Two Arizona Wing cadets were selected to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), which represents the United States to citizens of countries all over the world. Cadet Maj. Jacob Little is visiting New Zealand and Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Roach is visiting South Korea this month to work with other teenagers from more than 19 countries, learning about them and sharing their mutual love for aviation and youth leadership.
Cadets Little and Roach are two of only 36 people in the country to be selected for this year’s exchange. Lt Col. Peggy Myrick is the director of the Exchange in America. “It’s very competitive,” said Myrick, “and being selected means showing a maturity far beyond one’s age and being a true leader in their community.” Applicants must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award in the CAP cadet program, which fewer than 5 percent of all cadets achieve.
Both cadets are members of Deer Valley Composite Squadron 305 in Phoenix. Roach is the former cadet commander in the squadron and was succeeded in that position by Little.
The International Air Cadet Exchange was started after World War II to promote goodwill and friendship between the young men and women who would one day go on to be leaders in their countries. “It’s one of the greatest programs I’ve ever been a part of,” said Lt Col. Lisa Bergeron. Bergeron went to Austria as a cadet in 1978 and still serves as a tour guide in Washington, DC, where foreign cadets first arrive to the United States. This year Civil Air Patrol will be hosting 36 ambassadors to America. You can follow the journeys of Cadets Little and Roach at the IACE 2017 USA Facebook page.