Photo 1: Cadet 2 Lt. Ethan J. Hoffman holding his Mitchell Award with his parents, Eric and Laura
Photo 2:Cadet 2 Lt. Scott J. Barber displaying his Mitchell Award with his parents, Dan and Beth
Barber. Photos by Robert Middleton.
Cadet 2nd Wing’s Marauder Composite Squadron, based in Kingwood, were recently promoted to cadet
second lieutenant after earning the General Billy Mitchell Award. The ceremony took place on
Nov. 10 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood, headquarters for the Marauder
Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing Inspector General Lt. Col Al Bryant presented these prestigious awards to Cadet Barber and Hoffman. Due to the milestone associated with this award in the cadet program, this promotion is only awarded by a Group Commander or an officer of higher command. Cadet Barber, 18, is a senior at Kingwood High School and is on the varsity swim team. Cadet Barber hopes to pursue an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct.
Cadet Hoffman, 17, is also a senior at Kingwood High School and is a member of the varsity
football team. Cadet Hoffman is actively seeking an appointment to the United States Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs, Co.
The Gen. Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late Brigadier
General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent
Air Force for America. The award is earned after completing the first eight achievements of the
cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing
leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception over 30 years ago, more than 42,000
cadets have earned this honor.
Once the cadet earns the Mitchell Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet 2d Lieutenant.
These cadets, who later enter the CAP's Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate
promotion to CAP 2nd Lt at age 21.
Those cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement in the
grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the US Air Force. They are also
eligible for advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program. Mitchell Award cadets may also
apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000
members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role,
performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster
relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The
members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000
young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for
America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal 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
www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more
Lt. Scott J. Barber and Cadet 2nd at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood, headquarters for the Marauder