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C/Capt Carmen Adamson Receives Her Amelia Earhart Award

Weinflash presents award to cadet
NC Wing Chief of Staff, Lt Col Joe Weinflash (left) presents C/Capt Carmen Adamson with her Amelia Earhart Award. Photo Credit: 1st Lt H.J. Bentley, III, CAP (click image to view full size)
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NC Wing Chief of Staff oversees Award ceremony in Charlotte

5/25/2018––C/Capt Carmen Adamson was recently recognized at a special promotion ceremony at the 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron for achieving one of the most prestigious honors that a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) can earn - the Amelia Earhart Award. The Amelia Earhart Award is one of the five milestone awards a cadet can earn as they progress in the CAP cadet program. 

More than 50 of C/Capt Adamson's fellow squadron members, friends and family watched as she was presented with her Award certificate and her new rank by the North Carolina Wing's Chief of Staff, Lt Col Joe Weinflash.
The Amelia Earhart Award is the third of five milestone awards that CAP cadets can earn. Named for the groundbreaking aviation pioneer, cadets who earn the award must live up to Earhart’s standards of excellence and earn the grade of Cadet Captain. Achievement of this milestone award requires successful completion of leadership and aerospace exams, a rigorous physical fitness test and demonstration of leadership abilities including principles of officership and the responsibilities of command. Approximately 5 percent of CAP cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award. 
C/Capt Adamson, a student at Charlotte Catholic High School, joined the 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron in Feb 2015. She currently serves as the squadron's Cadet Deputy Commander. She is leaving shortly for the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. The Merchant Marine Academy is one of five United States service academies. The United States service academies are federal academies for the undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers for the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Carmen represents the best our program has to offer and we are both happy and sad to see her leave,” said Maj Sherry Haskell, Commander of the 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron. “Our loss is the nation's gain, as the Merchant Marine Academy accepts Carmen and takes over by continuing to polish and train future leaders for America,” Maj Haskell added.