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Cadet Commander

Cadet Major Zurich A. Begin


Cadet Begin joined Civil Air Patrol in April 2019 and is a graduate of Basic Cadet Training Class 01-19. Since then, Since then, he has served in a multitude of roles, to include Senior Training Instructor for Basic Cadet Training Class 01-20, First Sergeant, Cadet Operations Officer, Cadet Plans & Programs Officer, Flight Commander, and Cadet Deputy Commander. He is a two-time participant on the unit's StellarXplorers Competition team. Cadet Begin also serves as a member of Ohio Wing's Cadet Programs team as the Cadet Activities Officer. He was recognized as Ohio Wing's Cadet Officer of the Year for the 2021 training year.

Cadet Begin is a freshman at Medina High School in Medina, Ohio and currently takes classes through the University of Akron. He is also a member of the H.O.P.E. campaign to end teen suicide. After high school, Cadet Begin aspires to study architecture at Kent State University. 


Education & Training

2019, Graduate, Basic Cadet Training Class 01-19
2019, Graduate, Ohio Wing Encampment
2019, Basic Cadet Training Instructor, Class 02-19
2019, Senior Training Instructor, Basic Cadet Training Class 01-20
2021, Joint Field Training Exercise "Firewing", Platoon Leader


Awards & Honors

2019, Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2020, Basic Cadet S.T.E.M. Badge
2020, Intermediate Cadet S.T.E.M. Badge
2021, Air Force Association Award
2021, Wing Commander's Commendation
2021, Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award
2021, Crisis Service Award
2021, Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Cadet Officer of the Year
2021, Ohio Wing Cadet Officer of the Year

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