Two Hillsborough teens were recently recognized with a Civil Air Patrol honor.
Eric L. Colquhoun,16, and David Ham, 19, received the Civil Air Patrol’s Billy Mitchell Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Orange County Composite Squadron.
Eric, 16, is a first lieutenant and David is a second lieutenant with the Orange County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
In general, the Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization that performs services for the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states and local communities.
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Eric is a junior at Orange High School in Hillsborough. David is a graduate who was homeschooled and is joining the U.S. Army this summer.
The Billy Mitchell Award is given in honor of William “Billy” Mitchell, former deputy chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.
To earn the award, cadets must pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests and attend character development training for each achievement.
Only 15 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award.