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Wright Brothers Award

The Wright Brothers Award is the CAP Cadet Program's newest milestone award, taking effect on 1 April 2003, in the centennial of Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic first flight.  

Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has a three-fold mission: aerospace education of the American people, emergency services and disaster relief for those in distress, and the cadet program. The cadet program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 27,000 young Americans from 12-20 years of age. With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state and local levels and the US Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.

This structured program is divided into 16 segments called achievements, each involving study and performance in the five program areas:  leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, moral leadership, and activities. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships. Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade.

The first milestone of this endeavor is the Wright Brothers Award, which is earned after completing Phase I, "The Learning Phase," consisting of the first three achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass a challenging examination testing leadership knowledge and proficiency in drill and ceremonies. 

Once a cadet earns the Wright Brothers Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant, begin service as cadet non-commissioned officers, and continue to participate and advance as cadets in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol.


THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AWARD TO DATE.

 AWARD #
 DATE NAME
154/2003Bradley Hrinko
715/2003Joshua Clegg
3258/2003Heather Skopic
3568/2003Steve Csernik
93011/2003Steven DeVore
10852/2004Daniel Kish
1211
2/2004
 Christian Kotheimer
14073/2004Eric Thompson
1662
5/2004Trevor Merrow
2000
7/2004Jacob Tornow

9/2004
Nicholas Tornow
23549/2004
James Evans, Jr.
2717
11/2004
Joseph Gabriel
3506
4/2005Ryan Ditchey
5424
2/2006Anthony Leppert
5605
5/2006Michael Hnat
5907
7/2006
Bryan Thomas
5966
7/2006
Zachary Forrider
71342/2007Dyllon Pifer
8350
8/2007Joseph Spletzer
888511/2007Sheldon Grayson
913612/2007Andrew Mackey
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4/2008
Alberto Ciccone
----   4/2008Trent Zank
102048/2008
Spencer Campbell
---- 
10/2008
Olivia Bland
11676
4/2009
Michael Rothacker, Jr.
117014/2009Erin Fetters
12124 
6/2009
Isaac Woolley
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8/2009Anthony Spina (Cihan)
12402
8/2009
Trenton Wyant
13487
1/2010
Jared Holt
134881/2010
Ryan Cain
13615
2/2010
Jessie Bolen
13616
2/2010
Caleb Santiago
14067
4/2010
Brendin Peters
140684/2010
Nathaniel Forrider
14237
5/2010Jacci Acierno
14314
5/2010
Wyatt Hartman
14574
6/2010
Aubry Lindauer
14603
6/2010
Elizabeth Stoneburner
14731
7/2010Daniel Kennedy
148167/2010
Daniel Clegg
149978/2010Seth Staudacher
15294
 9/2010Megan Beatty
1569011/2010Andrew Stoneburner
1569111/2010
Jacob Ezzo
1575811/2010Felix Martin
16163
1/2011
Leo Lindauer
165161/2011
Mercer Martin
165152/2011Avery Mauger
169384/2011
Tyler Killa
16939
4/2011Tibius Kegley
17002
4/2011Austen Peters
174696/2011Ryan Marshburn
18138
9/2011
Sean Beatty
1845710/2011
Caleb Durfee
18718
11/2011
Emily Conroy
19208
1/2012Matthias Lewis
19556
2/2012
Jackson Benegasi
195572/2012
Vanessa Betz
19558
2/2012
Trent Lindsay
198073/2012Jesse Bailey
19971
4/2012Shawn Bailey
20965
7/2012Christmas Rowlands
215439/2012Brian Haight
21826
10/2012
Robert Wilt
2227911/2012Samuel Mines
226711/2013Brian Hunter, Jr.
239824/2013
Connor O'Kane
23983
5/2013
Michael Gentile
245167/2013
Ethan Lint
245177/2013
Matthew Chamberlain
25211
9/2013Dylan Pipic
2543610/2013Morgan Witiver
2589611/2013Samuel Boyd
2589712/2013Sarah Gruber
2593712/2013Chelsea Mann
260961/2014Travis Gruber
260971/2014Lauren Zetts
262912/2014Cyrel Newcome
264992/2014Michael Pack
265603/2014Kyle McDonough
273566/2014Cyler Reed
276747/2014Paulina Baluck
2836210/2014Emma Kanning
2836310/2014Jonathan Meals 
2863211/2014Vitaly DiTommaso
290781/2015Shay Johnson
296793/2015Allyson Spay
30757
7/2015Patrick Kennedy
30758
7/2015
Kira Bowman
30759
7/2015
Zoe Bowman
31011
8/2015
Brandon Holk
31012
8/2015
Jason Fabian
31021
8/2015
Annamarie Paolucci
312759/2015Carissa Hartley
312769/2015Amanda Vyse
31800
11/2015
Tanner Mackall
32067
12/2015
Kaitlyn Johnson
332645/2016
Brent Pollard
337527/2016
Andrew Parent
34530
10/2016
Zachary Bernard
34636
10/2016
Zachary Freyn
3494911/2016Joon Kim
355772/2017
De'von McNeely
36190
4/2017
Isaac Foust
364035/2017Mackenzie Johnson
36767 6/2017 Aaron Hunt
 36891 7/2017Jayla McNeely 
 369857/2017 Elizabeth Johnson