San Tan Valley cadet wins Billy Mitchell award

Local Civil Air Patrol cadets from Willie Composite Squadron 304 received milestone achievement awards on Thursday, April 30, for their accomplishments in the U. S. Air Force Auxiliary. The Billy Mitchell award was given to Michael Cota of San Tan Valley.
Cadet Michael Cota is in the 10th grade and in the Air Force JROTC program at Basha High School in Chandler. He is the color guard captain for the Willie Composite Squadron 304 of the Civil Air Patrol and an Arizona Wing Emergency Services Ground Team member.
Michael has completed advanced ground team search and rescue courses at the National Emergency Services Academy at Camp Atterbury in Indiana and basic search and rescue training at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Fifteen percent of all cadets nationwide have earned the Billy Mitchell award and are promoted to a grade of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant. Cadets must complete comprehensive exams in Leadership, Aerospace, a cadet physical fitness test, and involvement in a Civil Air Patrol Summer Encampment.
Cadets who receive the Billy Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the U.S. Air Force.
They are also eligible for advanced credit in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities
The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and has three primary missions: aerospace education, emergency services, and the cadet program. The cadet program provides leadership opportunities for young adults between the ages of 12 years old to 20 years of age with the advice and assistance from CAP senior members and the U.S. Air Force. Cadets are exposed to a structured program comprised of aerospace education, leadership, special activities, physical fitness and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.
Willie Composite Squadron 304 meets every Thursday nights at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 7334 E Ulysses Ave. in Mesa, near the Mesa Gateway Airport. The meeting is open to interested students and their parents. For more information on the program, visit www.squadron304.com.
Editor’s Note: This information was provided by Wendy Cota.

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