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 C/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.
C/CMSgt Justin McDonald was also
recognized for achieving all 3 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.