On June 27, Col Bruce Heinlein, commander of the National Capital Wing, was on hand to present the General Billy Mitchell award to C/2d Lt Nathaniel Johnston of the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron.
Along with the award Johnston was promoted to the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned after completion of the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics.
Cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are eligible for advanced placement to 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 AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities.