Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez, CAP national vice commander, with then-Cadet 1st Class Ian Gibson of the U.S. Air Force Academy, who’s holding the CAP Honor Roll award presented by Vazquez during the Tapping Ceremony a day before graduation.
Then-Cadet 1st Class Ryne Hanson with Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez at the Individual Award ceremony at the Field House, Clune Arena, two days before graduation.
Photos by Lt. Col. Leslie Vazquez
COLORADO – Graduating U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Lt. Ian Gibson, a former cadet captain in the Wyoming Wing’s 492nd Emergency Services Composite Squadron, was presented with the 2013 Civil Air Patrol Honor Roll Award for having the highest grades among his class’ former CAP cadets.
Gibson received the award May 28 in Arnold Hall at the academy’s Tapping Ceremony. The ceremony is the honorary “tapping” of the names onto the plaque, with little silver screwdrivers used for each presentation.
The presentation for CAP was given by Brig. Gen. Greg Lengyel, the academy’s commandant of cadets. Gibson received the Honor Roll award from Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez. CAP national vice commander.
The previous day, during the Individual Award ceremony at the academy’s Clune Arena, Ryne Hanson received the Outstanding Cadet in Military Strategic Studies award, of which CAP is a sponsor. Vazquez presented that award as well.
On May 29 Gibson, Hanson and more than 1,000 other academy cadets walked the stage as members of the institution’s 55th graduating class. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed the graduates.
About 10 percent of the cadets entering the academy each year come from CAP's ranks.