Gandia, Croydon earn Mitchell honors in CAP

Kainalu Gandia and Alexandria Croydon were both honored on their promotions, Tuesday night at the Civil Air Patrol meeting at the Lihue Airport hangers.

Gandia and Croydon were promoted to CAP Second Lieutenants while earning the General Billy Mitchell Award.

“The award honors Billy Mitchell, considered by many to be the most important figure in the history of air power,” said Susan Caires of the Kauai CAP, in an email. “Cadets who earn this award have completed Phase 2 of the CAP Cadet Program, earning half of the 16 achievements.”

With each promotion, Cadets earn increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility to apply for national special activities and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships, Caires said.

Gandia and Croydon each worked over the past 18 months to earn this award.

To earn the Mitchell Award, cadets must pass comprehensive leadership and aerospace exams as well as a rigorous physical fitness test, and must complete an encampment, Caires said.

“Additionally, in order to move into the cadet officer ranks, Mitchell awardees are expected to exhibit very mature behavior, to be highly responsible, and to demonstrate leadership skill before they can take their exams,” he said.

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. CAP is an all-volunteer programs including Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs.

The Kauai Squadron Cadet Program meets each Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Lihue Airport Civil Air Patrol hanger.

The cadet program is open to youth ages 12 to 21 years of age.

Info: capmembers.com

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