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Civil Air Patrol cadet receives squadron recognition
Cadet of the quarter
C/CMSgt Jacob Flannery receives the Cadet of the Quarter Recognition from Capt. Jeff Lariscy. - photo by Photo submitted

RINCON --  Cadet Chief Master Sergeant (C/CMSgt) Jacob Flannery has earned title Cadet of the Quarter for the Effingham Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP). 

Flannery attended all squadron meetings in , passed two written exams toward earning his next achievement. Additionally, he excelled and passed his Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT). Finally, Flannery achieved a promotion during the quarter.

The Cadet of the Quarter recognition was recently implemented within the squadron to encourage friendly competition among the cadets. Cadets earn one point for each meeting attended, three points for any weekend activity attended (for example, piloting a Cessna on a Saturday), eight points for any multi-day activities (e.g. summer encampment), eight (8) points for renewing their membership, five  points for passing a leadership or aerospace exam (eight points if they score more than a 90), two or four points for passing a uniform inspection (satisfactory or excellent), eight points for earning a promotion, two   points for winning a “drill down," five points for earning a badge, five points for bringing a visitor with them and 10 points for actually recruiting a new member. Additional points can be earned for performing community service outside of CAP activities as well as demonstrating leadership within the squadron or outside of the squadron activities. These point values are determined by the squadron Deputy Commander and Commander.

“The competition for the award this first quarter was very close as most of our cadets have been working hard to progress in the program," said Capt Jeff Lariscy, who worked with other senior members to implement the Cadet of the Quarter recognition program. 

Maj Mark Knight, a former cadet and now a senior member, has been extremely impressed with the cadets’ dedication to themselves and the CAP Cadet Program.

“I expect that the group will grow to be more competitive with the addition of a recognition each quarter that reflects their hard work and achievements throughout that period,
 Lariscy added.

Lariscy expects to see the cadets continue to excel, recruit and encourage others and share the benefits of the program that they have already experienced.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for over 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information, or visit our Effingham Cadet Squadron Tuesday evenings @ 6:30 at 501 Richland Avenue, Building 119.

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