2014 Election Results…and a Tie Breaker!

The 2014 Spaatz Association elections are (almost) over. We’ve completed most of the election process, and our new 2014-2016 directors are listed below. We do, however, have a tie in one of our positions, and we need your help to resolve it.

2014-2016 Officers and Directors

  • President: Ted Bowlds
  • Secretary: Mike Hower (#895)
  • Director Seat 2: Brian Campbell (#1219)
  • Director Seat 4: John Ruetemann (#1463)
  • Director Seat 6: tie
  • Director Seat 8: Lawrence Trick (#452)
  • Director Seat Alternate: tie


Please revisit our candidates page and look at the biographies for Dominic Strug (#573) and John Hedrick (#1411). Once you complete your review, please go to elections.spaatz.org and vote to break our tie.

Voting Instructions (voting is open from 21-30 September):

You can only vote one time. After you submit your votes, your Voter ID will be invalidated.

The Board of Directors hopes that you will take the opportunity to participate in the selection of TSA’s Leadership body. Should you have any questions prior to casting your vote, please contact me at secretary@spaatz.org.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.


Michael J. Hower, #895
National Secretary
The Spaatz Association, Inc.

Looking for Benefactors – 2015 Aerospace Leadership Scholarships

As we begin our 2015 Aerospace Leadership Squadron season, we are looking for benefactors to support three (or more) flight scholarships.

Each $2,500 scholarship helps one young leader make the transition from solo to private pilot. At least three scholarships will be awarded in 2015, but we need your help to do more!

The Spaatz Association scholarships are consistently the largest group of flying scholarships available to CAP cadets year-after-year. Since 1997, we have funded over $100,000 in flight hours for deserving young leaders, however, we receive no CAP nor federal money. Our scholarships are fully funded by membership dues and your generous donations.


The Association gives three different types of scholarships:  Endowed, Sponsored, or Named.

  • An endowed scholarship is named for a donor who has made a significant contribution to the Association. A scholarship endowment is designed to either fund a scholarship in perpetuity (as is the case with the Morse Endowment) or for an extended number of years (10+ years) by drawing down principal.
  • A sponsored scholarship is named for a donor who makes made a recurring, annual scholarship contribution (such as the General Carl A. Spaatz scholarship graciously donated each year since 2003 by Ms. Carla Spaatz-Thomas, and the Major General Paul M. Bergman scholarships donated by Mr. Brian Campbell in 2012, 2013, and 2014).
  • A named scholarship is named in honor of an individual (typically deceased), or for a donor who makes a single (one-time) scholarship contribution (such as the Joel Hocker scholarship in 2012).

If you would like to contribute to our scholarship program, click here for more information.  You may also contribute online or obtain information on endowments and bequests from our Donation Center.

The Association is designated as a charitable, non-profit organization under section 503(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Your membership dues, donations to Association programs (scholarships, etc.), travel and lodging for annual meetings, etc., may be fully tax-deductible for federal–and in some cases, state–income tax purposes.  Please consult your tax professional for additional information.

2015 Flight Scholarship Applications Now Open

ALS 2015 Graphic

The application window for our 2015 Aerospace Leadership Scholarships is now open!  Apply before 15 October for consideration.  Click the graphic above for more information! Or click here to download a flyer you can post in your unit!

Spaatz 1902 Presented at the Pentagon

Over 20 personnel gathered in the Secretary of the Air Force Conference Room on 2 July for the presentation of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award (# 1902) to Cadet Colonel Michael R. Poussard, Fairfax Composite Squadron, National Capital Wing.  Lt Gen Stephen L. Hoog, USAF Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, officiated the ceremony.


In addition to Cadet Poussard’s family and several USAF General Officers, CAP Maj Gen Charles L. Carr, Jr., CAP’s National Commander, was present along with many other National Headquarters, Middle East Region, National Capital Wing and Fairfax Composite Squadron personnel.

Cadet Poussard is currently a seminarian in priestly formation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He is currently studying Philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH.

Previously, Cadet Colonel Poussard attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, where he studied Aerospace Engineering on a full (Type 1) Air Force ROTC scholarship.  He is an instrument-rated private pilot with over 300 flight hours.  In 2011, he earned the national-level Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award and the Air Force Association Aerospace Education CAP Cadet of the Year Award.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the USAF Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Welsh III, stopped by to congratulate Cadet Colonel Poussard on a job well done.


2014 National Elections – Voting Now Open


The 2014 elections are upon us.  The Board of Directors invites you as a Lifetime member, dues paying member, or first year Spaatzen to weigh in on the selection of this year’s Board seats.  We have a highly competitive group of candidates competing for this Leadership opportunity.  Please visit our Elections page for additional information on the elections process, or visit the Candidate Biography Page for information on each individual.  Results will be posted on 1 September 2014.

Voting Instructions:

  1. To vote go to elections.spaatz.org
  2. Enter your Voter ID (as provided via separate email)
  3. Enter your Voter ID again for confirmation
  4. Select the candidates you wish to vote for.

You can only vote one time.  After you submit your votes, your Voter ID will be invalidated.

If you haven’t received your Voter ID yet (as of 31 July), please contact me at secretary@spaatz.org.

If your membership has expired and you wish to vote in this year’s election, first UPDATE your online contact information, then RENEW your membership online.  It will take approximately two days for your new membership expiration to be recorded in our voting system and for you to receive your Voter ID.

The Board of Directors hopes that you will take the opportunity to participate in the selection of TSA’s Leadership body.  Should you have any questions prior to casting your vote, please contact me via email or post a question to the bottom of this thread.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.


Michael J. Hower, #895
National Secretary
The Spaatz Association, Inc.


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