The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) officially opened a Composite Squadron at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) on the Sun ’n Fun campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.
The new squadron boasts 59 cadets and 17 senior members under the command of newly commissioned First Lieutenant Lori Bradner.
“More than 18 months ago, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Pollock asked for assistance in starting a CAP squadron here at CFAA,” said Bradner. “We spent a lot of time learning from Commander Christopher Latocki and his team at the Chuck Yeager Squadron in Brandon, Fla.”
“Prior to exploring all the CAP has to offer, I didn’t know a great deal about the organization,” continued Bradner. “But after the last year and a half of learning, I’m confident the student cadets and adult senior members couldn’t be paired up with a better organization.”
The past three to four months have been hectic with recruiting. Pollock played a leading role in recruiting fellow students to join CAP, she said, noting, “in fact, Cadet Pollock coordinated the rifle team demonstration to start the ceremony.”
In a display of partnership, Air Force ROTC Lieutenant Colonel John Miller pinned Bradner’s First Lieutenant rank at the ceremony.
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