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THE GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.

The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.

The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with another pilot, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.

On average, only two cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award. Since the award’s inception in 1964, Civil Air Patrol has presented the Spaatz Award to just over 1,500 cadets.

Spaatz Cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets, and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. The first recipient of the Spaatz Award, Michigan’s Douglas C. Roach, became a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

KANSAS RECIPIENTS

AWARD ESTABLISHED IN 1964

Award #

Name

Date

Unit #

1878

Muriel Eaton

Mar 2013

KS123

1818

Nathaniel L. Chaverin

Dec 2011

KS034

1769

Aubry J. Eaton

Aug 2010

KS123

1757

Mitch W. Edwards

May 2010

KS001

1705

Nathan F. Scalia

Jul 2008

KS123

1630

Daniel P. Metcalf

Apr 2007

KS034

1582

Arron M. Lindemann

Jan 2006

KS123

1229

Samir A. Haggar

Oct 1994

14118

1192

Jason A. Mendenhall

Oct 1993

14118

1142

Regina M. Bailey

Nov 1992

14035

1036

Shawn M. Malone

Sep 1992

14029

970

Stephanie A. Edwards

Dec 1989

14001

799

Patrick Retz

May 1986

14118

776

Mary K. Retz

Oct 1985

14118

682

Kevin M. Retz

Feb 1984

14118

271

Lawrence P. Retz

May 1974

14078

184

Allan B. Nease

Oct 1972

14078

121

Stanley A. Sneegas

Aug 1970

14061