December 27, 1999
"It's a privilege to recognize these fine young men for their hard work, excellence, and dedication to the Civil Air Patrol," said Dunn. "Participating in the Civil Air Patrol Program is a praiseworthy achievement. They should be proud of their significant goal."
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has three primary missions: aerospace education of the American people; emergency services; and the Cadet Program. Each year, the Cadet Program provides opportunities for leadership development of approximately 25,000 young Americans from 12 to 21 years of age.
With the advice and assistance from CAP senior members at national, regional, state, and local levels, the U.S. Air Force, and the Air Force Reserve, cadets are exposed to a structured program comprised of aerospace education, leadership, special activities, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.
The first milestone of the Cadet Program is the General Billy Mitchell Award, which is earned after the completion of the seven achievements of the Cadet Program. In addition, the cadet must pass a 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics.