Brendin Peters, of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the General Billy Mitchell Award, presented by Col. Reinhard Schmidt, the 910th Airlift Wing Commander on Monday, Jan. 30. The Mitchell Award is earned by less than 15 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets across the nation.
Peters, of Poland, was promoted to cadet second lieutenant, marking his completion of the second phase of the cadet program. To be eligible for this promotion, Peters had to pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests, attend character development training, and an encampment that introduced him 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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Brendin Peters of Poland and a member of the Civil Air Patrol’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the General Billy Mitchell Award, presented by Col. Reinhard Schmidt, the 910th Airlift Wing Commander last week.
C/2nd Lt Peters has been an active member of Civil Air Patrol for four years, serving the past two years at Youngstown's ARS Composite Squadron in Vienna. He has completed the Model Rocketry Program, earning him the Model Rocketry Award; became qualified in both Basic and Advanced Radio Communications; and is working toward his Basic Ground Team member certification. Peters has served in various leadership positions within the squadron, currently holding the Charlie Flight Commander position, where he is primarily responsible for supervising and mentoring an average of ten cadets. In the past, he has been the Cadet Orientation Program instructor allowing him to teach incoming cadets the basics of the program. In addition, he is the Assistant Group III Cadet Advisory Council representative. The CAC recommends solutions and looks for opportunities to improve the cadet program within Civil Air Patrol. As a member of drill team from 2009-2011, Peters had the opportunity to participate in a winning team. During this time, the team placed first at the Great Lakes Region and went on to compete in the National Cadet competition. Having previously earned his community service ribbon, Peters is now working toward earning a second bronze star with approximately 180 hours of volunteer time. He is focused on a future in the Air Force.