DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR CADETS, WESTOVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON
Maj. Claire Belden is the deputy commander for cadets, Westover Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.
She has served Civil Air Patrol in a variety of specialty tracks, beginning as the Squadron Leadership Officer with Westover Composite Squadron. She has also served in the capacity of Assistant Administration Officer, and Deputy Commander for Seniors. Prior to the start of her Senior Officer Career she earned the Amelia Earhart Award as Civil Air Patrol Cadet. She has also served as project officer for multiple Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol Conferences and Wreaths Across America. In addition to these duties, Major Belden has served as the primary advisor to the Westover Composite Squadron Cadet Color Guard since 2007. She has led the team to National Cadet Competition in 2010 and 2011.
In Emergency Services, She is currently an Urban Direction Finding Team member. She has participated in exercises and real-world missions in numerous capacities.
Major Belden assumed the Deputy Commander for Cadets position at the Westover Composite Squadron in March of 2013.
2005 Certificate in Medical Assisting, Porter and Chester Institute, Chicopee, Massachusetts.
2006 Training Leaders of Cadets Course, Westover, Massachusetts.
2006 Squadron Leadership School, Westover, Massachusetts.
2008 Corporate Leadership Course, Westover, Massachusetts.
1. Aug 2005-April 2006, Squadron Leadership Officer
2. April 2006-January 2010, Deputy Commander for Cadets
3. April 2006-Present, Squadron Color Guard Advisor
3. April 2007-January 2011, Assistant Administration Officer-Technician Rating
4. January 2010-March 2013, Deputy Commander for Seniors
5. March 2013-Present, Deputy Commander for Cadets-Senior Rating
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Award
Unit Citation Award
Commanders Commendation with Silver Clasp
Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award
Grover Loening Aerospace Award
Benjamin O. Davis Award
CAP Membership Award
Yeager Aerospace Education Award
Red Service Ribbon
National Color Guard Competition Ribbon with bronze star