Millington Composite Squadron recently held an awards ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments and activities of its members in 2015. Nearly 100 people were in attendance for the evening, which included two Change of Commands, numerous awards and promotions.
Captain Ruben Barrett was formally recognized for his appointment as Squadron Commander 6 months prior, while Cadet Commander Blake Burgess handed over the reins to his successor Christian Littlejohn. Littlejohn received the esteemed Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted to Second Lieutenant.
Chaplain Maj Don VonBuskirk was recognized for his 10 years of service to Civil Air Patrol, and Deputy Commander of Cadets Timothy Rivers received the Achievement Award for his outstanding service to the cadet program at MCS. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain.
Five cadets were recognized as the squadron's first Cyber Patriot team: Blake Burgess, Christian Littlejohn, Lee Arnold, Sean Srock, and Haleigh Woodruff. Following the awards ceremony the team went on to 1st place in Tennessee for their division.
Numerous cadets received promotions, were recognized for having their first flight, and were presented with various awards. Two cadets, Lucas Shelton and Shane Boothe, were recognized for outstanding service during a recent missing person search. Captain Barrett praised the members for all their hard work and all the parents for their support of the cadets.
The event was held at the Baker Community Center in Millington.
Millington Composite Squadron is a unit of the Civil Air Patrol, the nation's US Air Force Auxiliary. It conducts search and rescue missions for missing aircraft, assists with disaster relief and missing person searches, promotes aerospace education, and conducts a quality cadet program.