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    Board of Directors Elections

    This year, as required by The Association’s Bylaws, eligible members will elect two Officers and six Directors to take office and replace those who will complete their two-year terms. The Association Needs highly qualified members with proven track records to serve on the Board.

    Vice-President Director #1 Director #7
    Treasurer Director #3 Director #9
      Director #5 Director #10

    As with previous years, we will communicate election particulars, accept nominations/applications, and manage all balloting via the website (and email, if subscribed to updates).

    The Election Committee will build a slate of candidates based on nominations and applications received from individuals via our website.

    Nomination and Application Requirements

    In May 2014, the Board changed the requirements for applications.  See the Elections Frequently Asked Questions page for requirements.

    All incumbents, if interested in competing for a 2021-2023 Board position must apply via the website before the deadline.

    Nominations Received


    Statement Reflecting Vision: If reelected, I will continue to work with the board to take TSA into the new era of online engagement. I intend to work with the board and recruit new members from the younger generation of Spaatzen (arguably our most unengaged/underserved demographic) to embrace virtual development, mentorship, fundraising, and philanthropic activities. I will continue to work with NHQ Cadet Programs to incorporate TSA initiatives into the future of CAP Cadet Program while strengthening our already great relationship with CAP National Leadership.

    100-Word Biographical Summary: Matthew J. Chirik, Spaatz #2135, currently serves as Commander of Philadelphia Composite Squadron 103 and on the CAP National Headquarters Cadet Team as the 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, serves as a permeant 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. Chirik has served on the Spaatz Association Board of Directors since 2018 and as Vice President since 2020.
    In his professional life, he is currently studying Emergency Management at Bucks County Community College and Public Relations at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, Chirik serves as a Firefighter/EMT at Cornwells Fire Company in Bensalem, PA and as a Hazardous Materials Technician on the Bucks County Special Operations Team.

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    Statement Reflecting Vision: My goal is to maintain a financially solvent organization and to build its financial assets. The principal goal is ensure the organization is able to meet is purpose to support Civil Air Patrol cadets with scholarships and grants for flight training, academic pursuits, and leadership development. I intend to achieve these goals by supporting the organization through transparent reporting of financial assets.

    100-Word Biographical Summary: I currently serve as the TSA Treasurer having been appointed in November 2019. I earned my Spaatz (#395) in 1974 as a cadet with the Florida Wing (Pompano Beach Cadet Squadron). I retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 20 years of service. My awards include the Legion of Merit and Master Parachutist Wings. I participated in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada – 1983) and Uphold Democracy (Haiti – 1994). I have two graduate degrees and have served as treasurer of several organizational boards.

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    (In order nominations received)
    Statement Reflecting Vision: My vision for the Spaatz Association is that over the next three years, we will become an even more active, visible, advocacy group that furthers advancement of our Civil Air Patrol cadets both now and throughout their future careers.  My goals include (1) increasing our visibility as cadet advocates, mentors, and supporters throughout Civil Air Patrol (2) increase the support of aviation scholarships and aerospace career support for aspiring and visionary cadet leaders, and (3) increase the visibility of other aviation and military career paths for our cadets and Spaatz recipients.   I will work to achieve these goals through a personal commitment to advocacy, mentoring, and support through my many contacts with commanders, chaplains, and other key leaders in CAP.  I will personally commit resources to help encourage aviation scholarships and training.  I will personally commit to work with my contacts at all levels in CAP to help highlight the Spaatz Association’s role in “harnessing the collective energy, enthusiasm, experience, and talent of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.”

    100-Word Biographical Summary: 
    My secular career began as a Management Trainee with Sears Roebuck and Company leading to store management assignments.  Eventually, I was promoted to the Home Office where I worked as an Associate Buyer.  I joined a regional retailer as a buyer and later founded and managed my own aviation retail, pilot services and training company. I earned a Master of Divinity degree from University of the South, Sewanee, TN, where I served as Student Body President.  I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

    I am currently the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Oklahoma, serving as the Bishop’s Chief of Staff.  I have served as Canon for Ministry Development for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, and I served the Episcopal Church as President of the Board for the Conference of Diocesan Executives (2015-2016).  I have served as Rector for two different churches, as well as the Dean of the Naples Deanery, a member of the Standing Committee, a member of Diocesan Council (2010-2012), a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention, and member of the Evangelism and Church Planting Committee for the 2018 General Convention.

    As a pilot, I hold the following licenses and ratings:  Commercial Pilot (Multi/Single Engine, Instrument, Land, Airplane;  Certified Flight Instructor (Single Engine, Instrument – Gold Seal);  Ground Instructor (Advanced), and UAS Pilot certificates.   I have over 35 years of experience as a pilot and nearly two decades of experience as a flight instructor.

