N.J. Cadet Honored as Spaatz Award Recipient #2000

The Spaatz Association is proud to announce Spaatz Award Recipient #2000 — New Jersey Wing Cadet Col. Matthew Jackson. Association President, Lt Gen Ted Bowlds, notified Cadet Jackson of his award on August 10th. C/Col Jackson will be the guest of the Association at the 2015 Air Force Association National Convention in Maryland, where his award will be presented.

Article below reprinted courtesy of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer Now, 10 August 2015

The most elite group in Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program gained its 2,000th member today – a milestone 50 years in the making – when Cadet Col. Matthew Jackson of the New Jersey Wing’s Twin Pine Composite Squadron achieved the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Jackson, 17, joined his Trenton-based squadron and CAP in 2010 and has participated in many training opportunities, including a glider flight academy and numerous encampments, as well as CAP’s last two annual legislative days on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He is pursuing an appointment next year to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Jackson receives the Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award at the 2015 New Jersey Wing Basic Encampment graduation on Saturday. Presenting the award to Jackson is Col. Joseph Sirois, Northeast Region vice commander south. Earlier today, Jackson learned he is also the 2000th recipient of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – CAP’s highest cadet honor, wh ich carries with it promotion to cadet colonel.

Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Jackson receives the Gen. Ira C. Eaker Award at the 2015 New Jersey Wing Basic Encampment graduation on Saturday. Presenting the award to Jackson is Col. Joseph Sirois, Northeast Region vice commander south. Earlier today, Jackson learned he is also the 2000th recipient of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – CAP’s highest cadet honor, wh ich carries with it promotion to cadet colonel.

Less than one-half of 1 percent of all cadets achieve the Spaatz award, which was first bestowed in November 1964. Recipients are identified with a sequential number. “Even though 2,000 is a big number, it’s small in comparison to the numbers enrolled in CAP’s cadet program,” said the president of the Spaatz Association, made up of award recipients, Spaatz No. 290 Lt. Gen. (USAF Retired) Ted Bowlds. “For only 2,000 to have achieved this award speaks to how prestigious and hard it is to earn.”

The award is named in honor of Gen. Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. Along with another pilot, he set an important flight endurance record in the early days of aviation, and during World War II he commanded the Allied air campaign, including the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When he retired from the Air Force, Spaatz served as the first chairman of CAP’s National Board.

Spaatz No. 1, presented in November 1964, was awarded to Col. Douglas C. Roach of CAP’s Michigan Wing. Roach served as a highly decorated Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War and went on to fly with the famous Thunderbirds. When he retired from the Air Force, he continued in public service as a congressional aide who served both sides of the aisle prior to his death in 2013.

Other notable Spaatz recipients include Air Force Col. Eric Boe, Spaatz No.648. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy and NASA astronaut who piloted Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2008 as well as Discovery in 2011. Another is Kevin Redman, Spaatz No. 722, who went on to work on optics for the Hubble Telescope for NASA. Others have made their marks outside of aviation and aerospace, as doctors, writers, and even actors.

Spaatz cadets are expected to follow Spaatz’s example, serving as role models for junior cadets and later becoming leaders in their communities. To qualify to take the Spaatz exam, cadets must prove themselves as “servant-leaders” by succeeding in ever more challenging duty assignments and leadership expectations. The successful Spaatz candidate averages five years to progress through 16 achievements and four milestones in the CAP Cadet Program. In that time they serve as mentors and instructors, attend and staff numerous activities, complete rigorous testing in aerospace topics, attend dedicated high-level leadership schools, maintain a high level of personal fitness and live CAP’s Core Values.

During the actual four-part Spaatz exam, a cadet must pass two proctored written exams, one on leadership and one on aerospace. Both tests are comprehensive exams of all the materials a cadet has studied since they joined. A written essay is also required; evaluated at CAP’s National Headquarters, the essay requires the cadet to analyze an ethical issue and articulate a thoughtful, persuasive, well-organized response. A further required component is physical fitness, assessed by a candidate’s successful completion of a mile or shuttle run and various exercises.

