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Mitchell Award

The General Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.

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 second milestone of this endeavor is the General Billy Mitchell Award which is earned after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program.  In addition, the cadet must also pass an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception over 30 years ago, over 42,000 cadets have earned this honor.

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

Those cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force (AETCI 36-2002, Chapter 2, Table 2.1).  They are also eligible for advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program (AFROTCI 36-2011, 2.5.6).  Mitchell Award cadets may also apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities.


ACCORDING TO AVAILABLE RECORDS, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE GENERAL BILLY MITCHELL AWARD TO DATE. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY CHANGES OR ADDITIONS, PLEASE SUBMIT THEM HERE.

 AWARD #
 DATE NAME
  Paul Yannucci
  Jeffrey Riffle
  David Flinner
  Norman Recheck
 *3/1966Bette Haag
 *3/1966Reggie Cozadd
 *5/1967Marylouise Carrier
 *5/1967James Coviello
 *5/1967Charles Forni
  Theodore Pifer
422111/1982David Gregor
 5/1989Steven Danyi
 7/1990Brian Tych
 11/1990Babette Waggoner
 12/1990Mark Garnet
 3/1991Jeffrey Elliott
 8/1991Peter Newman
3912812/1992Ami Yobe
393803/1993
Amy Montgomery

8/1993Diana Johnson
 5/1994Eric Mullins
 5/1994Timothy Frease
413714/1995Matthew Mullins
414115/1995Danette Palmer
 11/1995Chad Harris
 12/1995Jason Jongeling
 2/1997Kevin Bishop
 7/1997Phillip Boye
 10/1997Andrew Biesterveld
4360810/1997Richard Koliser
 12/1997Jason DiNobile
 1/1998Erik Bartolo
442245/1998John DiGiacobbe
 7/1998Neil Anthonsen
445838/1998William Hrinko, Jr.
 5/1999David Sika
4592010/1999David Eck, Jr.
 10/1999Andrew Guthrie
 10/1999Peter Hall
 10/1999Kelly Blessing
464594/2000Robert McBride
 6/2000Joshua Taylor
474812/2001Steven Brownlee
483161/2002Steven Kotheimer
488005/2002Benjamin Boor
488075/2002Leigha Samples
4970110/2002Andrew Coggins
499272/2003Andrew Small
50159
4/2003
Nathan Kish
5094711/2003Albert Propst
5102212/2003Michael Sammartino
5102412/2003Branden Buxman
524916/2004Craig Ball
52492
6/2004Joshua Clegg
524936/2004Bradley Hrinko
526347/2004Jace Melick
527168/2004Troy Magrini
5289910/2004Steve Csernik
5305011/2004Robert Gabriel II
533432/2005Christian Kotheimer
534914/2005Nicholas Gorjanc
539529/2005James Evans, Jr.
542721/2006Daniel Kish
54791
6/2006Ryan Ditchey
559737/2007Michael Hnat
566252/2008Anthony Leppert
567314/2008
Bryan Thomas
574561/2009Joseph Spletzer
5845012/2009Spencer Campbell
588384/2010Erin Fetters
5954811/2010Anthony Spina (Cihan)
597451/2011Ryan Cain
599463/2011Jared Holt
601935/2011Isaac Woolley
605418/2011Daniel Kennedy
60633 9/2011Wyatt Hartman
6071310/2011Elizabeth Stoneburner
6074210/2011Aubry Lindauer
6095812/2011Brendin Peters
6095912/2011Megan Beatty
6098512/2011Nathaniel Forrider
609971/2012Mercer Martin
613944/2012Austen Peters
615596/2012Daniel Clegg
615606/2012Andrew Stoneburner
61952
10/2012Jacob Ezzo
6208911/2012Emily Conroy
6214712/2012 Caleb Durfee 
625443/2013
Vanessa Betz
643077/2014Michael Gentile 
64308 7/2014 Matthew Chamberlain 
64644 10/2014 Dylan Pipic 
650822/2015
Ethan Lint
658439/2015Matthias Lewis 
658449/2015Emma Kanning 
668067/2016
Vitaly DiTommaso
6701410/2016Jonathan Meals
6719212/2016 Kyle McDonough
67536
3/2017
Tanner Mackall
 67836 6/2017Carissa Hartley 
678776/2017Kaitlyn Johnson
6829611/2017Patrick Kennedy