On Nov. 12, Cadet Brendin Peters of Poland, a member of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, received the Amelia Earhart Award, presented by his father, U.S. Air Force Col. Craig Peters, 911th Airlift Wing commander at the Pittsburgh IAP Reserve Station. The Earhart Award is earned by less than 5 percent of cadets across the nation. Peters is the 15,854th cadet in the history of the cadet program of the Civil Air Patrol to earn the award.
The award honors the late Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. She disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin engine Lockheed Electra and her disappearance is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. Upon receiving the Earhart Award, the cadet receives a promotion to the rank of cadet captain. To be eligible for this promotion, Peters had to pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace, leadership and staff duties. In addition to being eligible for scholarships and advanced placement upon enlistment opportunities in the military, Peters may apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange program in which he would travel to other countries to broaden his understanding of aviation and foreign cultures.
Cadet Capt. Peters has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for four years. During his time in CAP, Peters attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Columbus Air Force Base, completed his basic encampment at the United States Air Force Academy, and has been a member of the squadron's nationally-ranked drill team for three years. Additionally, Peters is qualified ground team member and cadet ground team officer for the squadron and has earned his solo pilot wings with nine hours. Peters is also a flight commander in the squadron and is the chair of the Group III Cadet Advisory Council.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Craig Peters, 911th Airlift Wing commander at the Pittsburgh IAP Reserve Station, presents the Earhart Award to his son, Cadet Capt. Brendin Peters.