On Sept. 10, Cadet Megan Beatty, a member of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, received the Amelia Earhart Award, presented by Col. Bill Phillips, the 910th Operations Group commander, and Major Bradley Forrider, the 910th Maintenance Squadron commander at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The Earhart Award is earned by less then 5 percent of cadets across the nation. Beatty is the 15,797th cadet in the history of the cadet program of the Civil Air Patrol to earn the award.
The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. She disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra and her disappearance is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. Upon receiving the Earhart Award, the cadet receives a promotion to the rank of cadet captain. To be eligible for this promotion, Beatty had to pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace, leadership and staff duties. In addition to being eligible for scholarships and advanced placement upon enlistment opportunities in the military, Beatty may apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange program in which she would travel to other countries to broaden her understanding of aviation and foreign cultures.
Cadet Capt. Beatty has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for two years, participated in the squadron's award-winning drill team, which placed second in the nation during the 2012 National Cadet Competition, and has served in many positions of leadership throughout the squadron and attended numerous activities, including Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course and Region Cadet Leadership School. Beatty helped to staff the Dayton Air Show this summer and participated in Color Guard duties on Memorial Day. Cadet Capt. Beatty just recently became the cadet deputy commander where her duties include assisting the cadet commander with plans and procedures, recommendations for cadet personnel assignments, inspections, and evaluations of meetings.
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Col. Bill Phillips, 910th Operations Group commander, presents the Amelia Earhart Award certificate to Cadet Capt. Megan Beatty of Austintown.
In addition to Civil Air Patrol, Beatty attends the Ohio Connections Academy and is enrolled at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in the Aviation Maintenance Course. Beatty is working towards her A&P, a license to be an aircraft mechanic. She has played on an all-female ice hockey team, the Lady Phantoms, for seven years and was the co-captain. Beatty participates in various community service projects that include serving dinner to the disabled, cleaning veterans graves, and landscaping work at the War Veterans Museum in Canfield. Beatty also volunteers with the Family Readiness Group for the 1192nd Engineering Company of the Army National Guard. Beatty's goal is to become a fighter pilot in the Air Force after high school.