Civil Air Patrol Element promotes four cadets

Lander, Wyoming – On March 31st, 2020, the Fremont County Element of the Yellowstone Regional Composite Squadron promoted four cadets. Clark Bailey completed the requirements for achievement 6, and was recognized with the Doolittle Award. This award is named in honor of Jimmy Doolittle who led the daring airborne raid on Tokyo during WWII and confers the rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. Brothers Nicholas and Tim Stong completed achievement 4 and were recognized with the Civil Air Patrol’s Rickenbacker Award. The award is named after American WWI Ace and accomplished statesman, Eddie Rickenbacker, and confers the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant.

Ciely Daly completed the requirements for Phase I and has earned the Wright Brothers Award. This award is named in honor of pioneer aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and confers the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant. All of these awards recognize excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. It is even more remarkable that, during part of this time, the Civil Air Patrol was significantly affected by Wyoming Statewide Public Health Order no. 2 and Civil Air Patrol’s Internal Memorandum of 14 March 2020 that effectively limited meetings, training and other activities to electronic format. Despite these constraints, squadron activities continued and the cadets completed the requirements for promotion.

h/t Capt. Karl Falken, CAP – C/SSgt Ciely Daly

Also recognized was 2d Lt Lynn Baxter who was appointed Character Development Instructor upon completion of the specialized qualifications for this position. She also serves as Administrative Officer, Finance Officer, Personnel Officer and Testing Officer. Due to WY P.H.O. #2, the regular meeting location of the element, the Lander National Guard Armory, is also closed to public meetings. Therefore, CAP meetings are being held electronically and in groups under 10 persons. The Fremont County element is staying active with continuing Ground Team Member qualification training. CAP nationwide remains currently active with 12 wings and 638 people supporting 17 active missions.


As of 6 April, 2020, out of approximately 66,000 CAP members less than 20 have reported testing positive for the COVID-19 virus and there are no reported deaths among members.

The above information and photos are a press release from Capt. Karl Falken, CAP.

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