Lewisburg Civil Air Patrol Cadet England earns Earhart Award

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Cadet Captain Heidi England recently earned and was presented the Amelia Earhart Award by State Representative Rick Tillis.
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Lewisburg, Tenn. Cadet Captain Heidi England recently earned and was presented the Amelia Earhart Award by State Representative Rick Tillis.

The Amelia Earhart Award is given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory. In additional, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam, and lead moral leadership discussions.

Only three percent of the 22,000 CAP cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award.

With this award, Cadet England receives a promotion to the rank of cadet captain. The award is named in honor of the pilot who lost her life while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Cadet Captain England is currently serving in the Southern Middle Tennessee Composite Squadron in Lewisburg, TN. For more information about CAP membership in the Southern Middle Tennessee Composite Squadron that meets in Lewisburg, contact Jeff England at (931) 637-2923.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 55,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.