CAP cadets receive recognition during 601st AOC tour

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental  U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance to Civil Air Patrol Cadet/Colonel Iriolexis Encalada, Pines-Miramar Cadet Squadron, during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday. Encalada distinguished herself as the newest Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient in CAP’s Florida Wing, an achievement accomplished by less than one percent of cadets in the program.  Encalada and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. She also served as the cadet commander of the encampment. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance to Civil Air Patrol Cadet/Colonel Iriolexis Encalada, Pines-Miramar Cadet Squadron, during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday. Encalada distinguished herself as the newest Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient in CAP’s Florida Wing, an achievement accomplished by less than one percent of cadets in the program. Encalada and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. She also served as the cadet commander of the encampment. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental  U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance to Civil Air Patrol Cadet /Lieutenant Colonel  Alexander English, Central Florida Composite Squadron, during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday.  English is a CAP Bronze Medal of Honor  Recipient who distinguished himself by saving a cadet from imminent harm  when a tornado threatened the camper shelter where the cadet sought refuge. English  ran to the camper and brought the cadet to the safer shelter of a van only minutes before the tornado struck and flipped the camper. English and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance to Civil Air Patrol Cadet /Lieutenant Colonel Alexander English, Central Florida Composite Squadron, during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday. English is a CAP Bronze Medal of Valor Recipient who distinguished himself by saving a cadet from imminent harm when a tornado threatened the camper shelter where the cadet sought refuge. English ran to the camper and brought the cadet to the safer shelter of a van only minutes before the tornado struck and flipped the camper. English and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental  U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance  to Civil Air Patrol Cadet/2d Lieutenant  Steven Conway of Lake Composite Squadron Fl-021 during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday. Conway is a CAP Silver Medal of Honor recipient who distinguished himself when, during a visit to a local store, he rushed to a store worker under attack by a man wielding a knife. He pulled the man off the worker and is credited by police for probably saving the woman’s life. The attacker fled but was subsequently captured by authorities shortly thereafter. Conway and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander, presents his commander’s coin for recognition of superior performance to Civil Air Patrol Cadet/2d Lieutenant Steven Conway of Lake Composite Squadron Fl-021 during a CAP cadet tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday. Conway is a CAP Silver Medal of Valor recipient who distinguished himself when, during a visit to a local store, he rushed to a store worker under attack by a man wielding a knife. He pulled the man off the worker and is credited by police for probably saving the woman’s life. The attacker fled but was subsequently captured by authorities shortly thereafter. Conway and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Three members of the Florida Civil Air Patrol Wing each received a commander's recognition of superior performance coin from the Continental U.S. Aerospace Defense Command Region - 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) commander during a tour of the 601st Air Operations Center Wednesday morning.

Lt. Gen. William Etter presented his coin to C/2d Lt. Steven Conway of Lake Composite Squadron Fl-021, C/Lt Col Alexander English, Central Florida Composite Squadron, and C/Col Iriolexis Encalada, Pines Miramar Cadet Squadron.

Conway is a recent recipient of the CAP Silver Medal of Valor for his actions April 25 when, during a visit to a local store, he rushed to aid a store worker under attack by a man wielding a knife. According to the decoration narrative, "With complete and total disregard for his own personal safety, Cadet Lieutenant Conway immediately jumped into action and pulled the man off of the victim." The attacker then fled and was caught nearby. Conway was subsequently lauded for exemplifying "the best traditions and ideals of Civil Air Patrol Humanitarian Service" and police credited him with probably saving the woman's life.

English is a recipient of the CAP Bronze Medal of Valor for his actions March 23, 2013, when he came to the aid of another cadet in imminent danger of an approaching tornado.  While at the Tico Warbird Airshow 2013, in Titusville, Fla., there was a tornado warning issued with all cadets ordered to cease activities and immediately seek safety inside nearby vans. English saw a lone cadet seek shelter in a pop-up camper instead and immediately ran to the camper to bring the cadet to the safety of a van. Almost at the same time, the tornado twisted through, flipping the camper. The decoration narrative attributes his quick-thinking and utter disregard for own safety with saving the cadet from serious injury and possibly loss of life.

Encalada distinguished herself as the newest Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient in CAP's Florida Wing, an achievement accomplished by less than one percent of cadets in the program. Recipients of this award meet some exacting standards to include progressing through 16 achievements and four milestones of the CAP Cadet Program and demonstrating considerable commitment to physical fitness and living CAP's Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect.

"The outstanding efforts of these cadets fill me with a great sense of pride as their actions reflect such a genuine, real-world commitment to both CAP and Air Force Core Values that encompass selfless service, excellence and sacrifice," Etter said. "I wish each of them all the best in their future endeavors; they've certainly built a firm foundation to work from."

Encalada and the other cadets were visiting the 601st AOC as part of their annual week-long winter encampment event at Tyndall designed provide an in-depth orientation to the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. She also served as the cadet commander of the encampment.