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    The Spaatz Association needs you

    Did you earn the Spaatz Award or the Cadet Certificate of Proficiency? Do you want to give back to the organization that started you on your flight path to success? Are you willing to help grow the next generation of air, space, and cyberspace leaders? If so, then we need you...

    Our Programs

    We focus on cadet leadership development through aerospace education and training.
    Aerospace Leadership Scholarships
    The Spaatz Association awards $3,500 flight scholarships each year to deserving cadets who have:

    earned the Mitchell Award
    completed a solo in a powered aircraft, and
    maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school.

    Aerospace Leadership Grants
    In 2013, The Spaatz Association Leadership Grant Program was launched to recognize and encourage the development of leadership excellence through financial support.

    Grants are available for individuals, units, and national-level special programs.

    Mentoring Initiatives
    A key goal of The Association is to promote the development of leadership, professionalism, integrity, and perseverance in America’s youth.

    Our mentoring program develops tomorrow’s leaders…today!

    Two types of membership.

    Membership is open to any Spaatz Award or Cadet Certificate of Proficiency recipient.

    Our Leadership

    Officers of The Spaatz Association are elected for two-year terms.

    Lt Gen (Ret.) Ted Bowlds


    Ted F. Bowlds, Spaatz #290, is serving his second term as the Association’s President. He presently is an independent consultant on aerospace weapon system acquisition, a member of numerous Boards of Advisors for various companies, and teaching acquisition and leadership classes. Ted retired as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and holds the distinction of being the first Spaatz Award recipient to achieve that rank in any branch of the U.S. military.

    JD Ellis

    Vice President

    Janon D. “JD” Ellis, Spaatz #661, recently retired after 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rating of master navigator. JD remains active in the CAP as a Lieutenant Colonel , and currently serves as the Director of Cadet Programs for the National Capital Wing. He is employed as a USAF government civilian.

    Jay Sliwinski

    National Secretary

    Jay Sliwinski, Spaatz #851, is the Emergency Communications Supervisor for Ramsey County, Minnesota. He is currently a Major and active in the Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol.

    John Hedrick


    John W. Hedrick, Spaatz #1411, has worked for the US Department of Homeland Security for over 11 years and is currently assigned to the Philadelphia Principal Field Office for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. John is certified flight instructor and has a BS in aviation management from Wilmington University. John has served as the Treasurer of the Spaatz Association since January 2016.

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