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February 20, 2013

Clinton Township teen earns squadron award

By Nico Rubello
C & G Staff Writer

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Lt. Col. Chad Rauls, commander of the 339th Air Force Recruiting Squadron, presents Cadet Master Sgt. Jonathan Forester with an award. Rauls and Forester are members of the Selfridge-based Civil Air Patrol squadron.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Selfridge-based Civil Air Patrol Squadron has honored one of its own, a Clinton Township teen, with an award recognizing his involvement.

Cadet Master Sgt. Jonathan Forester, 17, was awarded the 2012 Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award. He was chosen from among the 38 cadets in the 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron, according to a statement from the squadron.

Civil Air Patrol units, which meet in locations nationwide, act as the official auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force.

Forester, a high school senior, got involved with Civil Air Patrol in September 2011, after a friend invited him. Since then, he has participated in the squadron color guard, competed in the Michigan Wing Cadet Competition, marshaled in aircraft at the Romeo Fly-In and participated in various training opportunities.

Forester said notable experiences as part of the squadron have included flying single-engine Cessna airplanes and earning his ground team certification, which permits him to search for a downed airplane as part of a team.

He hopes to join an ROTC program next year and eventually become an officer in the U.S. Army, he said.

The 176th squadron meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. For more information, email Lt. Col. Michael Fultz at michael.fultz@comcast.net or Capt. Jeff Schelske at jschelske62@gmail. com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Nico Rubello at nrubello@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1118.