Benjamin Schimelfening, a cadet with Yankton's Lewis & Clark Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. His appointment came by a presidential nomination through his father's (Sergeant First Class James Schimelfening, U.S. Army, Retired) military status and as a result of his academic and leadership accomplishments.
Cadet Schimelfening is a 2006 Honors graduate of Vermillion High School, currently attending Marion Military Institute in Alabama. In November of 2006 he was awarded the Honorable Stuart Symington Scholarship through the U.S. Air Force's Falcon Foundation. The Honorable Stuart Symington was the first Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.
Cadet Schimelfening is looking forward to serving and flying for his country. He became interested in flying through both of his parent's background in the military aviation and watching the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds at air shows. He joined Civil Air Patrol after he found out that a unit was close by in Yankton.
The Civil Air Patrol gave him opportunities in flying and leadership through CAP's cadet orientation flights and cadet program. Cadet Schimelfening is the son of James and Teresa Schimelfening of Vermillion.