Capt. Peter Milano, 399th Public Affairs
DANBURY, CT (20 August 2013) – Cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Touma assumed command of Civil Air Patrol’s 399th Danbury Composite Squadron Cadets at a ceremony held at squadron headquarters located at Danbury Municipal Airport.
Cadet Touma accepted the squadron colors from Major Jim Vigar and with it the duties and responsibilities of cadet commander. Touma said “My overall goal is to make the squadron a better unit in general. Therefore, my short term goals include reworking the cadet structure a little bit in order to create a solid foundation to work off of. I would also like to promote closer staff interactions with cadets in order to mentor the younger cadets, work them harder, and promote them more frequently.”
Cadet Touma joined Civil Air Patrol in December 2010. “What raised my interest in Civil Air Patrol was my aspiration to fly. I am currently working on my private pilot’s license and performed my first solo flight last October. At the time I was also starting to look at the Air Force Academy as a choice for college and I knew Civil Air Patrol would be a great preparation and a great help to getting in,” said Touma.
Cadet Touma served as Flight Commander, First Sergeant and Executive Officer. He has participated in several encampments and took part in squadron relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy. Touma considers his appointment as cadet commander and earning the General Billy Mitchell Award, which denotes excellence in Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program, among his top achievements.