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New Hampshire Wing Members Recognized with Awards

CONCORD, N.H. — Top performing Civil Air Patrol members from across the Granite State were recognized for their contributions to advancing the readiness, missions, and performance of New Hampshire Wing in a virtual ceremony earlier this summer.

The awards, for mission activity and duty performance throughout 2019, were originally scheduled to be presented during a March 2020 wing-wide conference which was canceled due to coronavirus precautions.

The wing commander made a point to highlight the recipient of the Jeffrey Holmes Cadet Leadership Award, named in honor of a former New Hampshire Wing cadet who later joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. “I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight former New Hampshire wing commander Colonel Bill Moran for receiving the Jeffrey Holmes Cadet Leadership Award. Colonel Moran has been instrumental in the development and growth of the cadet program at the Mount Washington Squadron in Whitefield,” said Col. Ninness. “This squadron is our youngest and smallest at the moment, and his leadership and dedication to building the CAP cadet program in Coos County is reflected in this award.”

Award Recipients

The following Civil Air Patrol members received awards.

Gill Robb Wilson Award
Civil Air Patrol’s highest award for professional development, recognizing the completion of the final of five increasingly complex tiers of leadership and personal advancement.
Lt. Col. Anna Hullinger
Lt. Col. Keith Lauder

Property Management Officer of the Year
Capt. Marc Cray

George Texido Legislative Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Bruce Determann

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Peter Hughes
*also selected as the Northeast Region Aerospace Education Officer of the Year

Wing Nominee to Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award: Cadet Category
Cadet 2nd. Lt. Noah Robinson

Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
Cadet Master Sgt. Grace Cornell

Col. David Kantor Operations Staff Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Bruce Determann
*also selected as the Northeast Region Operations Staff Officer of the Year

Ed Lewis Incident Staff Member of the Year
Lt. Col. Sandy Riis
*also selected as the Northeast Region Incident Staff Member of the Year

Communicator of the Year
Lt. Col. Brian Riis
Lt. Col. T. Keith Riddle Aircrew Member of the Year
1st. Lt. Michael Rizzi

Top Prop
Awarded to the pilot in New Hampshire Wing who during the year has flown the most hours in New Hampshire Wing aircraft and in any Civil Air Patrol aircraft, respectively.

Top Prop New Hampshire
Lt. Col. Walter Brown, 124.9 hours flown
Top Prop Overall
Maj. Jeffery Adams, 167.5 hours flown

Squadron Commander of the Year
Lt. Col. Russell Morin, Manchester Composite Squadron

Squadron of Merit
Concord Composite Squadron

Jeffery Holmes Cadet Leadership Award
Col. Bill Moran

Cadet of the Year
Cadet Lt. Col. Kira Wood

Senior Member of the Year
Capt. Marc Cray

Commander’s Commendation Award
Cadet Lt. Col. Elizabeth Forbush

Quality Cadet Unit Awards
An annual designation awarded by Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters for cadet squadrons which meet a selection of objective and challenging criteria measuring program fundamentals and performance.
Seacoast Composite Squadron
Greater Nashua Composite Squadron
Concord Composite Squadron
Hawk Composite Squadron



Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.

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