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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.”

Seeing Double: S. Carolina Brothers Receive Spaatz Awards in Pentagon Ceremony

Republished from CAP Volunteer Now (link).

Kristi Carr
Contributing writer

There’s nothing like a U.S. general to make a big Civil Air Patrol event even bigger. With the Pentagon as a backdrop, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented South Carolina Wing brothers David and Adam Eudy with their Gen. Carl A. Spaatz awards in September.


David Eudy, Spaatz 1945


Adam Eudy, Spaatz 1946


The Long Blue Line

The general

Chief Petty Officer Derrick Davenport, Dempsey’s senior aide and a close family friend of the Eudys, orchestrated the very special presentation of CAP’s most prestigious cadet honor, achieved by less than one-half of 1 percent of all cadets.

Davenport is well-known in military culinary circles. As the 2013 Chef of the Year, he took the U.S. culinary team to an international gold medal and is currently the U.S. team’s manager. He first met the Eudy family about five years ago when Adam was barely a teenager but nevertheless apprenticing with well-known chef Robert Irvine, who operates the restaurant “eat!” on Hilton Head Island and hosts the Food Network show “Restaurant Impossible.”


Before you could say “Check, please,” Adam was working with the Pentagon’s culinary team and the White House chef. He has participated in four consecutive military culinary competitions at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia, where he conducted culinary demonstrations, assisted the culinary teams and met several other chefs and pastry artists.

Winner of the South Carolina Skills USA culinary arts competition the past three years, he recently finished sixth in the nation. He has served for the past three years as the pastry chef for four-star Gen. Robert Cone’s annual Christmas party, with guests who included more than 200 high-ranking military officials and dignitaries from 17 countries. He is just coming off five days of preparation and cooking at the White House for the Annual Congressional Picnic.

What started as a homeschooling project and a way to make some spending money has mushroomed into a perfect meld of culinary interest and CAP, where Adam serves as cadet commander for the Low Country Composite Squadron. Besides mentoring younger cadets in his squadron and participating in the unit’s color guard, he is the recorder for the South Carolina Wing’s Cadet Advisory Council, was named the 2014 South Carolina Air Force Association Cadet of the Year, has served as an instructor in the Middle East Region’s Regional Cadet Leadership School-South, has visited the United Kingdom through the International Air Cadet Exchange and has participated in numerous encampments and CAP Legislative Day.

Add in his work as a puppeteer for Creative Ministries, participation in the Hilton Head Youth Symphony as a violinist and his membership in Junior Toastmasters International, and he has — pardon the pun — a full plate.

Even so, he found time to pursue the Spaatz award with its tests on leadership, aerospace, character and fitness.


Not to be outdone by his younger brother, David was also in hot pursuit of a Spaatz award. Like his father, Mark, David’s interests center on the church; he is majoring in Christian studies with a minor in aerospace studies at Charleston Southern University. And like his brother, he was his squadron’s cadet commander and South Carolina’s AFA Cadet of the Year (for 2013), belonged to Junior Toastmasters International and served (as vice chairman) on the wing’s Cadet Advisory Council.

David earned his solo wings in a Cessna 172 at the wing’s Flight Academy earlier this year and was named South Carolina 2014 Cadet of the Year. He has earned ribbons for search and rescue and two finds.
He has assumed several leadership roles, including service as an evaluator and trainer for other cadets who want to serve on staff for future wing events. He’s also participated i8n CAP’s National Glider Academy, National Flight Academy, National Blue Beret, Cadet Officer School and International Air Cadet Exchange, visiting Belgium.

Also homeschooled, David is the lead puppeteer for Creative Ministries, has been active in baseball and swimming and is an accomplished guitarist, playing for his church’s praise band as well as at the Main Street Youth Theater and the Coastal Arts Center on Hilton Head Island. He serves as a part-time music minister at two local churches and plays for special events in the community.

The Eudy family

David and Adam, now Spaatz Nos. 1945 and 1946, respectively, come from a family that is thoroughly CAP. Parents, Mark, a minister, and Crystall, a nurse, are both captains, and younger brother Noah, 15, is a cadet second lieutenant. Twins Levi and Lydia, 13, are cadet staff sergeants.
While their mother noted a bit of competition between the two working on their Spaatz awards — David got his submitted just 30 seconds before Adam hit “send” — David told a local news outlet, “It’s really cool to have your brother, who joined (CAP) with you …, by your side the whole entire time.”

