On October 11, 2023

Rutland siblings receive promotions in civil air patrol 


Civil Air Patrol Rutland Composite Squadron celebrated the promotion of two of its members who happen to be brother and sister. David Burch, 15 years old, was promoted to C/CMSgt, the second highest before becoming a cadet officer. 

Burch joined the squadron in 2021, and has taken on a number of leadership roles within the squadron including element leader, public affairs, and aerospace education. 

His sister Lauren, 12 years old, joined the squadron in 2023 and achieved her first promotion to C/Amn. Her first promotion was based on taking a leadership test as well as a physical fitness test and participating in squadron activities. 

The squadron has also welcomed their father, Stephen Burch, as a senior member in 2023 as well. He has been taking courses and working on his certifications to become the squadron chaplain and will play an important role in leading cadets in discussions on the core values of CAP, integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect as well as leading monthly discussions on character development.  He comes to the squadron with a master’s degree in biblical studies and 15 years of teaching experience in history, religion, and music.

The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization for the purposes of youth development, aerospace education, and to promote general aviation. 

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