    I joined the CAP Cadet Program in 1979 and was awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz award in 1984. As Senior Member, I received the Gill Robb Wilson Award  and in 2020, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.   I have served as Southeast Region Chaplain, Florida Wing Chaplain, and after a recent move to Oklahoma, I transferred to Southwest Region and now serve as Deputy Region Chaplain.   I continue to actively fly missions as a Mission Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Cadet Orientation Pilot, and I serve as a Mission Pilot Check Pilot.  I was also named the 2015 Florida Wing Senior Chaplain of the Year and 2015 Southeast Region Senior Chaplain of the Year.  In 2020, I  was awarded the Military Chaplains Association (MCA) Distinguished Chaplain Award for my service in Civil Air Patrol.

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    (In order nominations received)
    Statement Reflecting Vision: To promote the TSA, to promote the missions of the TSA, and to promote the pinnacle award in the CAP Cadet Programs.

    100-Word Biographical Summary: 
    Joe Abegg, is a TSA Charter and Life member and he is the father of six children with three beautiful grandchildren to date.  After earning his Spaatz Award, he became an Aerospace Engineer, and years later he was selected as an Astronaut (select) for an Ansari X Prize Competition team.  He is an Air Force Command Pilot, a CAP Command Pilot, and a United Airlines Captain with over 29,000 flying hours logged over six continents.  He was the first-ever and longest serving CAP National Director of Emergency Services where he led twenty-six National Programs and innovative National Projects to include planning a comprehensive CAP National Search and Rescue Competition.  Among his many assignments, he served two tours as a CAP Region Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, he served as a Wing Director of Cadet Programs for over six years, and he is now completing a four-year tour as a CAP Wing Commander.

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    (In order nominations received)
    Statement Reflecting Vision: I have long had an interest in civic engagement and non-profit work; much of this sprung from a corresponding spirit in the heart of a young Civil Air Patrol cadet in 2005 who found an organization dedicated to core values, personal development, and teamwork. In the years that have transpired since I donned a Battle Dress Uniform with diamonds on the collars, I have been fortunate to lead in various capacities within the Civil Air Patrol, other non-profit organizations, and within the United States Air Force. Most recently I have enjoyed serving on The Spaatz Association’s Board of Directors as Alternate Director Position (Seat #10) and as the Chairman of the Mentoring Committee. I have decided to apply for a voting board position to help grow the future success of this organization and ensure that the mentoring program continues to function.

    This mentoring program will be seen as one of the hallmarks of TSA and an opportunity to work closely with the Civil Air Patrol for the future of its cadets and senior members. As a board member, I will continue to offer advice to the organization’s executive leadership on how to best incentivize membership and the scope of TSA as well as the promotion of keeping the Spaatz Award as challenging and meaningful as the achievement deserves to be and must be. I currently serve in executive leadership positions with a number of organizations across the globe and serve in a busy position as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Seventh Air Force based at Osan Air Base in South Korea. However, I will offer what I can in-between my busy schedule for the sake of this organization.

    Thank you for the opportunity, and I appreciate your consideration.

    100-Word Biographical Summary: 
    Julian Gluck (Spaatz #1801) is an Air Force bomber pilot and international non-profit leader. He was a 2012 Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned his pilot wings from ENJJPT in 2014. Julian flew B-52 combat missions in Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and deployed to the Indo-Pacific region. He was selected as the 2018 Air Force Times Airman of the Year, received the 2019 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, and was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 as a standout honoree for Law and Policy in North America.

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    2021 Bylaws Update

    This year, we will also be voting on an update to the bylaws.  2021 Amendment recommendation

    Timetable (subject to adjustment):

    Applications and Nominations are being accepted for 6 board positions as well as the positions of Vice-President and Treasure of the TSA.  To apply, continue to the bottom of this page

    Voting will be open to Life, Annual, and New Spaatzen who have registered with the TSA.

    Contact the election commissioner, (Appointment of Position Pending) or the  secretary at with questions.

    • 15 April – Posting of election notice on Association website (auto generated email to all subscribers)
    • 15 May – Closeout of application and nomination period.
    • 16 to 31 May – Posting of candidate list to Association website.
    • 2 June – Opening of polls (auto generated email to all subscribers).
    • 29 July – Polls close at midnight. (Central Time)
    • 1 – 31 August – Elections Commissioner authenticates votes and establishes need for any run-offs, etc. Results are announced via website and email lists.
    • 1 September – New Board seated (unless run-off election is required).

    The handling of nominations, applications and the registration, voting and tabulation processes will be overseen by our Elections Commissioner.

    Thank you for your continued leadership and support.


    Jay Sliwinski
    National Secretary
    The Spaatz Association

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