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The Wolverines take top squadron honors

By Staff Sgt. Don Branum

Academy Public Affairs


Cadet Squadron 19 won the Outstanding Squadron of the Year

award Friday for the 2009-2010 Academic year.

The squadron took first place in military and academic performance and ended up in fourth place overall for athletics to earn the award.

“That was our goal the whole time,” said Cadet 1st Class Emma Przybyslawski, cadet squadron commander for CS 19 and a native of San Antonio.

The outstanding squadron award encompasses military performance in areas such as marching and inspections, academic performance through grade point averages and athletic performance through intramural competition and physical and aerobic fitness tests, said Maj. Dave Pike, CS 19’s air officer commanding.

Cadet Przybyslawski credited Cadet 1st Class Brent Whiteman of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Cadet 2nd Class Dave Cook of Hastings, Neb., with helping the squadron achieve the award but added that everyone in the squadron played a role. She also thanked Major Pike for his role in helping CS 19 achieve top squadron honors.

“Major Pike is on top of everything, which is nice because he made sure everyone got recognition,” she said.

“We got really lucky to win this,” Cadet Cook said. “We’re lucky that Emma and (Cadet 1st Class) Jason Fung were our squadron commanders, and we’re lucky that we had great senior leadership the entire year.”

Major Pike has been the AOC for CS 19 for approximately two years. He will pin on lieutenant colonel Thursday, the same day that he relinquishes command of the squadron in a change-of-command ceremony.

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