Spaatzen in the News

It's no secret that Spaatz Award recipients are, almost by definition, movers and shakers. Here's what some of us have been up to.

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Click to see largerCasha Becomes Naval Aviator
Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Phillip Casha, Spaatz #1320, recently earned the coveted Wings of Gold on August 5th in Kingsville, TX where he completed Navy Advanced Jet Training. LT(jg) Casha graduated first in his class and also earned distinction being named to the Commodore's List and Top Hook honors during initial carrier qualification abroad the USS Harry S. Truman. He received orders to VAQ-129 Vikings at NAS Whidbey Island where he is currently training to fly the EA-6B Prowler. 3 Dec 2005


Click to see largerWhat's Up, Doc?
Laura Thompson, Spaatz #1350, recently received her Medical Doctorate degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in school, she participated in clinical rotations around the country in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Detroit, and one rotation with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. Laura is currently interning at the San Bernardino County Hospital in Southern California. 3 Dec 2005


Click to see largerTurner Earns Masters Degree
Jack Turner, Spaatz #1391, was awarded a Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree from the University of South Carolina in May with a 4.0 program GPA. Mr. Turner's main area of concentration was Texts and Traditions, where he studied mainly Hebrew Bible and early Christian liturgical texts. His thesis was entitled, "A Matter of Eating and Drinking: Judaism and the Early Christian Eucharist." Jack also received his BA from South Carolina, where he majored in South Carolina history and New Testament studies. 3 Dec 2005


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Lt Col Omstead (center) and members of her crew at the Air Force Association Annual Conference in September.
Spaatzen Leads JSTARS Aircrew To Top Honors
JSTARS Mission Crew Commander Lt Col Barbara "Rowdy" Omstead, Spaatz #743, and her crew, 128th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron Crew 3, earned distinction as the Air Battle Management Aircrew of the Year for exceptional performance under combat conditions while deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. This service-level (USAF and Army) award was presented at the Air Force Association Annual Conference on 12 Sep 05. Lt Col Omstead is center, holding the award plaque with Aircraft Commander Maj Jeffrey Jenkins. Seven members of the 26-person crew were on hand for the award presentation.

The award recognized the 26 members of "Crew 3" for sustained aerial support in the E-8C while assigned to 379th Expeditionary Operations Group, flying in Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2004 to February 2005. Crew 3 flew 28 combat missions and provided command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the Combined Air Operations Center, and to Army and Marine ground commanders. Crew 3 members were lauded for their "airmanship, courage and leadership under combat conditions. Flying more than 185 hours in hostile skies, they played a vital role in protecting convoy operations on supply routes and provided threat warning to more than 1,500 convoy movements. They also provided critical information for offensive combat operations to kill, capture and deny sanctuary to anti-coalition forces. The crew's situational awareness helped prevent friendly forces from otherwise undetected enemy engagement. Their decisiveness saved countless Army, Marine and coalition forces' lives during enemy contact. Through Joint STARS assistance, combat medical evacuation time was reduced from hours to minutes from the initial distress call. "We were a crew of a truly 'total force' nature with active-duty Air Force, Army and Air National Guard members," Lt Col Omstead said. "Each and every individual was a true warrior. Everyone understood the big picture: we were deployed to fight for freedoms that so many people take for granted. It's good to have such an outstanding crew recognized for their hard work and dedication." 3 Dec 2005

Click to see largerSanchez Earns USAF Commission
Rafael Sanchez, Spaatz #1355, received the gold bars of a U.S. Air Force second lieutenant on June 18, 2005. The new lieutenant is a member of Dr. Cesareo Rosa-Nieves Cadet Squadron (SER-PR-123). Rafael served in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard from 1996 to 2003 as a Personnel Journeyman. He then joined Air Force ROTC Detachment 755 at the University of Puerto Rico, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Finance. Lieutenant Sanchez will become an Acquisition Officer at his next assignment at Vandenberg AFB, California.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by family, friends, CAP members, military personnel and in a special note by four other Spaatzen from 2d Lt Sanchez's unit: Capt Kenneth Lozano (#1162), TSgt Tirso F. Peņa (#1277), Jonathan Vazquez (#1539), and C/Col Ismael Rodriguez, the unit's thirteenth and latest member to receive the Spaatz Award. Additionally, the ceremony was attended by CAP squadron commander Lt Col Felix R. Davila, wearing his old Marine dress uniform, and Capt Denny Lozano, former unit member and Puerto Rico Air National Guard Maintenance Officer.

Lieutenant Sanchez highlighted the significant contribution that CAP has made to his life all those years as a CAP Cadet and Senior member. He encouraged all the CAP cadets to set high standards for their life in order to achieved their goals and dreams. He gave the honor of the First Salute as a USAF officer to LCPL Felix Davila, the unit's squadron commander. 3 Dec 2005

Darcy (Gibbons) Burner - Click to see largerGibbons-Burner Enters Washington State Congressional Race
With the election just over a year away, Darcy (Gibbons) Burner, Spaatz #873, recently announced her candidacy for a seat in the U.S House of Representatives, for the State of Washington's 8th Congressional District.

As a cadet in Nebraska Wing, Darcy was Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year in 1989. She was a National Merit Scholar and earned degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Harvard University. Most recently, Darcy was lead program manager for Microsoft .NET at the software giant's Redmond, Washington headquarters. She and her husband Mike have a two-year-old son and live in Carnation, Washington.

