Mary Barb Earns Second Highest Rank in Civil Air Patrol
Wendy Schultz, Mt Democrat, June 19, 2012Mary Barb, 18, has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for 5 1/2 years, and on May 10, she earned the second highest achievement in the CAP when she was promoted from cadet major to cadet lieutenant colonel. But this achievement is just a stepping stone to the highest CAP award of all, cadet colonel, an award that less than 1 percent of all cadets, only 2,000 to date, have achieved.
Barb, a home-schooled senior who graduated in May, joined the Civil Air Patrol after attending an air show.
"My brother-in-law is in the Air Force and when I was attending an air show, I met some of the cadets from CAP and found out that there was a local squadron," said Barb."My dad and my brothers joined with me. It's been intense.There are 18 promotions from basic cadet to colonel and specific requirements for each level with about two months to complete each level."
To earn her promotion to Lt. Colonel Barb, who is deputy commander of her squadron, took a written leadership test, a written aerospace test, passed a stringent physical fitness test and went through three board reviews.
Her new duties will include ...
Mary Barb is the daughter of Richard Barb, a candidate for El Dorado County Supervisor.