Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stafford, Virginia: Cadet Second Lt. Jairus Selena Tabb is set to receive the Billy Mitchell award.

Cadet Second Lt. Jairus Selena Tabb

Credit: Courtesy photo/Fredericksburg Composite Squadron

STAFFORD — Cadet 2nd Lt. Jairus Selena Tabb, of Stafford — a member of the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol — is set to receive the Billy Mitchell award at her squadron’s annual military dinner ball on Jan. 14 at the Fredericksburg Country Club.

Tabb joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2009 determined to become an officer. She flew Cessna 182 planes at the age of 15 before taking her driver’s license test. In 2011, she served as the Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Encampment Staff First Sergeant, volunteered at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, tutored children and assisted at area food banks.

The Virginia Wing Commander, Col. David Carter, CAP, will present her with this honor of being a cadet officer, which is comparable in training to receiving an E-3 (Airmen First Class) in the U.S. Air Force. Billy Mitchell is known as the father of the U.S. Air Force.

To achieve this Mitchell award milestone, Cadet Tabb has passed 10 physical fitness tests, nine leadership exams, eight character development forums, seven aerospace exams, regularly participated in squadron activities, attended the week-long Virginia Wing Cadet Encampment, wrote an essay and delivered a speech.

Cadet Tabb plans to major in medicine in the fall of 2012 to become a doctor or nurse and then join the U.S. Air Force.

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