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Cadet Receives Gen Mitchell Award, Others Promoted

posted Feb 15, 2019, 4:57 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 4, 2019) – Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Thomas was pinned with his current rank after being presented with the General Billy Mitchell Award by Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza during a ceremony at Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst.

The award, which is only presented to some 1,000 cadets nationwide each year, is earned after a cadet completes the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100-question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics, as well as a rigorous physical fitness test. Established in 1964, the award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.

Achieving this award means Thomas is now eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if he chooses to join the US Air Force. He also is eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.


Maj Pastoriza and Squadron Commander Maj Bill Petzinger presided over 11 other cadet promotions during Monday's ceremony:

C/SrA Lea Burton

C/A1C Christopher Cerra

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/Amn Brad Hersey

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Mckenzie Keedy

C/A1C Jonathan Marshall

C/SrA Maici Mintchwarner

C/SrA Dwayne Phelps

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/Amn Aaron Sperry

 The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

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