The sky is the limit for 13 area Civil Air Patrol cadets following a promotional award ceremony held Thursday evening, Feb. 7.
According to 1st Lt. Todd Hanson, it takes quite of bit of hard work for the cadets of the Civil Air Patrol to earn a rank promotion.
"Our ranks, rules, regulations and dress code follow the United States Air Force because we are a civilian auxiliary and other than the fact that we are volunteers everything we do is based on those principles," said Hanson. "They start out as a cadet airman and can work themselves all the way up to become a cadet colonel."
Photo by Dusten Rader
Civil Air Patrol cadet 2nd Lt. Colin Cleland of Westfield, right, receives the Billy Mitchell award from Lt. Col. George Fillgrove, New York Wing director of Aerospace Education.
Among the highlights of the evening was the dedication of the Billy Mitchell award, which was presented to cadet 2nd Lt. Colin Cleland, 19, of Westfield. The award, and the other cadet promotions, were made by Lt. Col. George Fillgrove, New York Wing director of Aerospace Education and constituent of New York state Senator Catharine Young, R-Olean.