Oak­dale Cadet Re­ceives Squadron’s Billy Mitchell Award

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Civil Air Pa­trol Squadron 50 re­cently an­nounced that Cadet Jas­mine Hinkel, of Oak­dale, achieved the Gen­eral Billy Mitchell Award.

On Aug. 9, Cadet Hinkel was pre­sented with the award in a cer­e­mony at the Lt Col Arthur King Com­pos­ite squadron head­quar­ters at the Modesto Air­port. Dur­ing this cer­e­mony, Cadet Hinkel be­came a Cadet Sec­ond Lieu­tenant in the Civil Air Pa­trol Cadet Pro­gram. Pre­sent­ing the award was the Squadron 50 Com­man­der First Lieu­tenant Dwight Kuesthardt.

Cadet Hinkel, 17, is a se­nior at Oak­dale Char­ter High School. She has pre­vi­ously been as­sis­tant flight sergeant and flight sergeant and she is cur­rently in charge of the Squadron 50 Pub­lic Af­fairs team. Cadet Hinkel’s plans are to ei­ther en­list in the Air Force and be­come part of the Air Force Se­cu­rity Forces or go to col­lege first.

The Gen­eral Billy Mitchell Award has ex­isted since 1964. This award hon­ors the late Gen­eral Billy Mitchell, an avi­a­tion pi­o­neer, ad­vo­cate, and staunch sup­porter of an in­de­pen­dent air force for Amer­ica. Cadets who re­ceive the Gen­eral Billy Mitchell Award are also el­i­gi­ble for ad­vanced place­ment to the grade of E-3 (Air­man First Class) should they choose to en­ter the US Air Force after high school. They are also el­i­gi­ble for ad­vanced credit in AFROTC, var­i­ous CAP schol­ar­ships, and CAP spe­cial ac­tiv­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Civil Air Pa­trol, the of­fi­cial aux­il­iary of the U. S. Air Force, was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week be­fore the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor brought the U.S. into World War II. CAP is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with more than 56,000 mem­bers na­tion­wide. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mem­bers per­form 90 per­cent of con­ti­nen­tal U.S. in­land search and res­cue mis­sions tasked by the Air Force Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­ter and were cred­ited by the AFRCC with sav­ing 100-plus lives in fis­cal year 2010. Its vol­un­teers also per­form home­land se­cu­rity, dis­as­ter re­lief and coun­ter­drug mis­sions at the re­quest of fed­eral, state and lo­cal agen­cies.

This struc­tured Cadet Pro­gram is di­vided into 16 seg­ments called achieve­ments, in­volv­ing study and per­for­mance in the five pro­gram ar­eas. Upon com­ple­tion of each achieve­ment, the cadet earns in­creased re­spon­si­bil­ity, dec­o­ra­tions, awards, el­i­gi­bil­ity to ap­ply for na­tional spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for both flight and aca­demic schol­ar­ships. The first mile­stone of the Cadet Pro­gram is the Gen­eral Billy Mitchell Award, which is earned after the com­ple­tion of the first eight achieve­ments of the cadet pro­gram. In ad­di­tion, the cadet must pass a com­pre­hen­sive 100-ques­tion ex­am­i­na­tion cov­er­ing lead­er­ship the­ory and aerospace top­ics.

Lt Col Arthur King Com­pos­ite Squadron is lo­cated at the Modesto Air­port. The squadron has an ac­tive cadet and se­nior pro­gram. The cadet pro­gram meets weekly to train mem­bers be­tween the age of 12 and 18 in lead­er­ship, aerospace ed­u­ca­tion, and emer­gency ser­vices. The se­nior pro­gram in­volves adults 18 years of age and older and meets weekly for aerospace ed­u­ca­tion train­ing, emer­gency ser­vices train­ing, and plan­ning in sup­port of the Cal­i­for­nia Wing of the Civil Air Pa­trol. More in­for­ma­tion about Civil Air Pa­trol and Squadron 50 can be found on their web­site at http://sq50.cawg­cap.org.

This ar­ti­cle was pro­vided by Cadet Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Jas­mine Hinkel, Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fi­cer, Lt Col Arthur King Com­pos­ite Squadron.

Cadet Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Jas­mine Hinkel

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