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Spaatz Award Recipients from the NJ Wing

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The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.

The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.

The Spaatz Award is named in honor of General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with another pilot, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.

William B. Matzko

#66 - 3 Jul 1968

Paul Doto, Jr.

#137 - 31 Dec 1970

Thomas E. Giodano

#263 - Sep 19 Feb 1974

James R. Bielk

#322 - 5 May 1975

Sandra D. Sullivan

#323 - 5 May 1975

Robert A. Karsten

#324 - 9 May 1975

Florence L. Dibenedetto

#353 - 17 Sep 1975

Paul W. Morich

#363 - 15 Dec 1975

Ronald S. Merriman

#382 - 16 Apr 1976

Larry J. Mayer

#415 - 30 Dec 1976

Bruce E. Ware

#485 - 17 Sep 1975

James S. Natale

#490 - 6 Oct 1978

William J. Smith

#492 - 9 Nov 1978

Alex Baldi

#557 - 16 Sep 1980

Thomas A. Kuster

#596 - 28 Jan 1982

Gregory F. Weidenfeld

#614 - 6 Jul 1982

Guy D. Cusumano

#656 - 8 Aug 1983

Donald A. Brucato

#724 - 30 Nov 1984

John G. Briar

#754 - 30 Jun 1985

Kenneth A. Hawthorn

#778 - 20 Nov 1985

David P. Briar

#807 - 30 Jun 1986

Stephen C. Gara

#859 - 16 Sep 1987

Robert R. Belmont

#866 - 15 Dec 1987

Harry K. Magazu

#875 - 7 Mar 1988

Michael R. Teger

#925 - 23 Jan 1989

Matthew W. Lacy

#931 - 28 Mar 1989

Joseph R. Martinez, III

#948 - 14 Jul 1989

Steven Drollinger

#981 - 5 Feb 1990

Peter L. Carrabba

#982 - 20 Feb 1990

James Stanislaski

#999 - 17 May 1990

José M. Figueroa

#1121 - 10 Jul 1992

Jeffrey R. Da Gama

#1141 - 4 Nov 1992

Robert M. Motz

#1232 - 7 Dec 1994

Michael J. Doniger

#1234 - 12 Dec 1994

Jessica R. Kratz

#1306 - 28 Aug 1996

Richard A. Webb

#1314 - 1 Dec 1996

Kevin M. Cavell

#1345 - 29 Nov 1997

Samuel W. Morgan, III

#1348 - 11 Aug 1997

Scott E. Bruck

#1366 - 3 May 1998

Anthony P. J. Valdivieso

#1387 - 25 Oct 1998

Kevin D. Robertson

#1394 -5 Apr 1999

Andrew E. Webb

#1419 - 15 Feb 2000

James J. Wyatt

#1458 - 11 May 2002

Matthew T. Doran

#1459 - 15 May 2002

Benjamin D. Madovoy

#1559 - 1 Jun 2005

Donald P. DeGarmo IV

#1574 - 23 Nov 2005

David Maver V

#1628 - 20 Feb 2007

Jamie Z. Wright

#1689 - 5 Apr 2008

Stephen E. Rogacki

#1736 - 25 Jun 2009

Stasia M. Rogacki

#1740 - 5 Aug 2009

Taylor A. Loving

#1803 - 4 Aug 2011

Alexandra M. Dwyer

#1973 - 23 Oct 2014

Matthew C. Jackson

#2000 - 10 Aug 2015

Benjamin Conlin

#2014 - 30 Oct 2015

John E. Rogacki

#2049 - 13 Jun 2016

David A. DeBenedictis

#2054 - 19 Jul 2016

John L. Godfrey

#2068 - 8 Sep 2016

Rachel M. Scheller

#2071 - 10 Oct 2016

William R. Godfrey

#2122 - 20 Jul 2017

David M. Acampora

#2148 - 14 Jan 2018

Conor J. Callaghan

#2154 - 7 Feb 2018

Patrick Jackson

#2155 - 16 Feb 2018

Michael L. Mucciarone

#2179 - 7 Jun 2018

Daniel A. Lisle

#2182 - 16 Jun 2018

Joyce Xu

#2191 - 14 Jul 2018

Chance Euchler

#2252 - 13 Aug 2019

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