Eau Claire cadet earns Mitchell Award and Pilot wings
Eau Claire, Wis. – On September 22, 2016, Cadet Second Lieutenant Casey Owen received the General Billy Mitchell Award. Colonel Rose Hunt presented the award.
Owen currently serves as the Eau Claire squadron’s Cadet Commander after previously serving as an Element Leader and Flight Sergeant in the squadron. Owen attended two Civil Air Patrol, National Cadet Special Activities during this past summer. In June, he attended the Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance Academy. The school, held at Cessna’s production facility in Independence Kansas, allowed students to learn about aircraft maintenance and work on the manufacturing line for a week helping build air planes.
Owen also attended Civil Air Patrol’s National Blue Beret program. This program supports the EAA Air Venture Fly-In. During the fifteen-day activity cadets marshal aircraft, provide crowd control, and conduct search and rescue operations. Owen also attended the Wisconsin Cadet Academy held at Volk Field this summer for his second year of encampment training. During this advanced program, cadets build their leadership, followership and team building skills, while receiving officer training.
Over the past nine months, Owen has been working with Gibson Aviation in Menomonie and flight instructor Dave Wacker on flight training. Recently he earned his Private Pilot Certificate and received his CAP pilot wings from Colonel Rose Hunt.