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Mt. Airy cadet follows father’s footsteps and earns Mitchell Award

October 28, 2019 – MOUNT AIRY, Md. – Cadet 2nd Lt. Dylan Marty of the Mount Airy Composite Squadron, a unit in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing, earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, following his father, who earned the same award 33 years ago.

Father and son display their Mitchell award certificates
Troy Marty and son Dylan Marty proudly display their Civil Air Patrol Mitchell awards. Photo courtesy of the Marty family.

By pursuing integrity, excellence, service and respect cadets dedicate themselves to strong character development and C/2nd Lt. Marty is no exception. During this past year, Marty has vigorously participated in program activities while going above and beyond in performance of weekly leadership duties within the squadron. He also has participated in numerous other squadron supported activities. These have included, in part, quarterly squadron hiking trips, Memorial Day parade and festivities in the Nation’s Capital, and laying wreaths upon veteran gravesites at the U.S. Solders’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with CAP’s annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies. Most impressively, Marty volunteered for and was deployed with fellow squadron members to assist in relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.

Continuing his upward trajectory, Marty attended and graduated from a week-long encampment activity. Pursuing the achievement of strong leadership, Marty passed the comprehensive leadership and aerospace exams to earn the prestigious Gen. Billy Mitchell Achievement Award, which was presented in an August ceremony. This accomplishment, in addition to new academic scholarship opportunities, is recognized by the U.S. Air Force with eligibility for promotion to E-3 upon enlistment.

The Mitchell award was established in 1964 in honor of Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell for his contributions to aviation both in and out of the cockpit. During World War I, Mitchell served as a combat airman earning recognition for his courage and leadership from both the American military as well as foreign allies. After returning to America, Mitchell spent the rest of his life advocating the development of aviation for use in the American military. Today he is commonly referred to as the, “Father of the United States Air Force.”

In the 55 years since the award’s institution, fewer than 71,000 awards have been issued. Mount Airy Composite Squadron and its members are proud to be a part of a family’s tradition of excellence.

The squadron provides encouragement and support to cadets as they learn principles of leadership character development and fitness while pushing new limits in the promotion of aerospace and cyber technology. Civil Air Patrol youth program core values help transform young men and women into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, cyber defense? Are you considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Youth ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome. The squadron meets Wednesday nights, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Izaak Walton League of America, 6642 Woodville Road, Mount Airy, Md. For more information, contact commanding officer, Capt. Laura Smith-Velazquez at Follow Mount Airy squadron on Facebook.

Over 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year Maryland Wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions and were credited with four finds. Members flew an additional 32 patrol missions for Maryland totaling 2,245 flight 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.

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 Air Force Rescue Coordination Center with saving 117 lives in the 2019 fiscal year. CAP’s 66,000 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 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s cadet programs. Visit or for more information.


1st Lt. Elizabeth Linares, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Mount Airy Composite Squadron

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