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Earhart Award

The Amelia Earhart Award has existed since 1964.  This award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation's infancy, and who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has a three-fold mission: aerospace education of the American people, emergency services and disaster relief for those in distress, and the cadet program.  The cadet program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12-20 years of age.  With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state, and local levels and the U.S. Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.

This structured 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 for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships.  Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade.

The third milestone of this endeavor is the Amelia Earhart Award which is earned after completing the first eleven achievements of the cadet program and receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award.  In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing aerospace knowledge, leadership theory, and staff topics.  Since its inception over 30 years ago, nearly 12000 cadet have earned this prestigious award.

Being such an important milestone in the CAP cadet program, the Earhart Award is normally presented by a CAP Wing Commander or higher, or a state or federal government official.  Once the cadet earns the Earhart Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet Captain.  These cadets, who later enter the CAP's Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate promotion to CAP First Lieutenant at age 21.

Those cadets who receive the Earhart Award also enjoy all the benefits of the Mitchell Award (advanced placement as an E-3 in the US Air Force, scholarship and activity opportunities, etc.) and also are eligible to apply to the International Air Cadet Exchange.  IACE is an organization dedicated to fostering international understanding, goodwill, and fellowship among the youth of the world, using the common bond of aviation.  Approximately 100 cadets per year are asked to participate in this extraordinary program.


ACCORDING TO AVAILABLE RECORDS, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE AMELIA EARHART AWARD TO DATE. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY CHANGES OR ADDITIONS, PLEASE SUBMIT THEM TO william.hrinko@ohwg.cap.gov.

AWARD # DATE  NAME 
  *1965 Roger Harshman 
  *3/1966  Gerald Martini 
    Theodore Pifer
  3/1992  Mark Garnet
9766 3/1997  Matthew Mullins 
  8/1998 Andrew Biesterveld
10286 8/1998  Richard Koliser 
10651 7/1999  John DiGiacobbe 
10679 8/1999  William Hrinko Jr. 
11384 2/2001  Robert McBride 
11624 10/2001  David Eck, Jr.
11666 11/2001  Steven Brownlee 
12072 12/2002  Steven Kotheimer 
12261 4/2003 Leigha Samples
12502 11/2003 Andrew Small
12674 5/2004 Nathan Kish
12867 10/2004 Michael Sammartino
13066 4/2005 Craig Ball
13506 5/2006 James Evans, Jr.
14747 12/2009 Joseph Spletzer
15268 6/2011  Erin Fetters 
15411 10/2011  Ryan Cain 
156955/2012 Anthony Cihan
157968/2012 Aubry Lindauer
15797
8/2012
 Megan Beatty
158359/2012Mercer Martin
1585410/2012Brendin Peters
16167
7/2013
Nathaniel Forrider
161687/2013
Emily Conroy
17401
6/2016
Michael Gentile
17515
10/2016
Emma Kanning