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Tahoe-Truckee Civil Air Patrol honors Cadet Daniel Holbrook

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The Civil Air Patrol Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron recently promoted three of its members.

Cadet Daniel Holbrook received the Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Leadership Award in late April. Along with the award, Holbrook earned a promotion to Cadet/2nd Lieutenant.

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

The award is a cadet achievement of the Civil Air Patrol presented in honor of the late Gen. Billy Mitchell. An aviation pioneer, and advocate, Mitchell was a staunch supporter of an independent air force for America. Few Civil Air Patrol cadets earn this distinctive award which gives them eligibility to apply for national special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships.

Also promoted was senior member Scott Tetzlaff, who is part of the team that leads the Cadet Squadron. He earned a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. He also serves as the Squadron's Assistant Emergency Services Officer. Finally, Cadet Kyle Lee received a promotion to Cadet/Airman First Class.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program offers young people ages 12-18 a place to learn aerospace, search and rescue skills, leadership skills, character development and community service, and flight opportunities.

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Cadet meetings are held weekly 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Truckee Tahoe Airport at the EAA Building. For more information, please contact Captain Mark Ledwith, mark.ledwith@nvwgcap.org or go to http://cap-ttcs.org. The Squadron is also composed of a Senior Member program for adults who are interested in flying, search and rescue, cadet programs, and aerospace education.

75 YEARS OF SUPPORT

Even before the Civil Air Patrol completed its first year of service to the nation, CAP leaders recognized that to truly fulfill its mission, it needed to "extend the opportunities for service … to the young people of the United States."

And so on Oct. 1, 1942, CAP created a Cadet Program. National Commander Earle Johnson urged every squadron and flight to "take prompt action in organizing a counterpart (cadet) unit for the young people of its community."

Throughout 2017, the Civil Air Patrol is celebrating 75 years of young people service their communities, states, and nation. #CivilAirPatrol #CAPcadet

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.

Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

Source: Civil Air Patrol Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron