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40 CAP Cadets Interacting With World's Aviation Community

Forty Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 17-20, gathered at their launching hubs earlier this week 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 began Monday and will end Aug. 7.

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

Of CAP’s more than 26,000 cadets, only 40 are chosen as U.S. ambassadors, making IACE the most competitive and sought-after of CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities. This year's participating cadets represent 38 squadrons in 23 CAP wings.

“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 began this week with flights with their adult escorts to one of two launching hubs: one in Washington, D.C., for those flying to the eastern countries and Canada, and another in San Francisco for cadets flying to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Republic of Korea.

Once in their host countries, cadets meet the exchange participants from other nations. The experience gained as true ambassadors gives these cadets international exposure and lessons they can draw on in their future endeavors.

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. is welcoming 40 cadets from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. This week the visiting cadets will tour Washington, D.C., and the Steven Edvard-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 #IACE2019USA.

Here are the participating CAP members:


Pacific Region

  • Headquarters – Col. Christine O. Lee (escort)

California Wing

  • John J. Montgomery Cadet Squadron 36 – Cadet Maj. Katrina I. Espinoza

Colorado Wing

  • Broomfield Composite Squadron – Cadet Col. Hannah L. Christian

Idaho Wing

  • Pocatello Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Jeff Hawk

Oklahoma Wing

  • Broken Arrow Composite Squadron – Cadet Col. Kurt J. LeVan


Michigan Wing

  • 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Naveen Abraham

Virginia Wing

  • Lynchburg Composite Squadron​ – Cadet Capt. Zechariah Pratt


  • National Headquarters – Brig. Gen. Larry Myrick (escort)

Alabama Wing

  • Bessemer Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. William Sawyer
  • Mountain Lakes Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Timothy B. Cleveland
  • 117th ANG Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Travis Lancaster

Louisiana Wing

  • Lake Charles Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Donald E. Martin III

Maryland Wing

  • Headquarters – Lt. Col. Michael Kathriner (escort)

Massachusetts Wing

  • Goddard Cadet Squadron – Cadet Capt. Samuel Houle

Mississippi Wing

  • Madison Cadet Squadron – Cadet Capt. Joseph A. Crum

New York Wing

  • Canandaigua Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Edwin C. Chesler  
  • Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 – Cadet Maj. Maj. Adam Zachary DeLitta

North Carolina Wing

  • Hickory Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Emmanuel Mathews
  • Tar River Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. George R.A. Green

Puerto Rico Wing

  • Col. Clara E. Livingston Cadet Squadron – Cadet Maj. Edgar Cancel-Berrios

Texas Wing

  • South Fort Worth Diamondback Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Alyssa Kohler and Cadet Capt. Andrea Noelani Chun  

Wisconsin Wing

  • Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. William Voelker

Hong Kong

Florida Wing

  • Pines Miramar Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Conrad Awve
  • Wesley Chapel Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Andrew Nicholas Alayon  

Pennsylvania Wing

  • Reading Composite Squadron 811 – Maj. Maria T. Kantner (escort)


Colorado Wing

  • Montrose Composite Squadron – Cadet Col. Matthew LaJoy

Florida Wing

  • Group 3 Headquarters – Cadet Col. Charles Read

Virginia Wing

  • Monticello Composite Squadron – Maj. Owen Clark (escort)

New Zealand

Minnesota Wing

  • Viking Composite Squadron – Cadet Col. Joseph Taylor

Virginia Wing

  • Newport News Composite Squadron – Maj. Jared L. Mast (escort)

Wisconsin Wing

  • La Crosse Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Mathias Gilliam

Republic of Korea

California Wing

  • San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86 – Lt. Col. Grace Edinboro (escort)

New York Wing

  • Spirit of Tuskegee Cadet Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Alexandra Ramotar

Virginia Wing

  • Coastal Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Saffron Hewitt Qualls

United Kingdom (A)

Georgia Wing

  • Ellijay Composite Squadron – Cadet Col. Melissa N. Mallinak 

Maine Wing

  • 38th Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Nathan Jaffrey

Maryland Wing

  • Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Valerie Purdie

New Mexico Wing

  • T-Bird Composite Squadron 4 – Maj. Daniel R. Bracken (escort)

Ohio Wing

  • 96th Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Emma Kanning

Oregon Wing

  • Washington County Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Aaron Robert Wickenhagen

Virginia Wing

  • Lynchburg Composite Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. John R. Sharp

United Kingdom (B)

Pacific Region

  • Headquarters – Col. Virginia Nelson (escort)

Connecticut Wing

  • Silver City Cadet Squadron – Cadet Capt. Amelia J. Farquharson

Michigan Wing

  • Maj. Kevin A. Adams Memorial Composite Squadron – Cadet Capt. Nea K. Shaffer

Minnesota Wing

  • Anoka County Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Evan John McNair

North Carolina Wing

  • Guilford Composite Squadron – Cadet Maj. Aidan K. Kelley

Ohio Wing

  • Cuyahoga County Cadet Squadron – Cadet Lt. Col. Kristen Septaric

Puerto Rico Wing

  • Lajas Cadet Squadron – Cadet Col. Carliana Isabel Cochran