Sugar Valley Dines Out to Celebrate Achievements

Sugar Valley Dines Out to Celebrate Achievements

30 Jan 2014

On 14 January, over seventy Civil Air Patrol cadets, senior (adult) members, family members and friends gathered at Sugar Valley Airport for the local squadron’s first “Dining Out.” The Dining Out is a CAP tradition where members celebrate their successes and enjoy the company of family and friends. The newly formed cadet honor guard presented the colors at the beginning of the evening.

Cadets enjoy Sugar Valley's well-deserved reputation for great food (photo by 2d Lt Deborah Leighton, NC052/PAA).

Cadets enjoy Sugar Valley’s well-deserved reputation for great food (photo by 2d Lt Deborah Leighton, NC052/PAA).

The occasion highlighted the Civil Air Patrol’s first seven months at the airport. The squadron, consisting of more than 40 adults and cadets (ages 12 to 18) has exceeded all expectations of its leaders and has garnered praise from around the state. Lt Col Eric Orgain of Clemmons, squadron commander and a 10 year veteran of CAP, stated, “People throughout CAP in North Carolina are talking about the extraordinary accomplishments of the Sugar Valley Squadron in only seven months.” 

During the evening members and guests were treated to a delicious potluck meal coordinated by CAP mother, Tammy Phillips. The “President of the Mess,” Maj Matthew Phillips of Bermuda Run, presided over the program. Lt Col Orgain related several examples of how the squadron members, both seniors and cadets, are achieving advancement and rank at an extraordinary pace. A photographic history of the Sugar Valley squadron was shown and narrated beginning with photographs of the historic Davie County squadron in the early 1960s. The photographs were provided by retired CAP Lt Col James Williams of Salisbury, who worked with the Davie Squadron and who was a special guest for the evening.

The night ended with numerous awards including the Cadet of the Year Award to C/SSgt Benjamin Phillips of Clarksville (who was later recognized with the AFA Cadet of the Year award) and Senior Member of the Year award to Capt Stephen Leighton of Farmington, the squadron’s executive officer. Capt Michael Michel of Winston Salem received the Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award for his work with the cadets, and Maj Phillips was recognized for leadership in Emergency Services. A special award of appreciation was given to Sugar Valley Airport for its support of the local squadron.

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  1. Maj Matthew Phillips /

    Thanks to everyone who made this a great event. I was particularly proud of the leadership, hospitality, and esprit de corps demonstrated by our cadets.

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