Civil Air Patrol

Cadets earn AE STEM badge

In November 2020, the Arizona Wing Aerospace Education team launched a challenge for cadets to earn the STEM Basic badge, which is authorized for wear on the USAF-style blue uniform and is added to their permanent personnel record. Earning this badge requires achievement of the Mary Feik award, 12 hours of study from a list of approved aerospace topics and a career dossier on a profession from one of the studied topics.

The challenge was to complete this work over the holiday break and prior to the deadline of January 31, 2021. Arizona Wing is providing these cadets with their STEM badges. Assistant Director of Aerospace Education Maj. Bob Kaye developed several curriculum tracks that the cadets were able to follow to complete this accomplishment.

“It has been a tough year for cadets with involvement being remote,” said Wing Director of Aerospace Education Maj. Ron Marks. “We are proud of each of these members for their hard work over the holiday break.”

The following Arizona Wing cadets achieved this STEM award:

Cadet NameGradeSquadron
Elainea FranklinC/CMSgtYuma
Liam ProctorC/2LtWillie
Colton QuackenbushC/2LtDavis Monthan
Gavin MeelhuysenC/CMSgtDeer Valley
Christabel ReinkeC/SMSgtDeer Valley
Bunyan ReinkeC/SrADeer Valley
Caleb MillerC/SMSgtDeer Valley
Dean KearnC/2LtEloy

Three cadets who completed the STEM badge requirements will be eligible to receive the badge once they have earned their Mary Feik Award and been promoted to cadet senior airman. They are: C/Airman Jack Hopkins, Neotoma Squadron; C/Airman Annabel Peltzer, Sky Harbor Squadron; and C/Airman 1st Class Mia Snyder.

Marks also noted that recruit Jeff Hess has not yet attained the age allowing him to join Show Low Squadron as a cadet. “He has however been working diligently and enthusiastically on various initiatives to prepare himself for membership in Civil Air Patrol,” Marks said. “He completed the tasks in this challenge in the time allotted and while he cannot formally complete this decoration, we wanted to recognize him and congratulate him for his hard work.”

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