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Civil Air Patrol cadet aims high


Ethan Quinn would agree that hard work pays off in more ways than one.

An active member of Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 907, Cadet 2nd Lt. Quinn is the latest recipient of the General Billy Mitchell Award.

The 10th grader at Central Bucks High School East has been a member of CAP for nearly four years. He enjoys the various opportunities that CAP has to offer including flying with CAP pilots and participating in search and rescue missions as a member of the ground team. His latest achievement places him in the top 15% of cadets nationwide.

Commenting on his award, Quinn said, “I couldn’t believe that I made it to this point … but I was also thinking ahead to what else I can achieve.”

Quinn put his thinking into action when he also walked away with two awards in the Squadron’s DroneFest. A squadron competition of drone piloting skills, he topped his fellow cadets’ in two events: Best Drone Pilot and Fastest Drone. Each competitor flew drones over an obstacle course and an outside race track for the fastest time. Asked what he thought about the event, which was a part of the Squadron’s Aerospace Education program: “It was awesome!”

What’s left to accomplish? Quinn has his sights set on continuing his development as a squadron leader and flight commander and is eyeing up the next milestone award before he goes to college.

Not only was he a member of the CAP CyberPatriot Team, he also attended the NCSA - Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. There, he learned about satellite command and control, missile operations and space control and explored opportunities available in aerospace engineering at various Air Force bases. It was there that he earned an Academic Excellence Award as well.

The Mitchell Award has existed since 1964 and honors the late Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America. Since its inception over 50 years ago, more than 42,000 cadets have earned this honor. This leadership milestone is only earned after the completion of the first eight achievements of the CAP Cadet program and successful completion of a comprehensive examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics.

Any cadet who has received this award, and who later enters CAP’s Senior Member program, is eligible for immediate promotion to CAP second lieutenant at age 21. 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 U.S. Air Force. They are also eligible for advanced credit in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities.

CAP Doylestown Composite Squadron 907 is based at Doylestown Airport and is an auxiliary branch of the U.S. Air Force. Its overall mission is to “transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders” and welcomes new cadet members from age 12 to 18 in its cadet programs. Adults join as “senior members” and participate in many ways including Mission Pilot and various non-flying leadership positions.

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