MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cadet 2dLt Matthew Stamatiou, Cadet Deputy Commander,  Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, was presented recently with his Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Billy Mitchell Award by Lt Col Carol McCloud, former Group 221 Commander, NJ Wing, at the Morristown National Guard Armory, NJ.  

Cadet 2dLt Matthew Stamatiou is the son of Ms. JoAnne Stamatiou and Mr. Albert Albanese of Basking Ridge. He is a senior at Ridge High School, where he is an officer within the Technology and Computer Club and is on the Varsity Fencing Team.

Within the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, he has served as the cadet First Sergeant, Aerospace Education Officer, and Flight Sergeant. Further, he was presented with the Basic Encampment 2017 Honor Cadet Award for receiving the highest rating out of 110 Basic Cadets on their performance during cadet activities involving leadership and physical training.

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The Billy Mitchell award, the second cadet milestone achievement, is earned after the successful completion of the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition to the achievements, the cadet must pass a comprehensive examination on aerospace and leadership and attend Basic Encampment.  Only about 15 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Billy Mitchell Award.

Billy Mitchell Cadets who enlist in the U.S. Air Force are promoted to E-3 (airman first class) instead of E-1 (airman basic) upon completion of basic military training. Billy Mitchell cadets who enlist in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps are promoted to E-2 instead of E-1 upon completion of basic military training. Likewise, Billy Mitchell cadets who enlist in the US Coast Guard are promoted to E-3 (seaman) instead of E-1 (seaman recruit) upon completion of boot camp.

The Lone Eagle Composite Squadron meets on Wednesday nights at the Morristown National Guard Armory, NJ.  Youth can start the cadet program at age twelve. For more information about the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, contact Major Judith Bascone, Commander, at 973-876-2309 or  Also, see:

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information. At the NJ State, Group, and Squadron level, visit respectively: , , and .