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  • At Tri-Wing Encampment, Annabelle Death was named Most Improved Cadette and she grew more confident in her desire to pursue a career in the armed forces.
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    At Tri-Wing Encampment, Annabelle Death was named Most Improved Cadette and she grew more confident in her desire to pursue a career in the armed forces.
  • At Tri-Wing Encampment, Annabelle Death was named Most Improved Cadette and she grew more confident in her desire to pursue a career in the armed forces.
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    At Tri-Wing Encampment, Annabelle Death was named Most Improved Cadette and she grew more confident in her desire to pursue a career in the armed forces.

Middle Schooler Reaches To The Skies With Civil Air Patrol

Kerrigan Stern
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August 21, 2018

It often takes years for kids to determine what they want to pursue as a career when they’re older, but this isn’t the case for 12-year-old Annabelle Death. The Pasadena sixth-grader is an active member in the Arundel Composite Squadron of the Maryland Civil Air Patrol, a United States Air Force auxiliary.

Perhaps a perfect exhibition of Annabelle’s activism in and love for the Civil Air Patrol is her recent completion of the Tri-Wing Encampment, held at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown. Annabelle was able to enhance her leadership skills and earn Most Improved Cadette out of more than 200 cadets from the ages of 12 to 18. But, because she grew up in a military family, Annabelle’s success at Tri-Wing Encampment came as no surprise to those who know her.

“My dad was in the Air Force, his dad was in the Navy and my mom’s father was in the Navy,” she said with pride.

The roles of these familial predecessors, whom Annabelle has seen as role models throughout her life, helped assure her of her participation in the Civil Air Patrol.

“When I found out about it, I was like, ‘Why not start now?’ because I loved the fact that we are allowed to do things like flying airplanes and help out and go on search-and-rescue missions, so I just thought it would be something cool to join,” she explained.

During Tri-Wing Encampment, each day began with physical training at 5:00am.

“We would do push-ups, sit-ups and we would do mile runs, and then we would get our uniforms on and we would do opening ceremonies and then we would go to breakfast,” Annabelle said. “We would eat and then we would do drill and some sort of extra activity, and then eat lunch and then do more drill. We would basically do more drill than anything, and we would do a bunch of classes. We would basically spend every second outside if we could, unless it was too hot or humid.”

But this camp didn’t just enhance her physical skills; it empowered her mentally as well. “It taught me how to be patient and how to succeed even when it’s too hard,” she said.

And these lessons are just what she’ll use in her future as a hopeful member of the armed forces.

“In the future, yes. That’s what I’m working up to be,” she responded when asked if she plans on joining the Air Force. “I like the idea of the Air Force, and if I can’t do that than [I’ll join] the Navy.”

For now, Annabelle will continue her activism and work in the Civil Air Patrol and try to improve as time goes on.

“I am looking forward to ranking up and helping out,” she said. “I’m looking forward to doing search-and-rescue because I want to help out people who are in need.”


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