San Marcos Cadet Earns Achievement Award

Written by Civil Air Patrol     October 27th, 2016

Cadet Lt. Col. Chuck Baker, center, celebrates his Eaker Award with his family and Representative Jason Isaac, left, of District 45. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Tom Roach)

San Marcos, Texas — It was certainly a night to remember for one local Civil Air Patrol cadet. Standing in front of his peers, Cadet Chuck Baker had his new rank pinned onto his shoulders by his mother and father, listened to squadron leaders talk about his character, and was given a Texas state flag that flew over the capitol by Texas State Representative Jason Isaac. There was cake, too.

Tuesday night’s event capped off more than three years of hard work for the young man from San Marcos. It required four dozen tests of physical fitness, aerospace knowledge and leadership amongst numerous reports and essays, not to mention displaying the qualities that earn you positions of command.

In the end, Cadet Baker earned the General Ira C. Eaker Award and was promoted to the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, the second-highest rank within the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Only two-percent, or just over 3,000 cadets, have earned the award since its inception.

“We’re here today to celebrate a cadet that exemplifies the values of leadership and strong character, Chuck Baker,” said Isaac. “General Eaker was an outstanding Texan and a true leader in all he did, and I hope and I know that you'll follow in his footsteps in the years to come.”

Cadet Baker serves as the cadet commander of the San Marcos Civil Air Patrol squadron, and is also the vice chair of the Texas Wing Cadet Advisory Council. His younger brother Jack serves as his deputy commander, and his sister Hannah and father Chris are also members of the San Marcos squadron.

“The Baker family is a great example of the kind of folks we have here in San Marcos, and Chuck especially,” said Maj. Matthew Congrove, commander of the squadron. “He’s served as a wonderful role model for all the kids who’ve walked through our doors over the past few years, and I couldn’t ask for a better young man to help lead this unit.”

Chuck wasn’t the only star of the night, though. Cadets Dava Flowers, James Salazar, Angela Salazar, Jack Baker, Connor Haley, Edmund Hernandez and Garet Lipinski were also recognized for their efforts and received promotions.

“It was a fantastic event,” said Maj. Congrove. “I couldn’t be more proud of these cadets, and I’m excited for when they’ll all earn the Eaker Award, too.”

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Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander & Public Affairs Officer
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
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