A member of the Tyndall - Panama Composite Squadron and a senior at Rutherford High School in Bay County, has been appointed Chairman of the Southeast Region Cadet Advisory Council.
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Lieutenant Colonel (C/Lt Col) Robert "Hunter" Ward began his one year term August 01, 2013. He made the announcement at the Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Denver where he met with the National Cadet Advisory Council (NCAC) members for the first time.
The Southeast Region council includes 12 representatives, 2 from each wing consisting of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee. In this position he will report to the Southeast Region (SER) Director of Cadet Programs and have direct access to the Region Commander, Colonel Alvin J. Bedgood, to advise him on cadet related issues.
As Chairman, he will be a member of the National Cadet Advisory Council (NCAC) representing the Southeast Region. The council forecasts the future of CAP Cadet Programs and works with these programs at National Headquarters as well as with the National Commander, Major General Charles L. Carr, to encourage Cadet Programs in the direction the cadets want to go.
As the SER CAC Chairman responsibilities include...
1) Receive recommendations from Wing CAC's that affect the region or CAP as a whole. Carefully analyze the argument, revise if necessary, and submit endorsed recommendations to the region commander or the NCAC, as appropriate.
2) Assist NCAC in developing recommendations for the National Commander and Headquarters CAP.
3) Advocate CAC recommendations to region and wing commanders; help build a consensus for them.
C/Lt Col Ward is proud to accept his new position, "I am very honored to be selected for this position. During my final year as a CAP cadet, I will have the privilege to serve on a National Council and be the voice for over 4,000 cadets in the Southeast Region stretching from Puerto Rico to Tennessee. When I first heard of NCAC three years ago and I was aware that it's the highest attainable position for a CAP cadet, it became a mere dream of mine. I still can't fathom that it is now reality".
Other awards C/Lt Ward has received:
- Florida Wing 2011 Cadet of the Year Award (Phase II);
- Southeast Region (SER) 2011 Cadet of the Year Award (Phase II);
- Achievement Award for outstanding service at the Group level (MAY 2012); and
- Air Force Association 2012 Cadet of the Year Award.
After high school, C/Lt Col Ward plans to attend the Air Force Academy and pursue a career as an Air Force pilot.