Joining the ranks of Spaatz recipients can have life-changing effects, said CAP Brig. Gen. Rich Anderson, former Spaatz Association president and Spaatz recipient No. 193. “I earned the award in 1972, and the training that led to it resulted in a degree of discipline that has impacted my life in many positive ways,” he said.

Anderson went on to serve in the Air Force for 30 years, retiring as a colonel six years ago. He now represents Northern Virginia in that state’s legislature. He also served as CAP national commander from 1993-1996. “Everything I have done was directly influenced by my CAP cadet training and specifically by the leadership opportunities that arose out of being a Spaatz recipient,” he said.

Curt Lafond, CAP’s director of cadet programs and Spaatz No. 1,030, knows firsthand what achieving a Spaatz takes and what the recipients are ready, willing and able to give back to their communities and their country. “What the Spaatz Award really represents is a young person’s ongoing commitment to service and excellence, a commitment to a journey,” Lafond said.

Bowlds stressed the common threads binding Spaatz recipients. “I can see the elements of what it takes to earn the Spaatz award whenever I meet fellow recipients,” he said. “You can see those traits in them and see how they have shaped their lives, what they’ve tried to do and how they’ve done it. The entire program leaves a fingerprint on those individuals that never truly goes away.”

Third Quarter Leadership Grant Applications – Due 31 July

Time is running out to get your Leadership Grant applications in for this quarter.  Applications are due by 1600 Eastern Time on 31 July to qualify for grading.  Grant applications not awarded previously 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.

Grants are available for individuals and units (at squadron, group, wing, region, or national levels).  For more information, see our Leadership Grant page.

How Do I Apply?

Grant thumbnail1) Download an application form (see below).

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.

Only Two Weeks Left to Self Nominate


There are only two weeks left to self-nominate for the 2015-2017 Board of Directors!  This year, we are filling 7 seats:

  • Vice President – held by Janon D. Ellis
  • Treasurer – held by Bruce Krell
  • Director Seat # 1 – held by Austyn W. Granville
  • Director Seat # 3 – held by Sandie D. Aurich
  • Director Seat # 5 – held by Alan Dickinson
  • Director Seat # 7 – held by Robert J. Mattes
  • Director Seat # 9 – held by Antonio Barroso

In May 2014, the Board changed the requirements for self-nominations.  Effective for this election, TWO nominating documents are required:
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  • A resume evidencing your qualifications to serve as a Board Member. Note this is NOT a CAP resume; rather it is an opportunity to present your background and qualifications to serve in the capacity of Officer or Director in a fraternal, non-profit organization with financial assets in excess of $250,000.
  • A brief statement reflecting your vision for the Association, the goals you will pursue during your term, and how you will actively pursue those goals as part of our Working Board.

Both items listed above should be separate documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Deadline for self-nominations 15 July 2015.

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

Second Quarter 2015 Grant Awardees

The Spaatz Association is proud to announce its 2nd Quarter 2015 Leadership Grant awardees.

Period Grant Awardee Type Amount
2Q 2015 MER Honor Guard Academy Unit  $2,000
2Q 2015 Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron Speak Up for Success Program Unit  $1,500
2Q 2015 Jessie Carpenter – Cadet Officer School Individual  $655.70
2Q 2015 East Bay Cadet Squadron Basic Cadet School/Airman Training School Unit  $1,500

For others who submitted grant applications for the first or second quarter but were not selected, your application will remain on file until the Latest Funding Date noted on your application.  You may submit an update to your application at any time via the website.  Watch the Grant Page for recommendations on what makes a good grant package, culled from the packages of the first and second quarter selectees, in coming weeks.

The Leadership Grant Program is designed to foster leadership development in CAP cadets and may be used to defray the cost of any type of leadership development activity for individuals and units.

Grants are issued quarterly! Watch the website for reminders on grant application windows. For more information and to apply, visit our Grant Program page.

2015 Elections – Nominations Open


Do you have what it takes to serve on our leadership team?  If so, we want you!  Submit your nomination now for the 2015-2017 Board elections.

Deadline for self-nominations 15 July 2015.

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


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