As the holiday season was in full swing, Cadets of the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol continued to ring the bell.
The prestigious Billy Mitchell Award was presented to Cadet 2nd Lt. Stephen Krause, Jr. This award is earned after completing the second major milestone of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program and involves completing the first eight achievements. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics.
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Justin McDonald was also recognized for achieving all three stages of the Rocketry Program (Redstone, Titan, and Saturn). Each is progressively more challenging and has its own written and hands-on phase. CAP's Model Rocketry program is an achievement program for cadets interested in the science, technology, and flight of model rockets.
While there are many youth-oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others.