NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — New Fairfield resident Cadet Kevin Jenkins was promoted to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel after being presented with the General Ira C. Eaker Award.
Connecticut Wing Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Ridley presented the award, along with 399th Composite Squadron Commander, Major Joseph Bisnov, at the squadron’s headquarters located at Danbury Municipal Airport.
A mere 2 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve this award, with Jenkins being the 3,041st recipient.
Jenkins joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2012 and earned the Eaker Award after completion of the first 16 achievements and three milestones in the CAP cadet program.
“I have held quite a few positions in the squadron that include flight sergeant, flight commander, emergency services officer, leadership officer, and deputy commander,” Jenkins said.
He also served as cadet commander for the New Fairfield Cadet Squadron before transferring to the 399th.
In addition to those positions he’s received four achievements awards for various duties, the Commander’s Commendation from Connecticut Wing, the Northeast Region Brewer Award for achievement in the aerospace program, and Connecticut Wing Cadet of the Year.
Jenkins's training includes graduating from Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and programs such as Hawk Mountain Ranger School and Pararescue Orientation School.
He’s served on encampment staff for three years, first as flight sergeant (2013), executive officer (2014), and as cadet commander of the 2015 Connecticut Wing Encampment.
Currently Jenkins serves as advisor to the 399th Composite Squadron’s cadet commander.
He is scheduled to serve as cadet commander for the summer 2016 Northeast Region Cadet Leadership School and plans on joining the U.S. Air Force and serve as a Pararescueman.