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Lansing Cadet honored by Air Force Association

information provided by the Civil Air Patrol

LANSING, Ill. (March 19, 2019) – At Civil Air Patrol’s IL Group 2 Winter Ball, representatives of the Air Force Association were on hand to present Cadet of the Year awards to cadets from each squadron.

From left: Major Barbara Buckner, Commander of CAP Thunder Composite Squadron; MSgt John Morgan; Jerry Ashley, President of O’Hare Chapter of the Air Force Association; and Rev. Don Ashley, Aerospace Education Officer of the O’Hare Chapter of the Air Force Association. (Photo provided)

From Lansing’s Thunder Composite Squadron, Chief Master Sergeant John Morgan received the Air Force Association’s Unit Cadet of the Year award for 2018. It was presented by Jerry Ashley, President of the O’Hare Chapter of the Air Force Association, and Rev. Don Ashley, the Chapter’s Aerospace Education Officer.

Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer organization that is an auxiliary program of the U.S. Air Force and was founded in 1941. It is open to youths aged 12–20 and also includes adult senior volunteers. The organization numbers about 60,000 nationwide who support the USAF in emergency response and ground services and also contribute within their communities in public service roles. Cadets benefit from the program through its promotion of air, space, and cyber power as well as leadership opportunities.

Thunder Squadron meets weekly at Heritage Middle School, 19250 Burnham Avenue in Lansing. For more information on the program, visit

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