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Prep Student Receives Distinction, Promotion in Civil Air Patrol

Posted February 26th, 2013


St. Augustine Prep student Matthew Marroccelli (Class of 2016), was recently recognized by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) New Jersey Wing and Group Commanders, as well as members of the New Jersey Legislature for his achievement of the Billy Mitchell Award. The award carries with it a promotion to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant, the first rank of Cadet Officer in the Civil Air Patrol.

The General Billy Mitchell Award was established in 1964. The award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America. The award is the first cadet milestone which is earned after the completion of the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition to these milestones, the cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics.

Cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced 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.

Photo: Matthew Marroccelli (Class of 2016) is pictured with Civilian Air Patrol NJ Wing Commander, Col. David Mull. Marroccelli accepted the Billy Mitchell Award and achieved the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant in the CAP.