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CAPs Bush receives Billy Mitchell Award
1025 CAP promotion
Effingham Civil Air Patrol Master Sgt. Cody Bush, center, receives the General Billy Mitchell from CAP Group Commander Maj. Gene Warnock. left, and Bushs father, squadron commander Capt. Richard Bush. - photo by Photo provided

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Effingham Cadet Squadron’s Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Cody Bush was recognized Oct. 4 for receiving the General Billy Mitchell Award. This event brought with it a promotion to cadet second lieutenant and opportunities for further leadership challenges and greater responsibility.

Civil Air Patrol Group Commander Maj. Gene Warnock and his father, Civil Air Patrol Capt. Richard Bush, commander of the squadron pinned on his second lieutenant insignia.

The award is the second in a series of milestone achievements and is named after the late Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell. He was a staunch proponent of the use of air power during the early days of aviation and advocate for an independent Air Force. Its achievement denotes excellence in the cadet program and is accomplished through practical study and application of leadership fundamentals and aerospace education.

This achievement also has benefits outside of CAP. Cadets enlisting into military service are awarded the grade of E-3 (versus E-1). That translates to increased responsibility and more money. Those interested in entering military service via college ROTC are afforded advanced credit in that program.

The support of family is essential in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and a major reason for the success of cadets as they make choices about future careers. Cadet 2nd Lt. Bush had his parents, grandparents, sister and friends present for this milestone award.

The Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, focuses on development of leadership skills and discipline in youth, ages 12-21. 

The CAP Cadet Program is organized around five elements: leadership, aerospace education, fitness, character, and community service activities.  The Program strives to instill in the Cadets the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect.  Through the guidance and influence of its volunteer senior members, the CAP Cadet Program aims to foster the development of responsible citizens who are inspired to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Cadet Squadron 453 is a part of Georgia Civil Air Patrol Group VI, encompassing of five squadrons in southeast Georgia.

To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol Cadet and Senior Program visit the CAP Web site at The Effingham Cadet Squadron, GA-453 meets every Tuesday evening from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at 226 Goshen Rd., Building 200, in Rincon.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Civil Air Patrol or have your questions answered, contact the Capt. Richard Bush at (912) 429-8050 or