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5 Carroll squadron cadets achieve milestone awards

March 20, 2019 – WESTMINSTER, Md. – Civil Air Patrol cadets from Maryland Wing’s Carroll Composite Squadron are recognized for achieving milestone awards as part of the CAP cadet program during a recent ceremony in Westminster, Md.

Congratulations to Cadet 2nd Lieutenants Katherine Grasley and Nicholas Stallcup, both awarded the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award; Cadet Captains Jeremy Dunn, Hunter Martin, and Benjamin Swam each earned the Amelia Earhart Award. Lt. Col. John Henderson, Maryland Wing’s vice commander of operations, and Maj. Stacey McManus, Group 2 deputy commander, presented the awards.  

CAP cadet ranks and insignia are associated with a series of cadet milestone achievement awards. Each grade and insignia corresponds to an equivalent U.S. Air Force enlisted and officer grade insignia. Upon joining CAP, the cadet is assigned the rank of cadet airman basic and progress through four learning phases, the learning, leadership, command and executive. This progressive program teaches leadership, aerospace education and military drill and ceremonies. Cadets earn promotions and rank as they move thru the program, taking on higher responsibilities and mentoring new cadets. Within each phase, the cadet must achieve and complete several tasks before being promoted to a higher rank.

To earn the Mitchell Award, the second milestone in the cadet program, cadets take a comprehensive leadership and aerospace test, present a speech in front of the squadron and pass a physical fitness test. Once a cadet earns the Mitchell Award, he or she becomes a cadet officer, is promoted to the grade of cadet second lieutenant, and is challenged to lead and serve junior-ranking cadets while continuing to develop into a “dynamic American and aerospace leader.” The Amelia Earhart Award is the third milestone in the cadet program and is the completion of phase three. 

Carroll Composite Squadron meets every Tuesday from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hilltop Assembly of God Church, 30 North Cranberry Road, Westminster, Md.  For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit . Follow the squadron on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook at:

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.


Carroll Composite Squadron cadets (left to right): C/2nd Lt. Grasley, C/Capt. Swan, C/Capt. Martin, C/Capt. Dunn and C/2nd Lt. Stallcup proudly display their CAP cadet milestone awards. (Photo Credit: 2nd Lt. R. Aronovski, CAP)


2nd Lt. Monica Aronovski, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Carroll Composite Squadron


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