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Civil Air Patrol Cadet From New Fairfield Earns High Honor

399th Composite Squadron cadet Kevin Jenkins, of New Fairfield, received the General Ira C. Eaker Award and was promoted to lieutenant colonel
399th Composite Squadron cadet Kevin Jenkins, of New Fairfield, received the General Ira C. Eaker Award and was promoted to lieutenant colonel Photo Credit: Major Peter Milano

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Cadet Kevin Jenkins, a resident of New Fairfield and member of Civil Air Patrol’s 399th Composite Squadron in Danbury, was presented the General Ira C. Eaker Award and promoted to the grade of Cadet Lt. Col.

Connecticut Wing Chief of Staff, Lt. Col. Jim Ridley, presented the award along with 399th Composite Squadron Commander, Maj. Joseph Bisnov, at the squadron’s headquarters at Danbury Municipal Airport.

Only 2 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve this award.

Jenkins joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2012. He earned the Eaker Award after completion of the first 16 achievements and three milestones in the Civil Air Patrol 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 has 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' extensive training includes graduating from Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and rigorous programs such as Hawk Mountain Ranger School and Pararescue Orientation School.

He has 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 adviser 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.

The Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees.

To learn more about the 399th Composite Squadron, click here.

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