TEMPLE (October 9, 2012)--A Temple resident and a Waco resident will be presented with the highest cadet honor for Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Spaatz Award.
It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Cadets devote an average of 5 years to achieve 16 objectives in the CAP program followed by a rigorous four-part exam.
The exam consists of multiple choice questions on leadership and aerospace, and a challenging fitness test.
On average, it is estimated that about two cadets per 1,000 earn the prestigious award.
Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.
Both Joshua Pravel of Waco and John Gomez-Simmons of Temple received the award the same day in August.
An award ceremony to recognize their achievements is slated for Saturday at the Cultural Activities Center.
Another presentation will be for the Billy Mitchell Award, an award that marks completion of the second of four phases in the program.
Fritz Sala will be presented with the Billy Mitchell Award, allowing him to be promoted to cadet second lieutenant.
Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Douglas H. Owens will present the awards beginning at 11 a.m.
The ceremony is expected to end around noon.
The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
Among his many achievements, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.