Hall Brothers Advance Rank in Civil Air Patrol

Hall Brothers Advance Rank in Civil Air Patrol
Posted on 04/28/2018
Mason & MerRick Hall at the Civil Air Patrol Ceremony

Recently, Renaissance Academy 7th grade student, Mason Hall along with his 6th grade brother, MerRick Hall received their first stripe in the American Civil Air Patrol cadet program. This rank advancement is known as the Curry Achievement which means that they are now Cadet Airman.

Mason & MerRick Hall are members of the Civil Air Patrol General Carl A. Spaatz Composite Squadron 812, Group 3, 31st Wing for Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Squadron, comprised of both male & female cadets ages 12 to 19 years old, meets every Thursday night from 7-9pm at the Heritage Air Field located in Limerick, PA.

Established in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a civilian auxiliary of the United State Air Force, comprised of two groups: senior members and cadets. The cadet program, which utilized aviation as a cornerstone, was added October 1st, 1942. Today, thousands of students, age 12 through 21, participate in in the program which includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, and meteorology. Those who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Mason and MerRick reside in Phoenixville, PA with their parents, Galen Hall and Colleen Simpson-Hall who were both honored and proud to officially pin their sons’ rank on their collars during the advancement ceremony.

Mason said that he has worked hard for and is proud of this accomplishment. “This is an important milestone for my future. As the first rank advancement, I now have a lot more responsibility and the opportunity to advance further into an officer’s rank”. Mason hopes to channel this experience with the cadet program into a career as a pilot.