August 13, 2003
Steinhaus Congratulates Area Cadets
County Executive Steinhaus today hosted three area cadets from the Civil Air
Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary, Dutchess County Composite Squadron. C/2nd Lt.
John Farruggella of Wappingers Falls, C/2nd Lt. Ron Holder of Pleasant Valley
and C/CMSgt Werner Stiegler of Hopewell Junction were congratulated in Mr.
Steinhaus’s office for receiving the General Billy Mitchell Award for
completing the second phase of a four-phase program.
“It’s a good feeling to know our county has such fine young men ready,
willing and awarded to serve us during these uncertain times,” said
Steinhaus. “I am proud to have met and glad to know each one of these fine
young men. They should be truly proud of their achievement,” added Steinhaus.
Captain Barry said, “Statistics indicate that 10% of all Military Academy
Cadets come have Civil Air Patrol experience. It’s even more interesting to
know that only 10% of Civil Air Patrol Cadets achieve the General Billy
I’m extremely proud of my cadets; they worked very very hard to achieve this
award. They bring honor not only to CAP but to Dutchess County,” said, Major
Gladys Suessle, of the Dutchess County Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
This award is given to cadets who have passed physical fitness, moral
leadership and aerospace education tests. Together with Captain Kevin Barry
of the Civil Air Patrol and Squadron Major Gladys Suessle, County Executive
Steinhaus presented each cadet with a Dutchess County proclamation. The Civil
Air Patrol (CAP) is a branch of the US Air Force who, among other missions,
conduct search-and-rescue efforts in a geographic area for downed aircraft.
CAP is a volunteer organization whose core values promote leadership,
fairness, dignity and respect.
(From left to right: Major Gladys Suessle, C/CMSgt Werner Stiegler of
Hopewell Junction, Lt. Ron Holder of Pleasant Valley, C2nd Lt. John
Farruggella of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County Executive William R.
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