Two advance in CAP cadet program

Courtesy photo: Cadets from the Big Sioux Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol march in the Brookings Fourth of July parade.

BROOKINGS – Two members of Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in the CAP Cadet Program have been promoted, based on excellence. The two cadets earned their ranks by passing aerospace education and leadership written tests and practical tests of physical fitness and military drill. 

Cadets Tobias Justison of Estelline and Clover Naughton of Brookings have completed Achievement Number 1 in the CAP Cadet Program and were promoted to the rank of Cadet Airman.  

The CAP Cadet Program develops young leaders, ages 12 and up. Cadet members are challenged and rewarded with the confidence, self-worth, and accomplishment that comes from rising to the occasion and making a real and measurable difference.

Big Sioux Composite Squadron marches in Brookings Fourth of July Parade 

Several cadets from Big Sioux Composite Squadron marched in the Brookings Fourth of July Parade held in downtown Brookings. Senior members from Big Sioux also participated, assisting the cadets with keeping properly hydrated and protected from the sun.  

Big Sioux’s Color Guard marched just behind the local VFW’s Color Guard, who led the parade. Five cadets – C/Airman Simon Risty, C/Airman First Class Gabriel Risty, C/Airman Levi Murray, C/Chief Master Sergeant Emily Williams and C/Chief Master Sergeant Mitchell Trias – formed Big Sioux’s Color Guard. C/Airman Joshua Lindell and C/Airman Clover Naughton marched with Big Sioux’s banner behind the Color Guard.  

One of Big Sioux’s senior members, 2nd Lieutenant Emily Trias, passed out candy to parade attendees with the assistance of a few potential future cadets, and 2nd Lieutenant Rudy Trias drove one of Big Sioux’s vans. Senior members Capt. Tyler Gross (Big Sioux’s Commander), Senior Member Malissia Lindell, 1st Lieutenant Jodi Williams, and 2nd Lieutenant Destiny Jorenby assisted cadets throughout the parade. 

Big Sioux Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at 413 W. Second St. S. Brookings. If you are an adult (18+) and interested in becoming involved with Civil Air Patrol, contact Squadron Commander Capt. Tyler Gross, via email at [email protected] If interested in joining the cadet program (over age 12, but younger than 18), contact the Deputy Commander of Cadets, 2d Lt. Rudy Trias, via email at [email protected] 

South Dakota Wing, CAP, has over 400 members with units based in Brookings, Custer, Miller/Faulkton, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. The wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams, and small search drones to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.

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