Air cadets win Squadron of the Year |

Air cadets win Squadron of the Year

The Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron walked away with many top honors at the Nevada Wing 2000 Conference of the Civil Air Patrol held Nov. 11 in Reno.

In addition to being named “Cadet Squadron of the Year” and “Meritorious Squadron of the Year for Nevada Wing,” several individual members of the squadron had honors bestowed upon them for their many fine accomplishments.

“It’s absolutely amazing because we just started this squad in January,” said 1st Lt. Ron Kato, the squadron’s deputy commander. “They’ve come a long way since then, they’ve done awesome.”

Kato was named “Senior Member of the Year,” and Cadet Technical Sergeant Cameron Bartolini was named “NCO Cadet of the Year.” “Airman of the Year” was awarded to Airman First Class Scott Gilmore.

Several seniors and cadets were awarded Wing Commander’s Commendation Awards: Capt. Pat Northrop, Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron Commander; Capt. Tony DeSantis, Aerospace Education Officer; and 1st Lt. Ron Kato, Deputy Commander for Cadets.

Cadets receiving special commendation awards for achievement were Tech. Sgts. Cameron Bartolini and David Stark for assisting an injured man during the Truckee Railroad Days celebration and Cadet Tech. Sgt. R.J. Kato for leadership.

The Tahoe Truckee Cadet Squadron was reactivated one year ago after 10 years of inactivity. It has become one of the fastest growing and most successful cadet squadrons in the Civil Air Patrol.

Cadets study and participate in emergency services training, aerospace education, community service events, orientation flights, and other local and national activities and encampments. Meetings are held on a regular basis at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

For information, call Lt. Ron Kato at 550-9798.

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