On Dec. 10, Emily Conroy of the Civil Air Patrol's Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron received the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, presented by Conroy's parents and Lt. Col. Steve Shilliday, a C-130 navigator with the "Blue Tigers" flying squadron at the 910th Airlift Wing.
Conroy of Canfield, was promoted to cadet second lieutenant, marking her completion of the second phase of the cadet program. To be eligible for this promotion, Conroy 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. The Mitchell Award is earned by less than 15 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets across the nation.
Conroy has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for nearly two years and has attended a variety of Civil Air Patrol activities including Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Laughlin Air Force Base where she received the "Academic ACE" award for cadet academic excellence. Conroy also attended the Powered Flight Academy at Fort Pickett, Va., in which she soloed in a Cessna 172. Conroy was also a member of the squadron's nationally-ranked drill team and is the 2012 Model Rocketry Cadet Officer for the squadron as well as the assistant Cadet Advisory Council representative. Conroy completed her basic encampment in 2011 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
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Cadet Emily Conroy's parents, Joe and Mariame Conroy, and Lt. Col. Steve Shilliday, a C-130 navigator with the 910th Airlift Wing, pin on her newly earned insignia.
Outside Civil Air Patrol, Conroy is co-president of Interact, a rotary-sponsored school club; National Honors Society vice president; and active in J.O. volleyball for seven years. After high school graduation, Conroy is looking to attend one of the U.S. military academies and continuing to serve in the military as well as looking to remain active in CAP throughout her college years.
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 Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, former deputy chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary, and has been existence since 1964. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program and marks the beginning of the cadet officer phase in the cadet program. The promotion to cadet second lieutenant also makes them eligible for scholarships and advanced placement upon enlistment opportunities in the military.