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Sechser receives Wright Brothers Award

Joshua Sechser of Jenkins received the Wright Brothers Award in a recent ceremony at the Brainerd VFW Post, marking his entry into the non-commissioned officer phase of cadet leadership in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Joshua Sechser received his Wright Brothers rank insignia, pinned by his parents, Joe and Amber Sechser of Jenkins. Submitted Photo
Joshua Sechser received his Wright Brothers rank insignia, pinned by his parents, Joe and Amber Sechser of Jenkins. Submitted Photo

Joshua Sechser of Jenkins received the Wright Brothers Award in a recent ceremony at the Brainerd VFW Post, marking his entry into the non-commissioned officer phase of cadet leadership in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Maj. Jacob Heffron, commander of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron, presented Sechser with the national recognition.

The Wright Brothers Award is the first milestone award in CAP's cadet leadership program, and is marked by increased responsibility, leadership skills and adherence to CAP's core values.

Cadet Staff Sgt. Sechser is an outstanding cadet whose achievements include graduation from Encampment at Camp Ripley, participation in emergency services training and dedication to being a member of the unit color guard. He was selected as 2014 Airman of the Year for Crow Wing Composite Squadron (CWCS), Honor Cadet at Encampment, and flight guidon bearer for Encampment graduation.

Sechser was a member of the CWCS volleyball team in the state competition at St. Cloud in March. He excels in drill and ceremonies and has been the drill down champion of the month several times.

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Sechser is currently Alpha Flight sergeant at CWCS, with the responsibility of preparing and executing weekly flight plan lessons in drill and ceremonies, uniform wear and cadet leadership classes.

Cadets in the non-commissioned officer phase of cadet leadership become more proficient at mentoring other cadets as well as informal public speaking while conducting their leadership classes. CAP training in cadet leadership, emergency services and aerospace education is a valuable asset to teens for college and military careers as well as for employment skills.

CWCS of CAP, in its capacity as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, has served the Brainerd lakes area since 1944. Cadet and adult members are professionally trained volunteers, participating in leadership training for youth, advancing aerospace education, and providing emergency services to the area.

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