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Civil Air Patrol awards Amelia Earhart Award to Ezra Russell

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Photo submitted Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Ezra Russell receives the Amelia Earhart Award from Capt. Kirk Gustafson, unit commander of Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron.

Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Ezra Russell has been awarded the Amelia Earhart Award and has been promoted to the rank of cadet captain. C/Capt. Russell was presented his award by Capt. Kirk Gustafson, unit commander of Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron. This award honors the late Amelia Earhart who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart was a pioneer who set many records including being the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. To earn this award, cadets must have earned their Billy Mitchell Award, passed two comprehensive exams covering leadership theory and aerospace topics, written a staff duty analysis, completed the cadet physical fitness test and served as a staff member.

Russell, a CAP member since February 2014, is an active member of the Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron where he currently serves as cadet commander. Russell has served as Foxtrot flight commander for the 2016 Phantom Encampment, Echo Flight Sergeant for the 2015 Blackbird Encampment, and he has attended the NWR Powered Flight Academy where he successfully earned his solo wings. This summer Russell is heading to Cadet Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Now that Russell has earned the Amelia Earhart Award, he is eligible to apply for the International Cadet Exchange Program which he plans on doing next summer.

This is a huge achievement in the Civil Air Patrol; only 5 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide obtain the Amelia Earhart Award.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Civil Air Patrol, please visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com to find a local squadron.

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