Civil Air Patrol Cadet, Second Lieutenant Mallory L. McConnell of Warwick, a member of the South County Composite Squadron, received the General Billy Mitchell Award from Col. Richard F. Hill, Rhode …
Civil Air Patrol Cadet, Second Lieutenant Mallory L. McConnell of Warwick, a member of the South County Composite Squadron, received the General Billy Mitchell Award from Col. Richard F. Hill, Rhode Island Wing Commander, during the recent annual “State of the Wing Address”. The ceremony was held at RI Wing Headquarters, located at the RI Air National Guard Base at 1 Hercules Dr., N. Kingstown.
McConnell is the daughter of Jason McConnell and Kerri She is a sophomore at Pilgrim High School. Her aspirations are to either become a pilot in the US Air Force, or pursue a career in art.
To receive this award, a Civil Air Patrol cadet is required to be
challenged by completing five achievements in the cadet program. This includes participating in encampment activities and community service projects. The cadet is then required to pass a comprehensive Aerospace and Leadership closed book, timed 1 ½ hour exam with a grade of 80 percent or higher.
The passing of a physical fitness test of running a mile in eight minutes. The leadership training deals with the military style leadership aspects of cadet life. Should the cadet enlist in the Air Force with the Mitchell Award, they are entitled to a grade of E-3. Cadets who earn this award are promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
This award is named in the honor of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, who proved to the US Army and Navy the importance of Air Power, which could be used on Aircraft Carriers prior to WWII. He was one of several Army Air Service flyers who supported the idea to separate the Air Service from the
Army and Navy. Controversy developed as to whether an airplane could sink a battleship. It was decided to conduct tests off the Virginia Cape and in June-July of 1921, General Billy Mitchell’s bombers sank three captured German naval vessels and in September 1921, the obsolete USS Alabama. Two
years later, additional tests were conducted off Cape Hatteras and two more obsolete US battleships were sent to the bottom.
Civil Air Patrol, the official United States Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. It performs 95 percent of the continental US inland Search and Rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter narcotics missions at the request of Federal, State and local agencies. It has been doing
missions for America for almost 75 years as the official auxiliary of the US Air Force. The members take the leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people participating in the Civil Air Patrol.
In Rhode Island, the Civil Air Patrol currently maintains its
headquarters at the R.I. Air National Guard Base in Quonset, and has five squadrons strategically located throughout the state.