Civil Air Patrol salutes cadets

By Michelle Costanza

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Three Civil Air Patrol members ranked up Thursday evening for their achievements and commitment.

The quarterly awards ceremony at the Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron 292 sees many young men and women decorating their CAP uniforms every three months.

To earn promotions and recognition though, cadets must prove they are worthy.

"They need to pass an aerospace exam, leadership exam, physical fitness test and drill test. Also they attend character development seminars and sometimes encampment," explained Lt. Col. Rich Bohman, Commander of the squadron.

Excelling in the five facets sometimes lead to a promotion, as two cadets earned Thursday.

Ranks of Cadet Officer and Cadet Captain were attained by the CAP members as their families watched on. Salutes and an echoing "hoo-rah" was accompanied by clapping, and very proud senior members.

"I enjoyed my time flying in the Navy and it brings back memories, I enjoy watching these cadets mature and grow," said Bohman.

One senior member also moved up in rank, now holding position as captain.

Bohman said the CAP is an outstanding leadership program and many cadets take their skills beyond high school.

"We've had cadets go into all the branches of services we've had cadets go on to become commercial pilots," he said.

Brigadier General German, Chief of Staff for the New York Air National Guard, attended the ceremony with the cadets and their families.

The Broome-Tioga branch is an auxiliary organization of the U.S. Air Force. The squadron operates a plane out of Ithaca, and provide search and rescue missions when needed.

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