801st Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol Visits Capitol, State Legislators

April 29, 2014

front row (left to right) – Rep. Richard A. Smith, Stephanie Logue, Shelby Simpson, Sabrina Rautter, Andre Vasquez, Anthony Berardo, Mike Rautter, Connor Guzda. Second row (left to right) – Rep. Jan Giegler, James Byers, Marc Dispenza, Jorge Wismar, Liam McGrath, Isabelle Carney, Sen. Michael McLachlan. Back row (left to right) – Kevin Jenkins, Robert Ettinger, Aaron Mullally, Cord Peterson, Brandon Gasparino, Mark Johnson.

The 801st Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was welcomed to the State Capitol by Sen. Michael McLachlan, Rep. Jan Giegler and Rep. Richard A. Smith on April 28

The squadron, based at New Fairfield High School, was awarded the 2013 Squadron of Merit streamer for the top cadet program in Connecticut. The 801st placed first out of 14 squadrons in the state as determined by an independent awards committee comprised of senior officers from across Connecticut.

The 801st Cadet Squadron has distinguished itself across a number of disciplines including cadet program fundamentals, emergency services and community support. The squadron nearly tripled cadet enrollment in 2012. It was also one of the top squadrons in the Northeast Region in cadet encampment attendance, orientation flights and cadet promotions. The squadron is one of only two school-based programs nationwide to win the Quality Cadet Unit Award three years in a row.

In the five years that the squadron has been in existence, it has established local and state relationships and earned a reputation for helping the community. The squadron’s involvement in numerous community and volunteer activities includes Wreaths Across America, Tunnel to Towers charity run, Relay for Life charity event, Red Ribbon Leadership Academy for Middle School students and a Free Movie Night community event.