Civil Air Patrol Cadet Caleb Britton Receives General Billy Mitchell Award

Cadet 2nd Lt Britton receives award from Col Jim Norvell during Monday event. Courtesy/CAP

CAP News:

Cadet 2nd Lt. Caleb Britton of Los Alamos was presented the General Billy Mitchell Award Monday, Oct. 19 at the Civil Air Patrol Cadet meeting.

The General Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.

Col. Jim Norvell, former New Mexico Wing Commander of Civil Air Patrol presented the award. To earn this award, Britton completed the first eight achievements of the CAP cadet program and passed a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics. In addition, Britton met speaking and physical training requirements. Britton resides in Los Alamos and is the son of DeWayne and Debra Britton.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Caleb Britton holding Billy Mitchell Award. Courtesy/CAP

Once a cadet earns the General Billy Mitchell Award, he or she is promoted to the grade of Cadet 2d Lieutenant. Any cadet who has received this award, and who later enters CAP’s Senior Member program, is eligible for immediate promotion to CAP 2d Lieutenant at age 21.

Cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell Award also are eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the US Air Force. They also are eligible for advanced credit in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities.

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has three primary missions: Aerospace Education of the American people, Emergency Services, and the Cadet Program. The Cadet Program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12 to 20 years of age.

With the advice and assistance from CAP Senior Members and the US Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program comprised of aerospace education, leadership, special activities, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values through group and individual activities.

For information about opportunities volunteering with Civil Air Patrol, visit or contact Los Alamos Composite Squadron Commander Bill Wolfe at 505.662.7652.