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38 Cadets Representing U.S. On IACE Visits to Foreign Nations

Thirty-eight Civil Air Patrol cadets from 22 wings gather at their launching hubs Monday before leaving to represent the United States on an international exchange of goodwill and a mutual love of aviation.

Their travels around the world officially begin July 9 and will end on Aug. 1.

Since 1947, the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) has brought together outstanding youth leaders from multiple countries to promote global understanding, and to support the growth of aerospace knowledge around the globe. Today, IACE consists of 19 countries and exchanges over 300 cadets every year.

Of the more than 25,000 cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s 52 wings, only 38 will serve as U.S. ambassadors, making IACE the most competitive and sought-after of CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities.

“Only a select group of our cadets get this opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Peggy Myrick, CAP’s IACE activity director. “As chosen participants, they truly are serving as America’s youth ambassadors, representing the very best of CAP.”

The cadets’ journey begins over the weekend with the youth and their nine escorts flying to one of two launching hubs: one in Washington, D.C., for cadets flying to the eastern countries and Canada, the other in San Francisco for cadets flying to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Israel and the Republic of Korea. Once in their host countries, cadets meet the participants from other countries in the exchange.

The IACE experience is memorable for the cadets as well as the senior members who accompany them.

“The interaction with the world’s aviation community is of great value to all involved,” said Myrick, who has participated in the program for the past 10 years. “I am always amazed at how well our cadets conduct themselves in their host countries and how much they learn about other cultures in just a short time.”

This year the U.S. will welcome 38 cadets from the Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. Over their first three days stateside, these visiting cadets will tour Washington, D.C., and the Steven Udvar-Hazy Aerospace Museum before flying to their host states to learn about American culture and share their passion for aviation.

Follow the cadets' journeys through the U.S. on social media with #IACE2018USA.

Here are this year's CAP participants, listed by destination country and with senior member escorts first:

Australia

Colorado Wing
Headquarters

  • Lt. Col. Jose Hernandez

Arizona Wing
Mohave Valley Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Katherine Hamiel

Indiana Wing
Headquarters

  • Cadet Col. Jodie Gawthrop

New Jersey Wing
Bayshore Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. John Gallagher

Virginia Wing
Lynchburg Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Matthew Bell

Belgium

Virginia Wing
Monticello Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Col. Sarah Brewster

Prince William Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Julie Demyanovich

Canada

Southeast Region
Region Headquarters

  • Lt. Col. Pedro Torres

Alaska Wing
Birchwood Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Claire Porter

California Wing
Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107

  • Cadet Maj. Harmont Grenier

Colorado Wing
Thompson Valley Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Christopher Franklin

Maryland Wing
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Meagan Collins

Ohio Wing
Cuyahoga County Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Daniel Anand

Oklahoma Wing
Edmond Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Jacquelyn Harsha

Texas Wing
Lackland Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Analisa Rojas

Virginia Wing
Coastal Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Mary Black

West Richmond Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Andrew Neblett

Wisconsin Wing
Eau Claire Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Annika Walukas

China

Virginia Wing
Leesburg Composite Squadron

  • Lt. Col. Harry Harting

New York Wing
Mid-Eastern Group

  • Cadet Col. Brian Williams

Pennsylvania Wing
Chester County Composite Squadron 108

  • Cadet Capt. Akash Damle

Hong Kong

Wisconsin Wing
Fox Cities Composite Squadron

  • Lt. Col. Robert Koehler

Minnesota Wing
Wing Headquarters

  • Cadet Col. James Craig

Pennsylvania Wing
Golden Triangle Composite Squadron 603

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Robinson

Israel

Tennessee Wing
Murfreesboro Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Jonah Torp-Pedersen

Texas Wing
Sheldon Cadet Squadron

  • Maj. Jason McDonald

Lubbock Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Andrew Allison

Netherlands

California Wing
Los Angeles Cadet Squadron 138

  • Lt. Col. Charles Wiest

Maryland Wing
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Wyatt Hartman

New Zealand

Southeast Region
Region Headquarters

  • Col. Michael Murrell

Florida Wing
Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Col. Austen King

Illinois Wing
Palwaukee Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Laivi Grossman

Republic of Korea

Pacific Region
Region Headquarters

  • Col. Ned Lee

Texas Wing
Delta Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Shaun Furter

Nighthawk Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Jackson Reed

United Kingdom

Great Lakes Region
Region Headquarters

  • Lt. Col. Paul Kloehn

Georgia Wing
Currahee Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Col. Michael Johannes

Illinois Wing
Springfield Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Kallie Cox

Massachusetts Wing
Hanscom Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Luke Pongratz

Michigan Wing
South Oakland Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Madeline Taylor

Willow Run Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Zachary Honiss

Van Dyke Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Maj. Alyxander Kasprzak

Minnesota Wing
St. Cloud Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Alexander Dvorak

New York Wing
Rochester Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Josiah Lloyd

Rockland Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Lt. Col. Kyle Hammalian

Puerto Rico Wing
Muniz ANG Cadet Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Angelymar Sanchez

Virginia Wing
Prince William Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Nathaniel Hatfield

Wisconsin Wing
153rd Madison Composite Squadron

  • Cadet Capt. Ethan O'Rouke