Civil Air Patrol members honored
Washington County Squadron 601 members were awarded Congressional Recognition certificates for their work with Civil Air Patrol. From left are Capt. Edward Silassy, commander of Washington Squadron 601; award recipients, Cadet Maj. Adam Parker, Capt. Nancy Parker, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Miguel Francisco, Cadet 2nd Lt. Tiffany Trunk; and Col. Sandra Brandon, commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing.
Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington County Chapter received Congressional Recognition from Congressman Timothy Murphy, R-18th District, as well as awards from their squadron for their contributions to the community.
Washington Squadron 601 is a local unit of Civil Air Patrol, an all-volunteer, civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and a nonprofit organization that provides search and rescue, emergency services, youth programs and aerospace education.
The awards were presented to the following members at their annual banquet at Washington Elks Lodge:
• Cadet Capt. Adam Parker, a junior at Peters Township High School, who received the U.S. Air Force Association’s annual Civil Air Patrol Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year award for his exceptional achievements, leadership and commitment to his squadron. A member of Washington Squadron 601 since October 2008, Parker has served as the squadron’s Cadet Advisory Council representative for group one of Southwestern Pennsylvania and also was appointed a state CAC representative for CAP’s Pennsylvania Wing.
• Cadet 2nd Lt. Tiffany Trunk, a senior at Peters Township High School, who earned CAP’s Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, which is presented after a member completes the first eight achievements of the CAP cadet program and passes a 100-question exam testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Awardees are eligible for advanced placement if they choose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as well as advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program. Trunk also received the first-place CAP Balsem National Public Affairs award for her work with Wreaths Across America and raising awareness for U.S. veterans. She has been a member of Washington Squadron 601 since July 2009.
• Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Miguel Francisco, an eighth-grader at Commonwealth Connections Academy in Washington, who was named Cadet of the Year for 2012. Francisco has been a member of the unit since September 2011 and was the squadron’s first member to be honored with CAP’s Community Service Ribbon, which he received for volunteering more than 108 hours for the Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Project, Heroes Without Families, Fallen Soldiers, VA Hospital fundraisers and other charitable organizations.
• Capt. Nancy Parker of Peters Township, a teacher at Bower Hill Elementary School, was named Senior Member of the Year for 2012. In addition, she was presented with the Civil Air Patrol’s Achievement Award. A member of CAP since August 2009, Parker was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the unit, Civil Air Patrol and her community.
“Not only did these members go above and beyond as volunteers for their communities, but they continue to serve as outstanding examples to others in their squadron and Civil Air Patrol members across the country,” said Capt. Edward Silassy, commander of Washington Squadron 601. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of people as part of our unit.”
Washington Squadron 601 meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the National Guard Armory in Washington. For more information about Squadron 601, visit www.squadron601.us or attend a meeting. To learn more about CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.