Civil Air Patrol

Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 Remembers Aviation Visionary

Photo by Lt. Col. Steve Michaels: Cadet Senior Airman Joseph Toepfer recounts Gen Mitchell's achievements while Cadet Staff Sergeant Samantha Albright and Cadet 2nd Lt. Roman Ruud look on during the tribute to the general.

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 began their Memorial Day celebrations by conducting a commemorative service at the grave site of General Billy Mitchell.  During its weekly meeting, the unit gathered at Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery and at the General’s final resting place.

The ceremony was planned and conducted by those in the unit’s cadet non-commissioned officer flight.  The cadets recounted Mitchell’s accomplishments and awards, quoted the general and placed flowers on his grave.  The ceremony concluded with each squadron member individually rendering a salute at the General’s grave after Taps was played.

General Mitchell was a World War I combat airman.  His vision was for an independent U.S. Air Force, but passed away in 1936 before that vision was realized.  He is the namesake of the second milestone award in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program.

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