The Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN Retired, Scholarship of Honor

Fox Cities Composite Squadron (FCCS) is excited to announce that Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2d Lt) Michael Chanda has earned the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, USN Retired, Scholarship of Honor, sponsored by the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation. Cadet Second Lieutenant Chanda has actively been a member of Fox Cities Composite Squadron for 4 1/2 years. In that time he has excelled, showing great leadership and dedication to the Civil Air Patrol mission.

C/2d Lt Michael Chanda and Lt Col Stephen Kohler

C/2d Lt Michael Chanda and Lt Col Stephen Kohler

The Scholarship of Honor presented through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation “recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to enlist in the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service. These fields include law enforcement, fire safety, nursing, teaching, police science, ministry, social work, etc. The award is in honor of the service and selfless sacrifice of our past and present military heroes.”

C/2d Lt Chanda has served within various positions at our Squadron including; Cadre for Basic Cadet Training, Cadet First Sergeant, Cadet Deputy Commander, and he currently serves as the Cadet Commander. His commitment to Civil Air Patrol also extends outside of our Squadron level; he has attended 4 encampments at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, the Advanced Technology Academy at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; and Powered Flight Academy in Oshkosh where he earned his solo wings. Cadet Chanda also previously served as the Fox Cities Composite Squadron’s representative to the Wisconsin Wing Cadet Advisory Council. He was named the 2015 C/Lt Col Christopher R. Koehler Leadership Award recipient for FCCS. Michael has further served on staff at the Non-commissioned Officer School run by our squadron, sharing his knowledge with cadets across the Wing.

C/2d Lt Chanda enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and is scheduled to report to Basic Military Training in July. He will then attend AF Technical School at Keesler AFB, Mississippi for a 72 week Air Traffic Control course.

Please take a minute to Congratulate C/2d Lt Michael Chanda; FCCS is proud of your accomplishments and your drive and dedication to serving our country. Well done C/2d Lt Chanda!

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