U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Campbell Mandela Andersen of the academy’s class of 2021 and CAP National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith point out Andersen’s newly added name on the plaque showing top-performing current and former CAP cadets in each academy graduating class since 1984.
In a ceremony May 24, Smith recognized Andersen as the No. 1-ranked CAP cadet graduating from the academy this year and also the top overall graduate in his class. The former New York Wing cadet is believed to be the first from CAP to achieve that since Hila Levy of the Puerto Rico Wing in 2008.
“Cadet 1st Class Andersen is a top performer in all regards,” said Smith, an academy graduate himself. “He is a tribute to both CAP’s cadet program and the U.S. Air Force Academy, reflecting the core values which we hold dear in CAP — integrity, excellence, volunteer service and respect. I am proud to have him as a CAP alumni and a member of the Air Force’s long blue line.”