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Castro Valley High School teacher named Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing Historian of the Year

September 21, 2019

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Bakersfield, California. – Nikolay Zherebnenkov is accustomed to documenting the history of the Civil Air Patrol but has completed a bit of history on his own. On September 21, 2019, Mr. Zherebnenkov was honored with Civil Air Patrol's California Wing Historian of the Year. This makes him the first member of the new Tri-Valley Composite Squadron 156 in Livermore to be awarded a prestigious “Of The Year Award” by the California Wing of Civil Air Patrol.

Mr. Zherebnenkov, a First Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, is also the Historian for the San Francisco Bay Area Group 2, and a teacher at Castro Valley High School in Danville.

Lt Zherebnenkov joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2015 and has held many positions of responsibility in the squadron, group and California Wing including Aerospace Education Officer, Unit Historian and Wing Cadet Programs Historian. When he joined the recently formed Tri-Valley Composite Squadron in Livermore, Lt Zherebnenkov was responsible for researching the unit history for a squadron that had been decommissioned in 1997.

Lt Zherebnenkov credits his colleagues as inspiration for his success in the role of historian. “I would like to say that this award goes to not only the me but to the whole Group,” said Lt Zherebnenkov. He continued, “I am surrounded by people who love to be active in CAP and who are willing to share their stories with me that way we can tie to the past to the present and the present for our future.”

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