Cadet earns top Civil Air Patrol honor

posted Nov 10, 2015, 3:28 PM by Frank Tino   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 3:29 PM ]


Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information / Published November 09, 2015

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson tells Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, about his desire to fly aircraft during a visit where he was presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015. Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson tells Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, about his desire to fly aircraft during a visit where he was presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015. Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Cadet earns top Civil Air Patrol honor

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information / Published November 09, 2015

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presents Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015.  Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presents Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015. Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson tells Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, about his desire to fly aircraft during a visit where he was presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015. Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Matthew C. Jackson tells Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, about his desire to fly aircraft during a visit where he was presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Pentagon, Nov. 9, 2015. Jackson is the 2,000th recipient of this award, and he serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol, in West Trenton, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award to Cadet Col. Matthew Jackson, a Civil Air Patrol cadet, during a Nov. 9 ceremony at the Pentagon.

“We’re recognizing Matt as he joins an elite group,” Welsh said. “Just 0.2 -- not 2.2 -- percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets earn the Spaatz award.”

The Spaatz award was established in 1964 and is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. Cadets qualify for the award after devoting an average of five years to progress through 16 achievements in the CAP’s cadet program, culminating in a rigorous four-part exam including a physical fitness test, essay exam on moral reasoning, comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education.

Upon passing all Spaatz award exams, the cadet is promoted to the rank of cadet colonel. Since its inception, only 2,003 cadets have earned the Spaatz award -- on average, two out of every 1,000.

Jackson serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, West Trenton, New Jersey.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presented the General Carl A. Spaatz Award to Cadet Col. Matthew Jackson, a Civil Air Patrol cadet, during a Nov. 9 ceremony at the Pentagon.

“We’re recognizing Matt as he joins an elite group,” Welsh said. “Just 0.2 -- not 2.2 -- percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets earn the Spaatz award.”

The Spaatz award was established in 1964 and is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. Cadets qualify for the award after devoting an average of five years to progress through 16 achievements in the CAP’s cadet program, culminating in a rigorous four-part exam including a physical fitness test, essay exam on moral reasoning, comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education.

Upon passing all Spaatz award exams, the cadet is promoted to the rank of cadet colonel. Since its inception, only 2,003 cadets have earned the Spaatz award -- on average, two out of every 1,000.

Jackson serves in the Twin Pine Composite Squadron of the New Jersey Wing, West Trenton, New Jersey.
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