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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.”

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.)

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 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

Your participation is greatly appreciated.


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

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 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

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