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Cadets Receive June Promotions and Awards

posted Jun 10, 2019, 11:12 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (June 3, 2019) – Eleven Civil Air Patrol members in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned promotions in rank, CAP achievement awards or recognition for outstanding work performance.

Cadet Hayden McCullough earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award which is the first milestone of the Cadet Program. It’s earned after the completion of the first eight achievements and the passing of a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics. This achievement places Cadet McCullough in the third phase of the program as a 2nd Lieutenant and officer. Only 15 percent of all cadets nationwide have earned the Billy Mitchell Award. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.

Cadets Lea Burton and Maici Mintchwarner earned the Capt Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement. This achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 4 in phase two of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Both cadets were also promoted to the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant. This award honors Eddie Rickenbacker, a member of the 94th Aero "Hat in the Ring" Squadron in WWII, who earned nearly every decoration possible, including the Medal of Honor.

Cadet Jessica Hoschek earned the Wright Brothers Milestone Award. This award is significant because it means the cadet has completed phase one of the cadet program. It marks the transition to the non-commissioned officer status, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant. This award honors Orville and Wilbur Wright who are credited with achieving the first powered, controlled, sustained, heavier-than-air flight, in 1903.

Cadets Jonathan Bautista, Christopher Cerra, Mckenzie Keedy, Joseph Podesta and Jenna Skeens earned the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase One of the cadet program. They were promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman. Achievement 3 is named after Mary Feik, who was a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

Cadet Philip Lopiccolo received the Gen "Hap" Arnold Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The Gen. Arnold Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 2 in the learning phase. This award honors Gen Arnold who was the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Senior members James Keedy and Janice Skeens also were promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Cadet Mikhayla Hamilton earned the NCO of the Month award for all her work within the Great Start aspect of CAP, and for her overall performance. Cadet Burton was awarded Support Staff Cadet of the Month for her outstanding performance in Public Affairs.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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