MARIANNA - The Marianna Civil Air Patrol Squadron recently announced the promotion of Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Lawayne Evans, Jr.

Evans, Jr. was promoted to the Civil Air Patrol rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant. This promotion placed Cadet Evans in the non-commissioned officers rank.

Cadet/SSgt Joshua Evans, Jr. received the Wright Brothers Award and Ribbon after completing Phase 1, “The Learning Phase,” which consists of learning about General J F Curry, the first national commander of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary and a major general in the United States Army Air Corps and General Hap Arnold, an American general holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force.

Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the only U.S. Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only officer to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. As a civilian, he was the founder of Project RAND, which evolved into one of the world's largest non-profit global policy think tanks, the RAND Corporation, and one of the founders of Pan American World Airways. He was instructed in flying by the Wright Brothers.

Mary Feik, was an American aviation engineer, mechanic, pilot, instructor and aircraft restorer. She received many awards and honors in her storied career and was a colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. In addition, the cadet must pass a challenging examination testing leadership knowledge and proficiency in drill and ceremonies.

C/SSgt Evans also completed the CAP General Emergency Services and Operation Security training as well as the CAP 8-day Summer Encampment at Camp Blanding, Florida. He has completed the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) IS-100 and IS-700 courses in emergency services.

Anyone interested in learning more about opportunities with the Marianna CAP Squadron can contact the Commander, 1st Lt Rebecca Prescott, at 850 557-8937.