The Pentagon experience

“The general is such a humble man, with a great heart for young adults. His desk was Gen. MacArthur’s desk from World War II. And, yes, I got to salute him, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs!” David said.
Adam added, “Going to a place as iconic as the Pentagon was incredible. Because of the awards ceremony, we were given clearance to drive right up to the front door of the river entrance, where I’m told only foreign dignitaries and high-ranking officials are permitted to arrive. After the presentation we were given a tour of the Pentagon — really neat, as all the floors and corridors are different.”

And now?

David has joined Air Force ROTC at his college and has hopes of becoming an Air Force chaplain. Adam is off to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Even the general’s wife, Deanie Dempsey, wrote on her Facebook page, “Not only is it special that this is the first time that two brothers received the award at the same time, but also that Marty’s senior enlisted aide, Senior Chief Derrick Davenport, has been mentoring these young leaders for over three years. It is great to know that these young men are inspired to serve and also to see our service members investing in the next generation of leaders!”

Davenport added, “When I asked Gen. Dempsey if he would present Adam and David with the prestigious Gen. Spaatz award, he agreed without hesitation. During the presentation, he spoke of the rich history of the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol and the remarkable accomplishments of these two brothers to receive an award that very few cadets attain.”

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.


Spaatz 1931 Awarded in Brooklyn

On 19 April, C/Col Tianna Chin was awarded the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award by Col Thomas Owens, II, USAF of the 106th Rescue Wing based  at Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Long Island, NY.

Adapted from a press release courtesy of 1Lt Debbie Peters, Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron

C/Col Tianna Chin of the Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron in Brooklyn, NY, receives the 1931 General Carl A. Spaatz Award

Tianna Chin became a member of Civil Air Patrol on January 31st, 2010, when she joined the Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron out of Brooklyn, NY. She began her career by attending her basic encampment in 2010 as a Foxtrot Florentine. After encampment, she quickly progressed through the CAP program and shortly became the Cadet Commander and held the position from 2011-2012. During her term, she worked tirelessly to turn a squadron of four active members to a squadron of at least 25 active members. Additionally, in 2012 she ran a successful bivouac for the entire New York City Group which had representation from most squadrons in the group.

Throughout her Civil Air Patrol career cadet Chin has reached out to all squadrons in NYCG and even traveled to other wings to share her experiences. She has staffed encampments in both New York Wing and Connecticut Wing. Additionally, she also participates actively as a staff member in the Northeast Region Cadet Leadership School. Throughout her cadet career she has been award a New York City Council Citation, Veterans Affairs Officer of the Year Awards, Air Force Associate Cadet of the Year Award, and Achievement Award for all of her efforts.

Tianna attempted her first Spaatz examination summer of 2013, and failed one portion by only two questions. Incidentally, she celebrated her fourth anniversary of Civil Air Patrol membership by retaking her exam on February 1st, 2014 and passing. She will be celebrating her last summer as a cadet by participating in Pennsylvania Wing’s cadet training schools as the Standards and Evaluations Officer in Charge of over 400 students and will be attending the International Cadet Exchange Program in the United Kingdom. Tianna is currently a student at Stony Brook University studying biochemistry. She is also a contracted Air Force ROTC cadet who will be attending field training this summer. In the Air Force, she would like to pursue Military Intelligence or Space and Missiles.

Excerpt from C/Col Chin’s speech at the ceremony on 19 April, 2014:

“When I first joined CAP, I was among about 20,000 cadets nationwide; there are over 21 billion teenagers nationwide. A year later, I was part of an elite 15%, then 5%, then 2%, and four years later .5%. I didn’t start at .5%, I started like everyone else, a basic.

Four years later, I am standing in front of you all witnessing how much this squadron has grown and how much I have grown. I want to share with everyone sitting here what being involved in this program, which has been so fundamental to my development, has taught me.

The older you get the harder it gets. You’re going to find yourself faced with making decisions that you haven’t read about in your leadership textbooks, where you can’t find the answers on Google. I learned that a lot of things become outdated and unreliable as time goes on but one thing I learned is that my Core Values always find a way to guide me. Never let integrity leave your side.

