CLINTON – On Thursday evening, June 20, Sedalia Cadet Squadron #009, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), promoted Cadet Sara R. Lawson to the grade of Cadet 2d Lieutenant, after achieving the General Billy Mitchell Award. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.
Cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell Award are also eligible for advance placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the US Air Force. They are also eligible for advanced credit in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities.
Sara’s parents, Col Jeanette and Lt Col Scott Lawson, pinned on her rank at a squadron ceremony. Col Erica Williams, Missouri Wing Commander, presented Sara with her General Billy Mitchell Award, to begin the Command Phase in the cadet program.
C/2d Lt Lawson lives in Windsor, and is a student at Central Missouri University. As the Cadet Commander of Sedalia Cadet Squadron, she leads and mentors cadets in leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.
Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, nonprofit organization. Members perform more than 95% of inland search and rescue missions in the United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education, serve as mentors to America’s finest youth program via the CAP Cadet Program, and perform Disaster Relief and Homeland Security missions.
For more information on local volunteer opportunities with Civil Air Patrol, contact LtCol Dennis L. Pearson, Commander, (913) 680-4102, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos submitted.