Civil Air Patrol member earns honor at encampment

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Steamboat Cadet Commander Chief Master Sergeant Noah Gibbs and Senior Airman Garrett Pohlman pose with Wing Honor Cadet Airman 1st Class Joshua Heald after a week at the Civil Air Patrol Colorado Wing Encampment. Cadet Heald received the award of Wing Honor Cadet, the highest award a basic cadet can earn at encampment.

— Cadet Airman 1st Class Joshua Heald, of Steamboat Springs, was selected by command staff as wing honor cadet at the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol encampment June 18 at the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado Springs. Heald was chosen from more than 150 cadets from Colorado and surrounding states who attended the encampment, according to a news release. This is the highest honor a basic cadet can achieve at encampment.

Encampment is an opportunity for cadets to develop self-discipline, confidence and teamwork while broadening their understanding of aerospace.

Heald joined the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron in October, according to the release. He has had two promotions and holds the position as flight sergeant for Steamboat Composite Squadron’s Tango Flight. Heald is a sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School.

Two other cadets from the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron also attended as staff at the Colorado Wing Encampment. Chief Master Sergeant Noah Gibbs attended as Delta Flight Sergeant, and Senior Airman Garrett Pohlman attended as Medical non-commissioned officer, tending to the medical needs of the cadets.

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