QUARTZ HILL – After five years of commanding the Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron at Joe Walker Middle School, Colonel Traci Scott has been promoted to chief of staff for the entire state program. Colonel Scott, an Air Force veteran and mathematics teacher, brought the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet program to Joe Walker in 2011.
“I have been blessed to be able to serve in CAP and to meet people equaled in character, honor, and devotion as those I served with in the Air Force,” Scott said. “They are inspirational men and women mentoring others, including the youth, to become great leaders and to lead this beautiful country into a bright and wonderful future. “
The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is a volunteer United States Air Force auxiliary program. Cadets are allowed to progress at their own pace through the 16-step program, which includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets have the opportunity to earn academic scholarships in many fields, including engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine and meteorology.
The California wing commander that is selected every four years manages the California CAP program. This year a change of command occurred, which led to the appointment of Colonel Scott as chief of staff.
October marked the beginning of her transition. Her new role will allow her to oversee all CAP squadrons and travel around the state to continue refining the program. Additionally, she will supervise the departments of personnel, professional development, information technology, logistics, administration, medical services, and transportation. Her experience at Joe Walker will certainly guide her in her new journey.
“When I first came to the squadron, she was the person that helped me the most. Now she is chief of staff and I am happy she is going to help others and give them the Civil Air Patrol experience,” said Joe Walker Cadet Activities Officer, Vincent Vanzuylen.
Colonel Scott has been working with fellow teacher Vicki Hendrix to prepare Hendrix as the new commander for Joe Walker’s squadron.
[Information via news release from Westside Union School District.]