CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 68th annual West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Conference and Banquet was held recently in Charleston.
Among the estimated 230 attendees were eight cadets and eight senior members from the Martinsburg Composite Squadron.
The conference included many educational opportunities, including seminars on drug demand reduction, safety, flight operations and public affairs.
The guest speaker was Brig. Gen. James A. Hoyer, director, Joint Staff, West Virginia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters.
During the course of the evening, Hoyer presented Cadet Col. Mark R. Guiney of the Martinsburg squadron with the cadet program's highest award, the Gen. Carl A Spaatz Award. It is estimated that only about five out of 1,000 cadets who join CAP will achieve the Spaatz Award during their service as cadets. Along with the award, the cadet receives a promotion to cadet colonel
Guiney, a cadet since 2003, has earned numerous awards and commendations through his involvement in CAP, including the Gen. Ira Eaker Award, Commander's Commendation, Unit Citation, Air Force Association Award, VFW Outstanding Cadet Award and the Red Service Ribbon.