Cadet Chief Master Sergeants Joshua Smith and Joel Smith were promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol on Tuesday night.
This promotion accompanies the Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award. Brigadier General Michael McClendon (USAF, retired) presented this award during a ceremony at the Sulphur Springs Airport.
Joshua, 17, and Joel, 15, attend the Sulphur Springs Composite Squadron and are local residents. This award recognizes their commitment to service before self, excellence in character and professional development. They have demonstrated knowledge in the areas of leadership theory and practice and aerospace educational topics.
Both have contributed hundreds of hours in community service activities ranging from Color Guard presentations for civic organizations and events, to participation in actual missions for the United States Air Force. Both have received certification as SARTEC II from the National Association of Search and Rescue, attained their Technician level license as HAM radio operators, and staffed numerous Wing and National level CAP Cadet activities.
Both young men have committed to a career in the military upon graduation from high school.
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.
Joshua currently serves as squadron Flight Commander training new cadets, which affords him the opportunity to lead by example. Joel is the current public affairs officer and takes care of photos and articles about Civil Air Patrol and TX 450 activities. Their next challenge will be the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest achievement in the CAP Cadet Program.
For more information about joining CAP, contact TX 450 commander, Capt. Bill Power at 903-570-0785.