2012 Special Board Elections


We have a tie this year for one of our Director’s seats and, we once again your help is needed to select a candidate. The two nominees and their biographies are attached below for your review.  Just as before, you are asked to follow the instructions listed below using the same Voter ID you were provided with for the main elections.

Instructions are simple and are as follows:

1. To vote go to elections.spaatz.org
2. Enter the following Voter ID: XXXXXXX (already provided)
3. You will be asked to enter your ID twice and
4. You can only vote one time

The following is very important. Once you enter your voter ID you will not be allowed to vote again. An attempt to vote more than once will be rejected. Vote only for one of the two listed candidates. Any vote after the first one will be dropped.

Voting will open 4 July 2012 and end 15 July 2012. It is our hope that each of you will take the opportunity to participate in the selection of TSA’s Leadership body. Should you have any questions prior to casting your vote, please contact our National Secretary, Sandie Aurich at Secretary@officers.spaatz.org. Your participation in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.


Stephen W. Austen

Stephen W. Austen #161
National President
Your Spaatz Association


Nominations for the TSA Board of Directors

Peer Nomination for Sandie Aurich, LtCol. CAP #894

Our National Secretary has decided to step down to make time for academic and other CAP-related pursuits. After talking with her, she would love to continue serving the Association, but in a more focused capacity–one related to her professional education in psychology. As such, I’d like to submit this nomination for Sandie Aurich to fill any open director’s seat this election year.

Sandie Aurich has been an active part of TSA since 2009, first as a general member of the Board of Directors, then as National Secretary. As a member of the TSA leadership team, she has been actively involved in the corporate decision making process, providing input on national marketing and the development of our social network and new website. During her tenure as National Secretary, she attended to all aspects of her duties as prescribed by the Bylaws, Board, and National President and was actively engaged with marketing and obtaining sponsorships for the 2011 and 2012 Mid-Winter Dinner events.

As Spaatz #894, and now a CAP Lieutenant Colonel, Sandie has had a long and distinguished CAP career. She has earned numerous awards for her service in support of the cadet program, including wing-level Cadet of the Year, The Frank G. Brewer Award, wing and region-level Senior Member of the Year, and wing-level Cadet Programs Officer of the Year.

If elected to the Board for the 2012-2014 term, Sandie will focus her efforts on the Association’s most important initiative–building a working mentoring program for cadets and young professionals. Additionally, her vision of a structured marketing program and a of the TSA corporate newsletter would enable our continued outreach and support for developing tomorrow’s leaders.

I highly recommend Lt Col Aurich for election to The Spaatz Association Board of Directors.

MICHAEL J. HOWER, Lt Col, CAP (Lt Col (Ret.), USAF) #895
Board Member and Website Program Director
The Spaatz Association, Inc.


Peer-Nomination for Brian M. Campbell, CAP #1219

I enthusiastically and without hesitation nominate Brian M. Campbell of Dover, DE, for election to a term of service as a director on the TSA Board. I have known Brian for nearly two decades and was privileged to present him with Spaatz Award number 1219 during my service as CAP National Commander (1993-1996).

Since then, Brian has risen through the CAP ranks, serving as a CAP squadron commander, member of the Delaware Wing Headquarters staff, and a full-time professionally employed staff member in the Cadet Programs Directorate at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB AL. While at HQ CAP, Brian conceived, crafted, and executed numerous initiatives that benefitted the CAP cadet program and which remain in use across the country a dozen years later.

Today, Brian is a devoted husband, father, and successful businessman in Delaware. He daily demonstrates and models the qualities of leadership, service, and excellence that are epitomized by the CAP cadet program and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. Most recently, Brian endowed a TSA Aviation Leadership Scholarship in the name of CAP Brig Gen Paul M. Berman, CAP National Commander from 1996 to 1998. This ALS was presented just last month at TSA’s 2012 Mid-Winter Meeting and Awards Dinner in Washington DC.

I cannot speak strongly enough about the energy and devotion that Brian will bring to a seat on the TSA Board. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to make this nomination, and I urge the TSA membership to give Brian the strongest possible consideration. TSA will be well served by his stewardship in a position of leadership and trust.

Brigadier General, CAP
Chair, Board of Governors

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