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Nellis Civil Air Patrol cadet D’Angelo earns Earhart Award

Published on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 (6:01 p.m.)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Cadet Mario D’Angelo has earned the Amelia Earhart Award.

The Amelia Earhart Award is given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory. In additional, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam, and lead moral leadership discussions.

Only three percent of the 27,000 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award.

With this award, Cadet D’Angelo receives a promotion to the rank of cadet captain.

The award is named in honor of the pilot who lost her life while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Cadet D’Angelo is currently serving as Cadet Deputy Commander in the Nellis Composite Squadron located on Nellis Air Force Base.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. 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. Visit or for more information.

There are approximately 900 members of CAP in Nevada.

For more information about CAP membership in Nevada contact Major Mark Goodman at (702) 750-5165, or via email at [email protected]


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