Congratulations to District 7 resident Civil Air Patrol Cadet Major Rebecca Kramer! Cadet Major Kramer has been selected to represent the United States of America in the International Air Cadet Exchange. She will travel to Israel July 18 – Aug. 2. to join other teenagers in an effort to promote goodwill and friendship between future leaders. Rebecca graduated from duPont Manual High School in May and joined the Civil Air Patrol when she was 12 after sparking an interest through the aviation club at Barret Traditional Middle School.

IMG_2327Rebecca is one of only 36 young people in the country to be selected for this year’s exchange. The selection process is very competitive and being selected means that Rebecca has shown a maturity far beyond her age and that she is a true leader in our community. In fact, in order to even apply for the program applicants must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award in the CAP cadet program, which less than 5% of all cadets have achieved.

The International Air Cadet Exchange was started after World War II to promote goodwill and friendship between the young men and women who would one day go on to be leaders in their countries. You can follow Cadet Major Kramer’s journey by following IACE 2017 USA on Facebook.

download (6)The Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center with saving an average of 78 lives annually. The Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 24,000 young people currently participating in the Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program.

This is an enormous honor for Rebecca and a true testament to her commitment to service before self. Rebecca will attend Rose Holman Institute of Technology and plans to study civil engineering. Her goal is to become an officer in the Air Force.