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GRHS student earns Civil Air Patrol award

Gila Ridge High School senior Brandon Sarrasin, a cadet in Civil Air Patrol, was promoted to the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant by earning the General Billy Mitchell Award. 

In recognition of this award, and of his overall participation in Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Sarrasin was selected to receive a Commendation from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Dec. 12 at the Executive Tower of the State Capitol Complex.

The Mitchell Award is earned after the completion of the first eight achievements of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass comprehensive exams covering leadership theory and aerospace topics.

“Cadets earning this award are eligible for advancement placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the U.S. Air Force,” said 2d Lt Larry Kottraba. “They are also eligible for advance credit in AFROTC in college, various scholarships, and special activity opportunities.”

Sarrasin intends to attend the Air Force Academy in the fall and said his goal is to become a pilot and eventually an astronaut.

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 U.S. 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. 

Brandon Sarrasin

James Kuzniak