Megan Beatty of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the General Billy Mitchell Award on Jan. 30, presented by Col. Reinhard Schmidt, the 910th Airlift Wing Commander. The Mitchell Award is earned by less than 15 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets across the nation.
Beatty of Austintown was promoted to cadet second lieutenant, marking her completion of the second phase of the cadet program. To be eligible for this promotion, Beatty had to pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests, attend character development training, and an encampment that introduced her to military life.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has been teaching cadets valuable life skills since 1946. Youth ages 12 to 18 may join the program which focuses on aerospace education, emergency services training, and cadet programs. The award is given in honor of Major General William "Billy" Mitchell, former deputy chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary, and has been in existence since 1964. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program and marks the beginning of the cadet officer phase. The promotion to cadet second lieutenant also makes cadets eligible for scholarships and advanced placement opportunities upon enlistment in the military.
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Col. Reinhard Schmidt presents the Mitchell Award to Cadet 2d Lt Megan Beatty of Austintown.
Cadet Second Lieutenant Beatty has been an active member of CAP since 2010. She is on the drill team for the second year and last year had the opportunity to attend the National Cadet Competition with the team. She has been able to fly in both a glider and a Cesna 172, as well as attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Columbus AFB, MS. She attended a basic encampment at Camp Dawson, WV. Her goal is to become a Thunderbird pilot in the Air Force.
In addition to her Civil Air Patrol accomplishments, Beatty has maintained a 3.85 GPA at the Ohio Connections Academy, an online virtual school. She is the co-captain of the Youngstown Lady Phantoms, an all female ice hockey team, which she has been a member of for six years. She also volunteers with the Family Readiness Group to give support to her brother's Army National Guard Unit.