Clyde cadet promoted to second lieutenant
Clyde teen Jared Carpenter was recognized Jan. 24 at the weekly meeting of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for achieving the Billy Mitchell Award, one of the most prestigious honors that a cadet in CAP can earn.
He stood in front of the squadron while being pinned with his new rank of second lieutenant, which accompanies the award.
Carpenter's commander describes him as one of the squadron’s most valued cadet officers, whose leadership will continue to be an inspiration to others.
“This is something I’ve been trying to achieve for a long time," Carpenter said of his promotion. "I’ve always saluted my officers in respect for who they were.”
Part of his success comes from his willingness to learn by watching others. A home-schooled student who takes courses at Haywood Community College, Carpenter looks forward to studying psychology and business. He is also interested in flying. Successful completion of his squadron’s flight academy earned him his solo pilot certificate.
In order to get this promotion, Carpenter was required to pass eight courses of study — achievements which emphasized such things as leadership, character, responsibility and fitness. Carpenter joined the Asheville area’s local squadron in 2007, earning achievements and promotions from airman basic, through chief master sergeant and now into officer ranks.
The Mitchell Award was named after Gen. Billy Mitchell, who is considered to be the most important figure in the history of air power. The CAP is an official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and is made of 52 wings nation-wide. The Asheville Composite Squadron is a unit of the North Carolina Wing, and meets every Thursday night at the Asheville Regional Airport complex.
CAP members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.