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.

Mike Hower

National Secretary

Mike Hower, Spaatz #895, is an independent consultant specializing in education, knowledge management, leadership, and strategy development. He recently retired from active duty as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after 20+ years of service, and he now advises The Air University on distance learning education for officer professional military development. In 2015, he surpassed 30-years of continuous service to the 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 interim Treasurer of the Spaatz Association since January 2016.

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