The Amelia Earhart Award was created in 1964 by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviations infancy, and was lost while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. The award today is the highest honor to be achieved in the Civil Air Patrol. It is the third milestone of the program, which may only be earned after completing the first eleven achievements of the cadet program and after receiving the General Billy Mitchell Award. Additionally, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing aerospace topics, leadership theory and staff topics.
U.S. Congressmen Don Young was in Kenai recently and presented the prestigious award to 15-year-old Kenai student, Nathan Hansen, son of Jack and Sherri Hansen. The Congressmen remembered Hansen from when he personally presented him with his General Billy Mitchell award, "The Amelia Earhart Award is presented to Civil Air Patrol Cadets for achieving milestones that include leadership accomplishments, mentoring young cadets, and for taking on greater responsibility for activities and training within their squadron," said Young as he congratulated Cadet Hansen before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently.
Those cadets who receive the Earhart Award also are eligible to apply to the International Air Cadet Exchange, an organization dedicated to fostering international understanding, goodwill, and fellowship among youth of the world using the common bond of aviation.
Congressman Young also reported to the Kenai Chamber that his wife of 41 years Lou is doing much better after having some medical problems last year, "She's been with me all through my career, she is my soul mate and biggest backer and very happy to report that she's getting stronger every day," said Young. As Chairman of the Congressional Transportation Committee, Young finds himself in the most powerful position of his career and said that he believes government's top priority should be improvements to the nation's transportation infrastructure. "If you don't solve this transportation issue, the legacy we leave behind will be the wrong legacy, because future generations cannot provide the economic base for all the other problems we're seeing," said Young. He went on to say that being chairman of the Transportation Committee put him in a position to help Alaska, "Unfortunately I may not be able to do everything because there is a lack of funds right now, but I think Alaska will receive the projects that are crucially important." Young was also optimistic about an Alaskan natural gas pipeline and predicted that we would see gas flowing through a pipeline in the next six years.
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