Eau Claire Cadet Awarded Billy Mitchell Award
Eau Claire, Wis. – Cadet Second Lieutenant Austen Tinker-Sackett received the General Billy Mitchell Award from Major Rose Hunt, Wisconsin Wing vice commander during the Eau Claire Composite Squadron’s February 2 meeting. The ceremony held at the National Guard Armory with 26 members and guests present, Cadet Tinker-Sackett moved into the ranks of a cadet officer.
To receive the Mitchell Award, a comprehension exam on leadership theory and aerospace topics must be passed. Opportunities for scholarships and attendance at Civil Air Patrol (CAP) special activities are awarded to those who receive their Mitchell Award.
Upon becoming a senior member, they automatically receive the grade of second lieutenant. Should they join the Air Force, they automatically become an E-3, Airman first class.
Cadet Tinker-Sackett joined Civil Air Patrol four years ago and currently holds the position of element leader. As a former first sergeant, he has received his certificate as a radio operator and obtained his ground team three training. He future plans include staying on as a cadet until the age of 20. However he would also consider becoming a senior member if he finds it hard to fulfill his cadet obligations.
“Don’t stop trying, it is worth it,” stated Cadet Tinker-Sackett. His message to other cadets is, “It is hard, but it makes you feel good.”
Cadet Tinker-Sackett recently graduated from high school in 2011. He currently attends Chippewa Valley Technical College seeking an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, but is considering transferring to UW Stout to receive a Bachelor Degree. His ultimate goal is to get a job working for the Federal Bureau of Investigators (FBI).
Outside activities include being a lab assistant with his grandfather who is a geologist and has had the opportunity to help teach biology. He has trained in the mixed martial arts and enjoys doing security jobs at cage matches. He is optimistic as he looks forward to a bright future.
Cadets Master Sergeant Alexander Kamstra and Andrea Miara were also promoted and received their new rank by Major Rose Hunt. Their goal is to receive their Billy Mitchell Award within the next eight months. A friendly competition between the two motivates them both.
Cadet Kamstra currently serves as the color guard commander. Cadet Miara is currently the flight sergeant, cadet safety officer as well as a member of the color guard.