"Of all the people, he is a great mentor, a great person, and a great leader."
Theron Stiles is a cadet with Fort Wayne's 201st Civil Air Patrol who decided to nominate his Commander Lieutenant John Deitrick.
"He's basically helping all of the cadets who want to join the military or have a successful future by taking up his own time and working with us."
Lieutenant Deitrick joined the Civil Air Patrol in the early 90's and after that he decided to join the Air Force. Since 2010, he's devoted dozens of hours each week to training a group of about 30 cadets. It's volunteer work that he manages in addition to working a full time job.
"I think a lot of things that are lacking is discipline, leadership, and things of that nature. Being able to do things on their own."
As a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol, Deitrick helps kids ages 12 through 18 achieve their goals, whether it's a college scholarship or joining the military.
"I've had to revamp the program. Get more people involved. Been trying to get people more involved community wise, get more sponsors, as well as getting more adults involved as well."
Deitrick's goal for the future is to add 60 new cadets to the 201st squadron. Civil Air Patrol works with emergency services, aerospace education, and the cadet program.
"He cares about the cadets and he used to be Air Force so any veterans in my eyes is a hero."
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