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Air Patrol honors cadet

Rowan Mauldin was promoted to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant after earning the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award
2022-06-22 - Civil Air Patrol
Unit Commander, Capt Gerald Boire, and Mayor Don Gerrie look on as C\2dLt Mauldin's parents attach his official epaulets for the first time.

The Chippewa County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol honored one of their own Tuesday, June 22, 2022. Rowan Mauldin, was promoted to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant after earning the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. The ceremony took place at the National Guard Armory on Portage Road, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

Mauldin is one of the charter cadet members of the unit, being with the unit when it was chartered in 2018. He has previously served as an element leader, Flight Sergeant, and 1st Sergent. He currently serves as the Cadet Commander, and head of the Unit Cadet Advisory Council.

He received the promotion after receiving the award, which is given after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must also pass a comprehensive 100-question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception 57 years ago, 72,000 cadets have earned the Mitchell Award.

“It is difficult to articulate the joy and sense of accomplishment I feel,” Mauldin said. “I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me on this amazing journey so far. It has been a great learning experience and I feel privileged and blessed.”

His Worship, Mayor Don Gerrie, was also in attendance to read a proclamation, honoring Mauldin for his achievement.

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 U.S. 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 Civil Air Patrol special activities.

Mauldin is also an accomplished thespian starring in Chippewa Theatre Guild's productions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Neverending Story, among many others.

Established in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is a member of its total force. In its auxiliary role Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,944 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of continental inland search and rescue missions across the nation as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.