Cadet takes command of Elkins Civil Air Patrol Cadets

Submitted photo Squadron Commander Maj. Kathleen Dawson, incoming Cadet Commander Second Lieutenant Tyler Chewning and outgoing Cadet Commander First Lieutenant Zachary Tysor are recognized at the squadron Change of Command Ceremony.

ELKINS — Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Chewning of Elkins, assumed command of Civil Air Patrol’s 33rd Composite Squadron at the unit’s Change of Command Ceremony held at the Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport on June 19. Maj. Kathleen Dawson, 33rd Composite Squadron Commander, presided over the ceremony.

Chewning joined Civil Air Patrol in December 2016. Since joining, Chewning has held many position in the squadron, including element leader, flight sergeant and safety NCO. He is a 2017 graduate of Cadet Aviation Ground School. He has also served as a representative on the West Virginia Wing Cadet Advisory Council and completed the West Virginia wing in-residence Cadet Leadership Training Course.

Chewning received the Billy Mitchell Award in May 2019. The Gen. Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone in the cadet program that marks completion of the leadership phase. Only 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets obtain the award, making them eligible for advanced placement to the grade of airman first class (E-3) should they choose to enter the U.S. Air Force.

As cadet commander, Chewning has many responsibilities, including coordination of cadet activities, directing cadet staff officers, ensuring compliance of CAP directives and acting as liaison between senior and cadet staff.

Chewning has been selected to serve as a Flight Commander at the West Virginia Wing Summer Encampment later this summer.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com or www.facebook.com/capelkins/ for more information.