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45CS Awards Banquet 2021

They always say that stars shine brightest at night.  Boy did they ever on Monday (Aug. 30, 2021) at Squadron!  With Capt. D. Talley as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, 45th CS held their Awards Banquet!  The night started out with the entrance of the head table: 

  • Lt. Col. Benjamin Smith, Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 002, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Maj Gene Keough, Acting Commander, Inland Empire Group 3
  • Maj Kenneth Benner, Commander, 45th Composite Squadron
  • C/Capt Henrie Emerson, Cadet Commander, 45th Composite Squadron  

Lt. Col. Benjamin Smith was our special guest speaker.  What an inspiring speech he gave to all in attendance!  Continuing on, SM James Hayashi was promoted to Capt.  SM Nicholas Dempkowski received his wings and flight suit name tag.  For the Red Service (which is awarded after 2 years of active and successful service) C/A1C Steer, C/SrA Davies, C/SSgt Martinez, C/MSgt Field were recipients.  Our Great Start flight 21-2 had some graduates.  They were:  C/Amn Lyam Owen, C/Amn Cole Hausman, C/Amn Jacob Gonzalez, C/Amn Andrew Gillette.  C/Faith Williams was promoted to C/A1C.  The Air Force Sergeants Award Association Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year went to C/MSgt Zachary Field.  For the Cadet Commander’s Choice Award, this was awarded to C/A1C Braden Drewitz. Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year was presented to: C/SSgt Diego Martinez. Overall Cadet of the Year Award was presented to: C/Capt Henrie Emerson.  Recipients of the Level 1 Onboarding certificates were:  SM Kendall Talley, Capt James Hayashi, SM Nicholas Dempkowski, SM Andrew Holmes, SM Dillon Johnson, and SM Michael Mikita.  Recipients of the Chuck Yeager Award were: Capt. James Hayashi, Capt.Shane Tillekeratne, SM Kendall Talley, and SM Andrew Holmes.  The Aerospace Education Achievement, A. Scott Crossfield Award was presented to Maj. Aaron Stout.  For the Senior Member Awards the Finance Officer of the Year was presented to Capt. Carolyn Usher,  Aerospace Officer of the Year went to Capt. Shane Tillekeratne, Cadet Programs Officer of the year went to Maj. Aaron Stout and Overall Senior Member of the Year went to TSgt. Salvatore LaManna.  CONGRADULATIONS TO ALL!!!!  May you all continue to shine brightly!!!  


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