DAVENPORT, Iowa. - Davenport Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron #13041 held its annual dining out and 2011 awards presentation while marking a change of command Feb. 18.

Maj. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, Army Sustainment Command commanding general, was the featured speaker at the event, attended by some 100 cadets, senior cadets, commanders and family members.

In her remarks, McQuistion emphasized the importance of healthy living and making good choices to support one's chosen career path.

Fascinated by one of the original founders of the CAP, Gen. Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, McQuistion shared a story about Arnold's colorful career. First, there was his unconventional admission to West Point, then overcoming a fear of flying to become an aviation pioneer - and the only five-star Air Force general. Arnold was focused on making choices to support his life's passions, McQuistion noted.

Highlighting the "Blue Zone Power of 9" principles of healthy living, McQuistion encouraged the cadets to have a purpose and passion, becoming a member of the "right" tribe. "I see so many ways that Davenport Civil Air Patrol cadets benefit from this (CAP) program in preparing for their futures," McQuistion stated.

McQuistion challenged the cadets to, "do an internal inventory. Be able to define your values, your passions, your, gifts, and your talents. What are the things you like to do?"

"There's so many ways to serve. To be part of something larger than yourself. Live valuable lives of purpose and meaning. That's what I wish for each of you cadets, and families, and friends," said McQuistion.

In closing, McQuistion shared leadership traits shown by her seven-year-old golden retriever, Hannah, which include: "Be loyal…practice obedience…when loved ones come home, always run to greet them…. run, romp, and play daily…take naps….when you're happy dance around and wag your entire body….if what you want is buried, dig until you find it."