On this fateful day, my first CAP meeting that is, I had no idea that I would be walking into a program that would change my life. But boy was I scared.
My first meeting just happened to be a PT meeting and as I watched the cadets do their exercises I thought 'oh, this is pretty awesome, but I don't think I could ever lead like these guys'.
By the time I joined, I was the only girl for almost a year. And since we had no female leadership, I made it my mission to be in leadership to show the guys I was just as good as them.
Determined to become a leader in the squadron, I promoted as on time as possible and learned as much as I could while also juggling school and home time.
Watkins Promotion Test and board TODAY
And then finally, after almost two years in the program, all of my hard work paid off. I got Phase 2 Cadet of the Year in 2019 and was even staffed for BE20, but that was sadly canceled.
Phase 2 COY
And, as of a few months ago, I've become our squadron's leadership NCO and our squadron has grown to 6 girls. It's been a long road but the journey was definitely worth. I just never though I'd make it this far.