Maj. James Mendham, Northern Michigan Group Commander for the Civil Air Patrol, was present Aug. 19 to award to the General Billy Mitchell Award to local cadet Dylan Kirschner.
Only 15 percent of cadets throughout the country earn this award. This will be the first time in Alpena in more than 25 years that it has been achieved.
The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of their enlisted phase of the cadet program and promotes them to Cadet Second Lieutenants with which they are then Cadet Officers.
To earn this award, Kirschner had to pass leadership, aerospace, physical fitness, drill and ceremony, show regular attendance, complete character development, and to attend an encampment.
The U.S. Air Force highly regards cadets' membership in the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets who receive the Billy Mitchell Award are eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they enter the Air Force.
Kirschner is entering the Air Force Sept. 09 and will have a job in Avionics Engineering once he has completed basic military training and technical school.
Cadets receiving the Billy Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced credit in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Course, for various CAP scholarships, and for CAP special activity opportunities. Civil Air Patrol is the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
Kirschner is a 2014 graduate of Alpena High School and is the son of Bruce and Tina Kirschner.
To learn more about the program, contact Lt. Tina Kirschner at 464-3028.