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Former Dallas Composite Squadron Cadet Excels in the U.S. Navy

posted Sep 8, 2019, 9:20 PM by Scott Carter   [ updated Sep 8, 2019, 9:25 PM ]

SPR 28-08-19
391st Composite Squadron
Group III, Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol


Former Dallas Composite Squadron Cadet Excels in the U.S. Navy

DALLAS- Aaron Garrett, a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas and former Cadet Commander of Civil Air Patrol Dallas Composite Squadron graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with the class of 2018. Thereafter, Garrett graduated from the United States Navy Nuclear School in 2019General James N. Mattis and USN Ensign Aaron Garrett., holds the rank of Ensign, and serves as a Nuclear Warfare Officer.

As a high school student, Garrett was captain of the Highland Park Scots Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. Garrett joined Civil Air Patrol after
achieving his BSA Eagle Scout Award and was active in the Dallas squadron learning about aviation and serving as a role model to younger cadets. Civil Air Patrol teaches the core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect. Garrett took those values with him to the Merchant Marine Academy and achieved many awards upon his graduation.

Garrett achieved the Marine Engineering Award for the highest GPA for an individual who also held an officer billet and the Scholastic Achievement Award for the midshipman who had the highest GPA in Physics and Chemistry. In addition, Garrett received an engraved regulation Naval sword in recognition of the Association of the Navy Award for academic excellence, quality of leadership, and maturity of judgement. Finally, Garrett received the Sammond Memorial Award for the midshipman who contributed most significantly to the Honor Code at the Merchant Marine Academy.

Dallas Composite Squadron members remember the excellent presentations that Garrett gave while on leave regarding the Merchant Marine Academy, and are proud to follow in his exceptional footsteps in Civil Air Patrol.

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 Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 63,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information or contact:                                       

Blanca Applewhite, 1st Lt CAP
            Public Affairs Officer
            391st Composite Squadron
            Texas Wing
            Civil Air Patrol