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Cadet Capt. Brendan J. Hennessey Rose, CAP (and Ridge Senior) Accepted into Air Force Academy

Shown L – R: Cadet Capt. Brendan J Hennessey Rose, Col. Steven Tracy, Commander, NJ Wing, and Rev. Jill Robb Paulson, granddaughter of CAP Founder, Rev. Gill Robb Wilson. Credits: Chris Trento

Cadet Capt. Brendan Hennessey Rose of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Peapack - Gladstone, NJ, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy and was presented with his Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Amelia Earhart Award by Col. Steven Tracy, Commander, NJ Wing, and Rev. Jill Robb Paulson, granddaughter of CAP Founder, Rev. Gill Robb Wilson, at the NJ Wing Conference in Atlantic City on March 11.  

Cadet Capt. Rose is the son of Mr. Greg Rose and Mrs. Carolyn Hennessey Rose of Basking Ridge. He is a senior at Ridge High School where he is active in football.

The Amelia Earhart Award is the third cadet milestone achievement award and is earned after successful completion of the first eleven achievements of the cadet program. In addition to the achievements, the cadet must pass a comprehensive examination on aerospace and leadership on top of a demanding physical fitness test. Less than 3% of the Civil Air Patrol cadets earn this award.

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The Lone Eagle Composite Squadron meets on Wednesday nights at the Scout Cabin, Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.  For more information about the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, see or contact Capt. Steven S. Kiss, Commander, at 973-769-7032 or

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. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit   or   for more information.

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