#Smiles: Wind River Composite Squadron promotes cadet

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    (Lander, WY) – On March 28th, Cadet Aquinas “Quin” Lasnoski was promoted by the Wind River Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He completed the requirements for Achievement 1 and received the Curry Award.

    This award is named for Maj Gen John F. Curry who served as Civil Air Patrol’s first National Commander. It confers the grade of Cadet Airman. While it is the first achievement in the cadet program, it is still a significant accomplishment.

    Some of the basic criteria are to possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly, recite the Cadet Oath from memory, and participate actively in unit meetings, shared Squadron Commander Capt Karl Falken.

    All of the CAP cadet achievements recognize excellence in four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.

    The Leadership component for Achievement 1 requires the cadet to pass an online test on the first chapter of Learn To Lead with a grade of 80% or higher, open-book. The candidate for this achievement must also pass a challenging fitness test in endurance, strength, coordination and flexibility.

    A third requirement is to complete the Cadet Wingman Course. Some qualities that are also expected are a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and being team-oriented.

    “Cadet Lasnoski aced this test with exceptionally high scores,” Capt Falken said. “Quin, as he likes to be called, has already shown exceptional potential and we expect great things from him in the near future.”

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