On Monday, Aug. 12, Cadet Emily Conroy, a member of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, received the Amelia Earhart Award, presented by Major Bradley Forrider, the 910th Maintenance Squadron Commander at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The Earhart Award is earned by fewer than 5 percent of cadets across the nation. Conroy is the 16,168th 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. Earhart 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, Conroy 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, Conroy may apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange program in which she would travel to other countries to broaden her understanding of aviation and foreign cultures.
Cadet Capt. Conroy has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for two years, and participated in the squadron's award-winning drill team, which placed first in the nation during the 2013 National Cadet Competition. Also this summer, she was on staff at the Ohio Wing Encampment, held jointly at the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, as the cadet officer in charge of public affairs. Conroy has served in many positions of leadership throughout the squadron and currently serves as the cadet aerospace officer. She has also attended numerous activities, including Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course, Civil Engineering Familiarization Course, and has earned Civil Air Patrol solo pilot wings.
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Major Brad Forrider, USAF, presents Cadet Capt. Emily Conroy, CAP, with the Amelia Earhart Award. Conroy is pictured with her parents, Mimi and Joe Conroy.
Later this month, Conroy will begin attending Youngstown State University to study engineering.
"Cadet Capt. Conroy's dedication to excellence has propelled her to achieve great things within CAP and I look forward to seeing her continue achieving great things." says Lt. Brian Stoneburner, aerospace education officer of Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron.