Thunderbird Composite Squadron cadet transitions to U.S. Air Force airman

BEAR CREEK – Cadet Second Lt. Ethan Ramos has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for over six years. He joined at the age of 12 with the intention of preparing himself for a future career in the Air Force. His long time goal was finally achieved Dec. 1 of 2015.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd. Lt. Ethan Ramos.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd. Lt. Ethan Ramos.

At age 18, Cadet Ramos was sworn into the U.S. Air Force early that morning. This special occasion was made all the more memorable as it was also the 74th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol.

At the age of 13, Cadet Ramos moved from California to Texas and transferred to the Thunderbird Composite Squadron. He has expressed that one of the most rewarding decisions he has made was to become a member of the color guard. “When I participated in the color guard, I learned the utmost discipline I needed in order to perform drill and I also learned how to be part of a team,” said Cadet Ramos.

The Thunderbird Composite Squadron didn’t have a color guard when he first arrived so he helped revive the program.  Ramos competed on the team for nearly four years. He has mentored many cadets in the squadron, sharing his knowledge of drill and demonstrating leadership.

At the squadron meeting March 22, Cadet Ramos received his Billy Mitchell award. He was congratulated by the entire squadron as the Group IV Commander, Maj. Ric Walters, presented him with his award certificate.

Ramos has always had a passion for aviation. His great uncle, George Smith, was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII and played a large part in his decision to join the Air Force. Ramos’ goal is to be a pararescueman, also known as a PJ.  Their mission is to rescue, recover, and return American or Allied forces in times of danger or extreme duress and their motto is “That others may live.”

Cadet Second Lt. Ramos left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in March and is due to graduate sometime in May.  He commented, “I definitely want to be a part of the Civil Air Patrol for the rest of my life” and intends to stay connected to the Thunderbird Squadron and visit when possible.