You can tell a lot about cadets, or people for that matter, from their parents. Being in this program taught me to deal with diversity and I now possess a greater understanding of why diversity happens, thanks to Civil Air Patrol. In a short time span I have met with cadets from all backgrounds even cadets from different countries.”

Used with permission.  Original source article –

Spaatz Association Gathers Aerospace Leaders and Pioneers in Support of the CAP Cadet Program

By 1st Lt Duane L. Johnson, CAP and Capt Amanda Folberg, CAP.    Photographs by C/SMSgt Benjamin Geiss, CAP.

The Spaatz Association’s 12th Annual Mid-Winter Dinner and Awards Gala was held on March 1st, 2014, at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott hotel in Northern Virginia.  This year’s event, attended by more than 125 Spaatz Award recipients, Civil Air Patrol members, service men and women, and distinguished guests was a truly spectacular event celebrating 50 Years of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and the modern day Cadet Program.

The dinner was the highlight of a weeklong series of CAP events held in our nation’s capital, which included the National Command Council Mid-Year meeting, the National Cadet Advisory Council meeting, and the Civic Leadership Academy.

The event was hosted by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ted Bowlds,  Spaatz Association National President, and featured keynote speaker, Lieutenant General Judith Fedder, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support at Headquarters, United States Air Force.  Attendees were also treated to an exciting presentation by Ms. DeDe Laver, General Spaatz’s granddaughter, who spoke of her grandfather and examples of his leadership.  Other Spaatz family members who participated in the event were Mr. Carl Spaatz-Thomas, grandson of General Spaatz, and Ms. Rebecca Gresham.  Also in attendance was aviation pioneer Mary Feik, namesake of third achievement award in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

General Fedder presented the attendees with an introduction to the current challenges that face the Air Force, the CAP, our nation, and our youth in the coming decade.  She also expressed her support and admiration for CAP and how its volunteers come together to enable the organization to not only perform missions for America, but develop our youth for tomorrow.  She remarked that was “inspired not just by the cadets, but also by the commitment of the Spaatz [Association] members to continue to serve Civil Air Patrol.”  Following General Fedder’s talk, Ms. Laver provided a provided a rare and insightful look into General Spaatz’s leadership style and family history.

To help honor the 50th anniversary of the Spaatz Award, CAP historians provided a rate display that showcased uniforms, insignia, and documents from throughout the years.  Major Jacob Gerstein, CAP’s National Curator, and 1st Lt Colleen McCormick were on hand to discuss CAP history and the evolution of the CAP Cadet Program.

Above: Kenneth Kelly, Brig Gen Joseph Vazquez, and Lt Gen Fedder, present Capt Eashan Samak the Spaatz Award certificate.

Above: Kenneth Kelly, Brig Gen Joseph Vazquez, and Lt Gen Fedder, present Capt Eashan Samak the Spaatz Award certificate.

Six Aerospace Leadership Scholarships and four Leadership Grants were awarded to deserving individuals and units.  In addition, Capt Eashan Samak of the Maryland Wing and C/Col Ulric Groves of the Virginia Wing received their Spaatz Awards from Lieutenant General Fedder, and National Vice Commander, Brigadier General Joseph Vazquez, CAP.  Mr.  Kenneth Kelly, the second Spaatz Award recipient, was on-hand for the awards and presented each cadet with a silver commemorative Spaatz coin.

The evening came to a close with the National Capital Wing Color Guard retiring the colors.  C/Col John Robertson, Aerospace Leadership Scholarship recipient, made this comment, “It was an incredible night.  It was great to meet the Spaatz Association members and see their passion to give back to the Civil Air Patrol program.”  Ms. Laver expressed her appreciation for the evening, “I have had a wonderful and great experience through the years at the annual Spaatz dinner.”

The next Spaatz Association Mid-Winter Dinner and Awards Gala is scheduled for March 2015, in conjunction with the 2015 CAP Command Council Mid-Year Meeting.  For more information, visit

Pictured above are the recipients of the Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award that attended this year’s dinner.

Pictured above are the recipients of the Gen Carl A. Spaatz Award that attended this year’s dinner.

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