Civil Air Patrol is doing its part to help young people explore and achieve their career dreams -- especially helping open doors for young women into careers in aviation.
Five female cadets earned their private pilot certificate through CAP's Cadet Wings program in August, including Cadet 2nd Lt. Rebecca Wilson (above) of the Oklahoma Wing's Broken Arrow Composite Squadron, who became the 55th cadet to receive her certificate on Aug. 28.
Two more female cadets earned their certificates on Labor Day – Cadet Airman Sadie Blace (at right with her flight instructor, Cathy Plasschaert) and Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Taylor Plasschaert (below), both of the Minnesota Wing's Mankato Composite Squadron, who became the 56th and 57th cadets, respectively, to receive their certificates.
Plasschaert is the second member of her family to earn her certificate in Civil Air Patrol. Her mom and dad are also pilots and Mankato squadron members, so she is actually the fourth pilot in the household.
Counting these latest certificates, that's seven young women in a row who have graduated from the Cadet Wings program so far this summer. The other five female cadets receiving their certificates in August were Cadet 2nd Lts. Sarah Skjeveland (No. 51) and Sarah Kadans (No. 52), Cadet Airman Kayla Nowak (No. 53) and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jacqueline Busch (No. 54). Skjeveland, Nowak and Busch also belong to the Mankato unit.