John Kunesmiller Achieves Highest Civil Air Patrol Award

On December 20, 2004, the Thompson Valley Composite Squadron was proud to honor their own John Kunesmiller for his outstanding achievement of Gill Robb Wilson Award.  This award is attained only by those with unparalleled dedication to Civil Air Patrol, its ideals and its service.  The citation for this award provides an inkling as to the requirements:

Gill Robb Wilson Award Citation

"The Gill Robb Wilson Award is the highest professional development award which can be earned by a Civil Air Patrol senior member. The award is bestowed on its recipient in honor of the founder and first executive officer of Civil Air Patrol. Since its inception in 1964, the Wilson Award has been presented only to the most dedicated Civil Air Patrol members. To earn this award, a member must complete all levels of the Senior Member Professional Development Program, attend the National Staff College or its equivalent, and serve in a command or leadership position for no less than 3 years.

This Gill Robb Wilson Award Certificate is hereby presented to John Kunesmiller for conspicuously meritorious performance and exceptionally distinguished service in Civil Air Patrol."

John joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in 1942 and has been honored, as well, for his 50 years of service to Civil Air Patrol. The vast amount of experience John has amassed over the years is frequently shared with both the seniors and cadets of the Thompson Valley Composite Squadron. John is able to deliver his statements with humor and a smile but, make no mistake, he always gets his point across!   Thank you, John, for your leadership and inspiration for us all.

The ceremony was held in Windsor, Colorado on December 20. 
Opening the ceremony, the colors were presented by the Thompson Valley cadets.

The cadets know John well as he acts as the Moral Leadership officer for both the cadets and seniors in the squadron. 

(Please click on a picture to see the full-size version.)

Given the importance of a Gill Robb Wilson Award, there is a certain protocol to be met where anyone of sufficient importance gets to say nice things about the honoree!  And so:


John Mitchell
TVCS Squadron Commander
 and Master of Ceremonies

Greg Cortum
 Colorado Wing Commander

The Gill Robb Wilson Award, being the highest honor of the USAF Auxiliary's Civil Air Patrol, is to be presented by a distinguished person.  Thompson Valley was fortunate to have Colorado state senator, Wayne Allard, to deliver the prestigious award to John.


John graciously accepts.




Look happy, John!


John gets to say a few words in his defense!

Accepting the congratulations of the squadron commander, John Mitchell.



Retiring the colors by the exceptional cadets of TVCS as Senator Allard looks on.


Finally, a smile out of the most distinguished honoree!