Cadets Earn Mitchell Awards

Two Mount Vernon Composite Squadron cadets recently earned the General Billy Mitchell Award.

C/2d Lt. Kyle Stefanek and C/2d Lt. James Hildebrand fulfilled all of the necessary requirements including comprehensive exams on leadership and aerospace education.

This award honors Gen. Mitchell who advocated for an independent air force. Moreover, he realized that the general public must understand why aviation is important to America.

He demonstrated that aircraft could be significant in war fighting by sinking several captured and overage battleships from the air in 1921 and 1923.

Col. Richard Cooper (l), NatCap Wing commander presents the Mitchell award to C/2d Lt. James Hildebrand. Photo by 2d Lt. Kevin Geiss.
Col. Richard Cooper (l), NatCap Wing commander presents the Mitchell award to C/2d Lt. James Hildebrand. Photo by 2d Lt. Kevin Geiss.