On August 10, Cadet Lt Col Mikehla Hicks of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron joined an exclusive group of pilots as she passed her FAA Private Pilot Check Ride and earned her Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Pilot Wings. Only .002 (or 2/10ths of 1%) hold their FAA Pilot Certificate (in the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, there are only 3 cadets holding their CAP pilot qualification.) The meeting on August 12 was bittersweet for Mikehla as it was a celebration of her Wings achievement, but also her last cadet meeting as she is off to College at the University of Southern Florida (USF) in Tampa. Mikehla has been with the Charlotte County Squadron since she was 12. She achieved the rank of Lt Col in 2017 with hard work and dedication. Less than 1% of the approximate 25,000 cadets earn this rank. She has held most all of the cadet positions including Cadet Commander and is currently serving as the Cadet Executive Officer. She has attended numerous CAP sponsored schools and encampments and has been awarded many activity and service awards including the prestigious Air Force Organizational Excellence award. Pictured: Lt Col Dave Curtis, who prepared her for the final checkride, presents her Wings.