Aaron Sless, 16, of Phoenix, was awarded the Civil Air Patrol's Billy Mitchell Award at the Towson Armory in Towson on Oct. 3.
Sless, a junior at Dulaney High School, learned to fly at Martin State Airport on a Cessna 117 owned by the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
The award, given out since 1964, honors the late Gen. Billy Mitchell who was an aviation pioneer, advocate and supporter of an independent air force in America.
"This is a milestone achievement," said Maj. Robert Goodman, commander of the Civil Air Patrol's Towson Squadron. "Aaron had quite a few hoops to jump through to receive this award. He's an all-round hard...