On March 6th, 2017, the Omaha Composite squadron held its monthly promotions ceremony and a combined Cadet and Senior member change of command ceremony.
C/Capt. Elizabeth Nelson led her final promotion ceremony as Cadet Commander. The ceremony culminated with her own promotion to the rank of C/Capt and reaching the Amelia Earhart achievement milestone. The following cadets were recognized before a large audience of squadron and Wing representatives, as well as family members:
- C/A1C Nathan Ireland – Promoted to C/SrA
- C/SSgt Noach Hayward – Promoted to C/TSgt
- C/2dLt Meredith Wichman – Promoted to C/1stLt
- C/CMSgt Bryce Moran – Billy Mitchell Milestone
- C/1stLt Elizabeth Nelson – Amelia Earhart Milestone
- Cadet of the Month: C/TSgt Noach Hayward
Congratulations to all the cadets who promoted for their hard work and dedication!
Following the Promotion Ceremony, C/Capt Nelson relinquished her command and was transferred immediately to C/2dLt Bryce Moran. C/2dLt Moran, who will lead the Cadet corps for the next half year, was selected as the new Cadet Commander based on his exceptional resumé of CAP achievements, participation, community service, qualifications and vision for the cadet program.
Both the outgoing and incoming cadet commanders addressed the audience and wished each other well as they assume their next role.
The Senior change of Command took place immediately afterward. Outgoing OCS Commander, LtCol Robert McCartney handed the squadron flag to LtCol Darrell McMillan, Wing Vice Commander, and relinquished his command. Maj. John Pineda accepted command of the squadron by receiving the OCS flag. The Squadron owes a HUGE debt of gratitude to Lt. Col McCartney for his exceptional leadership in leading the squadron for nearly 5 years. Maj. Pineda plans to continue this trend, and will strive to continue expanding both Senior and Cadet programs to realize the goal of making every volunteer member of the squadron feel that they are an integral part of the entire Civil Air Patrol organization.