Joe Chesterman, 17, of Pontnewydd, has been with the 2308 Cwmbran Squadron Air Training Corps for the past five years where he has attained the rank of Flight Sergeant.
After applying last December to take part in the International Air Cadet Exchange programme, Joe was told he had been successful making him the first cadet in Torfaen to be selected for the programme.
This will see him stay with a host family in America for two weeks in July and attend the Air Training Corps Squadron there with the family’s son or daughter.
He will also have the chance to visit different states and sites including the White House.
The Croesyceiliog Comprehensive student said: “It has always been my dream since I was young to become a pilot and air cadets has opened up many doors for me in working towards my future career.
“I am very excited and proud to be part of this year’s exchange to America.”
Joe also thanked his squadron commander Flight Lieutenant Simon Furley and the air cadets for their support and help with funding.
South Wales Argus, 2010. Cwmbran air cadet set for US adventure [Online]. Available: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/8156466.Cwmbran_air_cadet_set_for_US_adventure/ [accessed 24th May 2010]