3rd Quarter Grant Applications Due 31 July

Time is running out to get your 3rd quarter Leadership Grant applications in.  Applications are due by 1600 Eastern Time on 31 July 2014 to qualify for grading.  Grant applications not awarded in the 1st or 2nd quarters will remain on file and be reconsidered for a maximum of one year, or until the funding date (the date funds are needed by the member) has passed, whichever is earlier.

Each year, the Association will approve up to $20,000 in leadership grants to individuals or units at the squadron, group, or wing level. Grant requests may be of any amount, so long as they are used directly for programs and activities associated with cadet leadership development.

Individual Grants

  • Designed for cadets who have earned the Billy Mitchell Award, and have at least a 3.0 GPA (normalized on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be used to start a service project, complete leadership training, or perform other leadership development-related activities.
  • Are not for powered flight nor academic work. For flight scholarships, cadets may apply for the annual Spaatz Association Aerospace Leadership Scholarships.
  • Cadet must not have received a similar grant within the past 12 months (from date of application).

Unit Grants

  • Designed for units at the squadron, group, or wing level that need funding to conduct CADET leadership development-related activities.
  • Are not for powered flight, emergency services, nor aerospace education-related work unless the designed activity has a direct leadership development component.

How Do I Apply?

Grant thumbnail1) Download an application form below (see Where Can I Get More Information?).

2) Read the embedded instructions and fill out the form.

3)  Scan the form.  Actual signatures are required.

4)  Upload the form at using the APPLY NOW button!

Grants are made four times each year.  Your application will be kept on file for 12 months.

Apply Online

Apply online each quarter!

For more information, or to find out your grant application status, contact us at grants@spaatz.org.

Newest Spaatz Award Recipients

The Spaatz Association is pleased to announce the most recent Spaatz Award recipients from National Headquarters/Cadet Programs!

1944 Patrick Arnold 17-May-14 OK 074
1945 David A. Eudy 28-May-14 SC 096
1946 Mark A. Eudy 28-May-14 SC 096
1947 Abagail C. Dickerson 26-May-14 TN 189
1948 James I. Stevens 24-May-14 TX 142
1949 Ethan J. Dunlap 20-May-14 PA 010
1950 Anthony R. Cummins 11-Jun-14 CA 034
1951 Joshua D. Lewis 11-Jun-14 FL 447
1952 Adam M. Hocutt 14-Jun-14 CT 004
1953 Rachael L. Bailey 14-Jun-14 NC 022
1954 Joshua D. Waters 14-Jun-14 NC 301
1955 Robert Li 17-Jun-14 SC 020
1956 Benjamin Parmer 19-Jun-14 AR 115
1957 Nathan C. Shinabarger 14-Jun-14 IN 220
1958 Benjamin Shea 8-Jun-14 AL 090
1959 Jared J. Mohler 19-Jun-14 OH 139
1960 John T. Rowan 8-Jun-14 MD 007
1961 Korbin T. Niehaus 27-Jun-14 TN 185
1962 Evan C. Unruh 14-Jul-14 WA 080
1963 Matthew C. Skelton 14-Jul-14 WA 050
1964 Jason S. Reed 16-Jul-14 IN 126

New Spaatz Award recipients receive a free year of membership in The Spaatz Association, and are eligible to participate in all Spaatz Alumni events and elections, as well as serve on the Association Board as Directors or Officers.

(If you have pictures or newsletter articles from any Spaatz presentation, please send them to us at info@spaatz.org for posting on our website.)

For more information on membership in The Spaatz Association, visit our Membership section page.

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 http://training.fema.gov/empp/.

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 elections@officers.spaatz.org.


Mike Hower, #895
National Secretary



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