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Posted: 01/16/13

From left, Col. Franklin Newman presents AFSA Award to Cadet Master Sergeant Rebekah Pedrie of Washington Township.

(Photo courtesy of Carol Vinson)

WT resident given CAP
cadet award for 2012

      The 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) awarded Cadet Master Sergeant Rebekah Pedrie of Washington Twp. the Air Force Sergeants Association Outstanding Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for 2012.
       Lt. Col. Frank Newman, CAP, presented Pedrie with her award. Chosen from the 38 cadets in the squadron, Pedrie has shown a high level of commitment in the squadron by participating actively in volunteer activities as well as taking advantage of many leadership opportunities.
       Joining the squadron in Sept. 2011, Pedrie has been part of the squadron color guard and performed for several ceremonies, including one on the Ambassador Bridge in December 2012 for a special Wreaths Across America ceremony, as well as the Women in Defense Gala in 2011 and 2012 held at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. She also competed in the Michigan Wing Cadet Competition in March 2012.
       Pedrie attended the Great Lakes Region Search and Rescue Academy held in Grayling, as well as the Michigan Wing Summer Encampment in Alpena this past summer. She received the Boehmer Award at the encampment for her outstanding efforts there.
       Formerly a flight sergeant in the squadron, Pedrie is now the new First Sergeant, helping lead the 38 cadets in the unit. She is a valuable asset to the 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron.
       The 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron has 56 members and meets on Thursday from 6:30­ 9:30 p.m. at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Cadets learn leadership skills as well as aerospace education and have many opportunities to volunteer for local community events, as well as learn search and rescue techniques.
       Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 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 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

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