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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.

    Aerospace Education (Post-Secondary) Scholarships
    Every year the TSA gives out a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to an deserving cadet for use in higher education.

    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.

    JD Ellis

    President

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

    Matt Chirik

    Vice President

    Matthew J. Chirik, Spaatz #2135, currently serves as the Search and Rescue Officer for New Jersey Wing and as the National CAP-Spaatz Association Liaison. Having joined CAP in 2011, he has attended and staffed several NCSAs including three years on the staff of National Blue Beret, four years and a permanent member of the staff of Hawk Mountain Ranger School, and has attended the National Character and Leadership Symposium. He is currently a rated Incident Commander and active in the emergency services program across Northeast Region. In his professional life, he is currently studying Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He also works for the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation as a civilian staff member of the Fire Department's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Unit at Philadelphia International Airport.

    Jay Sliwinski

    National Secretary

    Jay Sliwinski, Spaatz #851, is a Public Safety Dispatcher for the Emergency Communications Center in Ramsey County, Minnesota. He is currently a Lt Col in Civil Air Patrol.

    David Pattillo

    Treasurer

    David A. Pattillo, Spaatz #395, retired from the US Army after 20 years of service. He holds the Master Parachutist Badge with 100 military tactical jumps. He participated in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada 1983) and Uphold Democracy (Haiti 1994). His second career was with the Department of Veterans Affairs where he retired as a senior healthcare administrator. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Healthcare Executives and is active as a Board Member in several veteran and local organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree from The Citadel and graduate degrees in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and strategic studies from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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