The Ascension Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol promoted and awarded four cadets on March 25 in Gonzales. 

Promoted to the rank of cadet airman are:

  • Ethan T. James, 14, an eighth grader at Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge
  • Ezra J. James, 13, an eighth grader in homeschool
  • Isahk D. Lachney, 12,a seventh grader at St. Amant Middle School who completed his first orientation flight
  • Evan Shaneyfelt, 13, an eighth grader at Runnels School who completed his first orientation flight. 

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually.

CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug-interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information.