Cadet Second Lieutenant Kuehn receives Mitchell Award
Eau Claire, WI. – On August 17, 2017, Cadet Second Lieutenant Sophie Kuehn of the Wisconsin Wing’s Eau Claire Composite Squadron earned the General Billy Mitchell Award. This award was presented by the Wisconsin Wing Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, Colonel Rose Hunt at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Eau Claire Wisconsin on November 2, 2017.
Cadet 2d Lt Kuehn has previously held positions as Element Leader and Flight Sergeant in the squadron. Kuehn is currently the Cadet Leadership officer of the Eau Claire Composite Squadron. Kuehn attended two Civil Air Patrol, National Cadet Special Activities during the summer of 2017. In June, she attended the NFA – National Flight Academy, which was held at Oshkosh, WI. While at the Flight Academy she completed her pre-solo flight. Kuehn also attended and graduated from the Wisconsin Cadet Academy in August of 2017, where she was given the honor position of Guidon Bearer.
Cadet 2d Lt Sophie Kuehn is a student at Fall Creek High School where she is involved in many sports. She participated on the softball team, trap team and just finished her 3rd season with the Cross-Country team. Kuehn went to State for both National History Day, and Forensics for the Fall Creek High School. Kuehn is also a member of the National Honor Society.
The Gen. Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America. The award is earned after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception over 30 years ago, more than 42,000 cadets have earned this honor.
Being such an important milestone in the CAP cadet program, the Mitchell Award is normally presented by a CAP group commander or higher, the wing director of cadet programs, or a state or federal government official. Once the cadet earns the Mitchell Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet 2d Lieutenant. These cadets, who later enter the CAP’s Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate promotion to CAP 2d Lt at age 21.
Those cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the US Air Force. They are also eligible for advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program. Mitchell Award cadets may also apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities. 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award.