Spaatzen Graduates from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute

Emmitsburg, MD —  George Navarini, Spaatz #407,  recently graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, after he completed the full curriculum that provides the basic knowledge and skills to help him meet the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management.

Navarini, a graduate student at American Military University from Pembroke Pines (Miami), Fla, completed the five courses in this Academy that includes Foundations of Emergency Management; Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning. To graduate, he fulfilled a total of 167 hours of training.

Emmitsburg, MD   March 20, 2014--FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) George O. Navarini completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Academy.  Edward Smith, Acting Deputy Superintendent, EMI, is shown congratulating Mr. Navarini as he graduates.

Emmitsburg, MD March 20, 2014–FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) George O. Navarini (right) completed all requirements of the National Emergency Management Academy. Edward Smith, Acting Deputy Superintendent, EMI, is shown congratulating Mr. Navarini as he graduates.

The National Emergency Management Academy offers the tools to develop comprehensive foundational skills needed in emergency management. For those who are new to emergency management or for those who are transferring from another profession, this Academy also provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts.   Students also learned to understand the roles, responsibilities and legal boundaries associated with emergency management.

FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy is the entry-point for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. It’s the first phase of FEMA’s new Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The EMPP curriculum is designed to provide lifetime learning for emergency managers and includes four separate, but closely related training programs including the National Emergency Management Academy; a Specialized and Technical Training program to develop specific skill sets; the National Emergency Management Leaders Academy to develop the next generation of emergency management leaders; and the National Emergency Management Executive Academy for Federal, state, tribal and local agency executives at a senior policy and strategy level.

Navarini is a former Director of The Spaatz Association, and a 1979 Falcon Award recipient.  He completed his training on March 20, 2014.

For more information on FEMA’s training to include: the National Emergency Management Academy, the National Emergency Management Leaders Academy, and the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, or other courses, go to

Elections Start Soon…Is Your Membership Current?


We are just about to launch our 2014 elections for Directors.  We have a great slate of candidates for you to choose from, but to vote your Association membership must be current.  Dues are only $20.00 per year, or $400 for a lifetime.

What do you get for your membership?

At the end of the summer we are launching a completely revised web-based membership program, and all members will get a new member certificate, membership card, and access to a new, member-only networking forum.  Also watch for the rollout of our new Spaatz Coin and Merchandise store, along with partnership discounts for goods and services.  And, of course, depending on your situation, your membership donation may be tax deductible.

To join or renew online, click here, or to find out when your current membership expires, contact us.

New Spaatz Recipients — First Year Free

If you’ve earned your Spaatz Award in the last 12 months, you get one free year of membership in the Association, but you need to activate it!  Fill out our Information Update Form to get started.


Mike Hower, #895
National Secretary

Get Off The Fence! We Need Your Help…


Over the last 24 months, your Spaatz Association has achieved many significant milestones:

  • We awarded six Aviation Leadership Scholarships to help cadets complete their private pilot licenses.
  • We launched a new mentoring program to help cadets on their Journey to Spaatz.
  • We established a new Leadership Grant program and awarded more than $10,000 to deserving individuals and units for leadership development.
  • We entered into a partnership with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Association of Naval Aviation to fund cadets to attend Aviation Ground School in Georgia.
  • We revamped our internet and social media presences.

Doing all this was not easy…but we had a great team to make it happen.

Now, we need your help.  The Association Board of Directors is looking to fill two Officer and five Director seats in our upcoming election.  The time commitment is light — only one 60 minute telecon each month — and a desire to help create tomorrow’s leaders by working to either expand our programs or help with fundraising.

If you’ve ever considered being part of a non-profit Board of Directors, now is the time.  You can self-nominate with a paragraph and an attached resume.  Nominations close at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, 6 July 2014.

Without a slate of qualified candidates, we won’t be able to continue our mission into 2015.   Please consider volunteering your time and expertise.

For more information, visit our 2014 Elections Page and submit your self-nomination via email to


Mike Hower, #895
National Secretary


Thanks From A Soon-to-Be Pilot


The Association received the below letter from C/Col Miranda Ellinghaus, Spaatz #1898, on her progress toward earning a Private Pilot ticket using 2013 Aerospace Leadership Scholarship funds.  It is worthy of a reprint here….

Dear Board of Directors,

I am now in the 4th quarter of my training, and I would like to give you an update. I now have 27 hours and I am almost ready to solo once more! I have flown 4 major cross-country flights and completed countless take-offs and landings.

Ellinghaus cockpit

I am learning so much, and not just about flying. I am learning about discipline, integrity, patience, diligence, and excellence. I find that I am not only advancing in my education and training as a result of this scholarship, but also in my character and overall ability in many aspects of life. Time management has become a more prominent part of my life and hard work has become pleasing to me. I am so grateful for this opportunity that has been so graciously provided.

I am also being blessed to see things I would never see otherwise. For example, on Friday I saw the most gorgeous sunset from a vantage point I had never experienced. It was thrilling and motivating.

Ellinghaus sunset

Also, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Board of Directors for the 60 day extension of my scholarship. As a result of the snow and ice [this winter], I have not been able to fly very often.  This extension was so generous and very much needed. I appreciate it from the depths of my heart, and I promise to do the very best with it that I can.

I look forward to continue to learn and grow, as I make full use of this marvelous scholarship. I also look forward to being able to give back to the Civil Air Patrol and The Spaatz Association as soon as possible.

Thank you once again for this marvelous opportunity!

With Sincerest Gratitude,

C/Col Miranda Ellinghaus
Spaatz #1898

Your support enables leaders like C/Col Ellinghaus to achieve their dreams of flight.  For more information on the Aerospace Leadership Scholarship Program, or our other scholarship and grant programs, visit us online at  Thank you for your continued support.


Mike Hower, #895
National Secretary


2014 Board Nomination Deadline Extended


We are still looking for additional applicants to be members of our Board of Directors.  This year, we have openings for a President, Secretary, and five Directors.

Deadline for self-nominations is 25 June 2014 has been extended until Sunday, 6 July 2014.  For more information, click the flyer below.  Voting will now begin on 15 July 2014.

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(Click to download a flyer, or visit our Elections Page for more information.)


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