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Local Civil Air Patrol cadet earns Mitchell award

Erin LeFevers
Special to the Sun
Tony Moretti receives his award on Dec. 11.
Courtesy photo |

On Dec. 11, Tony Moretti received his Mitchell Award from the Civil Air Patrol. The Mitchell Award is a significant award for cadets; it is a stepping stone for moving the cadet into an officer role.

The award is one of the most prestigious cadet honors. Cadets who earn the Mitchell Award have completed Phase 2 of the CAP Cadet Program, earning half of the 16 achievements needed in order to receive the Spaatz Award — the highest rank for cadets in CAP.

To earn the Mitchell Award, cadets must pass comprehensive leadership and aerospace exams as well as a rigorous physical fitness test, attend encampment and demonstrate leadership skills by leading the cadet squadron.

The Mitchell Award is named for Billy Mitchell, who is remembered for his vision of an independent air force, for his prediction of an enemy bombing of Pearl Harbor, and for his successful command of bombing runs.

In other CAP news, on Dec. 13, the cadets of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron participated in the Wreaths Across America program. Cadets, along with others, placed wreaths on the graves of veterans at the National Cemetery in Fernley, Nev.

This year was the first year in several years where enough wreaths were sponsored to place on all veterans graves. The cadets raised enough money to sponsor 90 wreaths for the program.

Second Lt. Erin LeFevers serves as Deputy Commander for Cadets in the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. For more information, visit cap-ttcs.org or contact Erin LeFevers at elefevers@hotmail.com.