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On 24 March 2020, 1st Lt Karen Padgett took command of the Lake Hood Cadet Squadron.  This is her Commander's Intent:

"Our focus is on our people. 

The members make the missions possible.  

The members of this squadron are the heart of the Alaska Wing and will continue to serve with distinction.  

We seek out challenges because we are nimble, creative, resilient, and eager to learn, and because we work together.  

We will grow, we will uplift, and we will inspire all those we meet."


About Lake Hood Cadet Squadron:

Cadet Organization

Cadet Commander: C/Capt Alan Padgett

First Sergeant: C/SMSgt BrewerT

Alpha Flight Commander: C/CMSgt Liam Dupras

Alpha Flight Sergeant: C/CMSgt Cedar Shuler

Bravo Flight Commander: C/Capt Ryan Padgett

Bravo Flight Sergeant: C/TSgt Kaden Cook

Alpha Flight Cadets: 

  • Adler
  • Beiler
  • BrewerD
  • BrewerT
  • Compton
  • Dowl
  • Kai
  • LeBlanc
  • Meyer
  • Mellerstig
  • Patterson
  • Rhude

Bravo Flight Cadets:  

  • Ashlock
  • Gillam   
  • Harris-Barnes
  • HalliburtonK     
  • HalliburtonO  
  • Kirpolenko
  • Knoedler
  • Matthews
  • Northcutt 
  • Perdew
  • Smith
  • Thompson 
  • Waitman

Support Staff

  • Aerospace NCO: C/CMSgt Mellerstig
  • Emergency Services NCO:
  • IT/Website NCO: C/SMSgt BrewerT
  • Safety NCO: C/SMSgt Compton
  • PT NCO: C/CMSgt Shuler
  • Public Affairs NCO: C/TSgt LeBlanc

Senior Member Organization

Squadron Commander: 1st Lt Karen Padgett

Deputy Commander for Cadets: Capt Trey Griffing

Aerospace Ed Officer: Capt Ben Padgett

Finance Officer: 2d Lt Karen Halliburton

Professional Development Officer: 2d Lt Kerry Adler

Public Affairs Officer: 2d Lt Jason Mellerstig

Safety Officer: FO Samuel Meaders


About Alaska Wing:  Alaska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol

About CAP National:



Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Mission Statement

Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space, and cyber power.

Vision Statement

Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

Core Values

Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect.

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