Two local Civil Air Patrol cadets promoted

Two cadets were honored at an awards ceremony held by the Thames River Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Daniel S. Hollingsworth received the General Ira C. Eaker Award and was promoted to cadet lieutenant colonel. Cadet Ryan P. Schantz received the General Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted to cadet second lieutenant.

To qualify for the Eaker Award, Hollingsworth had to complete an 18-step program demonstrating proficiency in leadership, physical fitness, and aerospace education. He also had to attend Cadet Officer School and pass a rigorous speech and writing requirement.

Hollingsworth is a Montville resident and has been a member of the Thames River Composite Squadron for almost five years.

Schantz lives in Gales Ferry, is home schooled, and has been a member of the Thames River Squadron for three years.

Only 5 percent of CAP's cadet corps earn the Mitchell Award. Schantz completed an eight-step program in leadership, aerospace education, and physical training which culminated in practical demonstrations of ability and a 100-question test.

Both cadets were honored by the Connecticut State Legislature and were presented citations. Hollingsworth received his from state Rep. Kevin Ryan, D-Montville, and state Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, from the 20th District. Schantz received his citation from state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and state Rep. Mike France, R-Ledyard.

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. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.

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