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Two McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Receive Gen Mitchell Award

posted Jul 19, 2019, 9:49 AM by William Petzinger

Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst (July 15, 2019) – Cadet 2nd Lieutenants Alanna Hendrickson and Caleb Daniels both earned the prestigious General Billy Mitchell award, and a formal ceremony was held at the squadron’s office on Neely Road.  The Mitchell awards were presented to the cadets by Civil Air Patrol Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza.

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.

Both cadets are now eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if they choose to join the US Air Force. They also are is eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.

In presenting the awards, Maj Pastoriza told the cadets that he feels the Mitchell Award is among the most important awards a cadet can earn in Civil Air Patrol even though it isn’t the highest award.

“The transition from an NCO to an officer in the cadet program is one that shows a lot of growth and leadership from a cadet,” Maj Pastoriza said. “I am very proud of Cadets Hendrickson and Daniels. I encourage all cadets to follow their example and strive to earn such an achievement.” 

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.