KINGMAN – Kingman local Joseph Roehrick has made history after being one of the very few to be promoted to Cadet Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and be awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz award on January 6. Joseph reached the highest rank possible after nearly a decade in the Civil Air Patrol.

The Civil Air Patrol is a federally supported non-profit organization that acts as the official civilian auxiliary for the US Air Force. It was founded more than 80 years ago and serves as a national defense unit. CAP is often called to aid in searches for missing people, offer support after a disaster and anything else they can, to keep our country safe. This program is open to kids ages 12 and up and offers an award-winning aerospace education program as well as the cadet program which teaches kids the importance of leadership, fitness, and character.

Joseph joined the London Bridge Composite Squadron 501, in Lake Havasu City in 2015 when he was only 12 years old. He spent the next nine years making the journey to Lake Havasu City with his grandfather, Captain Fred Roehrick, to attend meetings and training for CAP.  At his first meeting Joseph learned of the rank system and what is required to be promoted. This is also when he acquired his desire to one day be Colonel Roehrick.

 At the rank of Cadet Commander Joseph was honored to be chosen as 2023 Arizona’s Wing Cadet Commander, which is the top spot for a cadet in the Arizona Wing encampment program. Joseph shared that his primary goal during that time was to teach the cadets that “Being a leader is a state of mind and a constant action, not a position or title. A leader takes care of others, a leader guides others, a leader looks out for the safety of his team, and these are all actions you can take from within any portion of your chain of command. “

Josephs commitment and tenacity surely aided him in attaining the rank of Colonel and earning the Spaatz award, an honor given to less than 1% of CAP cadets. The Spaatz award was named for General Carl A. Spaatz who was the first Chief of Staff for the USAF and the first Chairman of the CAP National board.  After turning 21, Joseph aged out of the cadet program but now serves as a Senior Member, supporting the young cadets.

As if his CAP accomplishments weren’t impressive enough, he has now turned his focus towards furthering his acting career. He first fell in love with acting at a young age, doing plays at Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate school and at the Beale Street Theatre. During Joseph’s senior year of high school, he set his sights on becoming a star. He managed to book his first two paid gigs while still in high school. He has been in a few feature films, short films, and online shows. One of his proudest productions was a short film made with the Coalition for Youth Drug Abuse Prevention, also known as Hard Stop AZ. This production company’s goal is to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse. Under the screen name Joseph Kyle, he starred as the lead in a short film called “The Call”.

Joseph attributes his success to his family, friends, teachers, acting coaches and the Civil Air Patrol. He recommends CAP to any child who is interested in aerospace or other programs offered. As he works towards his next goal to be an ‘A- List’ star, he will be sure to keep the lessons learned from his time in the Civil Air Patrol in mind.

Katelyn Larocque