On the 10th of July, 2018, the Omaha Composite Squadron was notified that C/Col Meredith Wichman had successfully completed the rigorous knowledge and physical requirements for advancement to the position of Cadet Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. This was the culmination of 3 ½ years of outstanding leadership and volunteer service, not only with Civil Air Patrol, but also as part of her extracurricular involvement at school and in the community. Cadet Wichman has also distinguished herself as the current Nebraska Wing Cadet of the Year.
Immediately after receiving the results of her Spaatz achievement examination, C/Col Wichman departed for the National Blue Beret encampment in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to take part in the busiest airshow in the world; by far, the most visible national activity for the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. It was during her second week at the EAA AirVenture airshow, that CAP’s National Commander, Major General Mark E. Smith surprised C/Col Wichman and presented the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Achievement Award certificate and triple diamond rank to C/Col Wichman, in the presence of the 155 cadets present at the activity. Cadet Wichman was able to pay one last visit to her cadet peers a the Omaha Composite Squadron, and give words of encouragement prior to departing for College.
Cadet Wichman is currently attending Oklahoma State University on a U.S. Air Force ROTC as well as an academic scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, as well as a Professional Aviation degree. Her goal is to receive a commission in the United States Air Force. We wish her the best of luck in her studies and future endeavors.