Buswinka earns General Billy Mitchell Award

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MANISTEE — Joe Buswinka, a junior at Manistee Catholic High School, earned the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) General Billy Mitchell Award.

Buswinka has been an active member of the Civil Air Patrol for the past four years attending meetings with the Cadillac Squadron, and more recently with the Traverse City Squadron. Civil Air Patrol is a public service organization that carriers out emergency service missions in the air and on the ground; it is the auxiliary for the U.S. Air Force.

The General Billy Mitchell Award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and fierce supporter of an independent Air Force for America. Earning the award is a major milestone in the CAP Cadet Program and represents years of hard work learning about aerospace education leadership, physical fitness, moral and ethical values, and participating in social activities that develop special skill sets for the cadet.

In addition, the cadet must pass a 100 question test that challenges their understanding of leadership theory and aerospace topics. Only 15 percent of all cadets reach this level of accomplishment.

Buswinka joins those ranks of distinguished cadets, and if he so chooses, would enter into the Air Force as a Airman First Class, is eligible for advanced credit in Air Force ROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities. Buswinka has already achieved 20 hours towards a pilots license and attended numerous leadership training academies through the CAP.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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