New cadet follows father, mother, older brother and older sister in CAP membership

by | April 12, 2019 5:00 pm

Last Updated: April 10, 2019 at 3:37 pm

After years of watching, waiting, and counting the days, a 12-year-old student in the Cottageville area is one of the newest cadets in the South Carolina Wing (SCWG) of Civil Air Patrol.
Jayden Peterson, daughter of SCWG Vice Commander of Operations Lieutenant Colonel Chris Peterson, completed her new cadet paperwork at the ACE Basin Composite Squadron weekly meeting Tuesday March 12.
Cadet Peterson becomes a second-generation cadet with her registration. Her father, Lt.Col. Peterson, CAP, joined Civil Air Patrol in 1990 in Hendersonville, N.C., where he completed the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, having reached its highest cadet non-commissioned officer (NCO) rank at the time. He has served as a unit commander and group commander for squadrons within South Carolina and is currently a member of the SCWG Executive Staff.
Peterson’s mother, Major Tina Peterson, CAP, is the former commander of a middle school squadron in the Columbia area which, at the time, was the third largest squadron in the Civil Air Patrol program.
But the family tradition for serving in Civil Air Patrol does not stop there. Cadet Peterson’s brother, Joshua Hamilton, and her sister, Jerrica Hamilton, were both active in the program during their teenage years as well.
Joshua’s experience with Civil Air Patrol gave him the leadership experiences and skills to receive a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to The Citadel — a scholarship applied for by over 25,000 hopeful cadets. After receiving an award for being a Top 10 Army ROTC Command cadet during his junior year at The Citadel, he received a selection Aviation Command and graduated from flight school in 2018. He now flies Apache helicopters.
“Civil Air Patrol gives cadets amazing experiences in aerospace, leadership and emergency services,” said Major Peterson, CAP. “Jayden has grown up with this influence in our house — both through her parent’s experiences as senior members and leaders and by watching her older siblings succeed in the cadet program. Our family is looking forward to watching Jayden become a leader in the ACE Basin Squadron and in the South Carolina Wing.”
Cadet Peterson has purchased and prepared her uniform and was excited to wear it to her first meeting as a member on Tuesday March 12. She also has already invited prospective cadets to visit the squadron during the weeks in which she visited, as required by Civil Air Patrol regulations. One of those cadets registered as a member after Cadet Peterson on Tuesday.
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron meets on Tuesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at 72 Salley Ackerman Dr., Cottageville, behind the town hall building.
For more information about the ACE Basin Composite Squadron, contact Capt. Jim Wilson, CAP, at (843)343-7086, or

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Co-ordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.
CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
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