake Ozark Regional Composite Squadron.
  • Senior Member of the Year: Capt Ken White, Charles R. Long Senior Squadron.
  • Lt Col John E. Otradovec Lifetime Achievement Award: Lt Col Carolyn Rice, Gateway Senior Squadron.
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