For more information on Darcy's campaign, visit her website at http://www.darcyburner.com/. 1 Oct 2005

1st Lt Williams, USMC - Click to see largerMarine Spaatzen Returns From Iraq
Marine Corps 1st Lt Sean M. Williams, Spaatz #1412, returned to San Diego on 5 June 2005 after a six month deployment with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) home based out of Camp Pendleton, California. Throughout the deployment, Lieutenant Williams served as an infantry rifle platoon commander in charge of forty Marines and two Navy Corpsmen in the helicopter company. Over the six months he assisted in the humanitarian aid relief operations in Indonesia following the tsunami disaster and led his platoon during combat operations in Southern Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM III. Sean will soon be taking over as the Weapons Company Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division and will return to Iraq early next year. 5 July 2005

Lt Col Andreas K. Wesemann, CAP, accepts unit charter from Georgia Wing Commander Col Don Greene - Click to see largerWesemann Stands Up New Cadet Squadron
Before an audience of parents, school administrators and unit members, Georgia Wing commander Col Don Greene presented Maj Andreas K. Wesemann, Spaatz #741, with the unit charter certificate establishing the Valdosta Middle School Cadet Squadron. Colonel Greene also surprised the new squadron commander with a promotion to CAP lieutenant colonel, a promotion Andreas had earned but not submitted himself for.

Andreas is a 1991 graduate of the Air Force Academy and serves as an active-duty HC-130 pilot stationed at nearby Moody AFB. His sons Matt, Jordan and Jared are all cadets and charter members of the new squadron. 5 July 2005

1LT Christopher PlummerFlorida Spaatzen Killed in Helicopter Crash
North Carolina Army National Guard 1LT Christopher Plummer, Spaatz #1250, was killed on 5 May 2005 when his AH-64 Apache attack helicopter crashed into the Cape Fear River after colliding with power lines during a low-level training flight. Chris earned his Spaatz Award as a member of Florida Wing, where he later commanded the Tamiami Composite Squadron. He had plans to return to Florida this fall to pursue a law degree at the University of Miami. Chris was 31. 12 May 2005

Lt Col Barbara 'Rowdy' Omstead, USAF - Click to see largerGetting "Rowdy" Over Iraq
USAF Lt Col Barbara "Rowdy" (Piper) Omstead, Spaatz #743, is preparing to lead yet another mission in the skies over Iraq. With over 3000 flying hours, including combat experience in Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and now IRAQI FREEDOM, Lt Col Omstead is uniquely qualified to fill this critical leadership role. An Air Force Air Battle Manager, Lt Col Omstead is a Mission Crew Commander (MCC) on board the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft providing threat warning to coalition forces on the ground, and command & control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) support to USCENTCOM.

Lt Col Omstead is the Operations Officer of the 81st Test Support Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida. In this capacity she leads over 50 operations personnel in the support of the Air Force's Weapons System Evaluation Program, the live-fire testing of operational air-to-air missiles. She is attached to the 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Robins AFB, Georgia as an instructor MCC on JSTARS. 10 Jan 2005

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Capts Sever, ?, Barriere and SFO Yu
Spaatzen Staff Pararescue Orientation Course
Not to be confused with that bike race going on at the same time, four Spaatzen comprised their own Tour de Force at the Pararescue Orientation Course (PJOC) held at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, in July. Activity Director Capt Pam Sever (Spaatz #1274), and Tactical Officers Capt Jorge Barriere (Spaatz #1392) and SFO Annie Yu (Spaatz #1382) served alongside CAP and active-duty and reserve Air Force members, including instructors from the Air Force Pararescue School, providing CAP cadets with a unique glimpse into the USAF Pararescue career field. One unique aspect of the activity's senior staff this year was that virtually all were PJOC alumni, having attended the activity themselves as cadets in years prior. 6 August 2004

Wabeke Set for Takeoff
Not six months after learning he'd been selected for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT), Air Force 2d Lt Nicholas Wabeke, Spaatz #1494, finds himself at Columbus AFB, Mississippi just days away from the beginning of 13 months of training leading to the the silver wings of an Air Force Pilot. Nick has created a web log (a "blog" for the web-savvy) to chronicle his SUPT adventures, providing interested readers with a unique glimpse into the making of a military aviator. 4 July 2004

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C/Cols Hay, Humphries, Thompson and Lawhon
Four of a Kind at Texas Encampment
And you thought you've had bad days. Imagine the chagrin experienced by basic cadets arriving at the Texas Wing Winter Encampment, held at Camp Swift in December, only to be met by this fearsome foursome! (No word on just how many cadets were reduced to quivering mounds of goo by the sight.) Fellow Arizonans C/Col Andrew Hay, #1518, C/Col Tim Humphries, #1478, and academically-displaced Californian C/Col Allison Thompson, #1481, joined the Lone Star State's C/Col Kevin Lawhon, #1511, for the activity. C/Col Lawhon served as cadet commander while the others served up a triple-diamond triple-whammy as the encampment's Stan/Eval team. 19 Jan 2004

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Just another day at the office.
Back From Iraq, Garcia Crosses Into The Blue...In More Ways Than One
Navy Lieutenant Alain R. Garcia, Spaatz #1223, recently returned from a four month deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Deployed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, Lieutenant Garcia flew over 50 combat missions in a three week span. For his efforts, he was awarded two Strike/Flight Air Medals and a Navy Commendation with Combat "V" for valor. On top of that, he took home "Top Hook" honors by having the best landing grades in the entire air wing and won the "Golden Hook" award for the Seventh Fleet. Prior to his involvement in the Persian Gulf, Lieutenant Garcia was deployed to the Indian Ocean in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, where he flew 25 combat missions. Lieutenant Garcia has also been nominated for both Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Pilot and Landing Signals Officer of the year for 2003.

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LT and Mrs. Garcia, newlyweds!
Being a veteran of two wars, logging over 400 carrier landings and 1,000 hours in the S-3B Viking, Lieutenant Garcia has decided to take a break from work and live the easy life by accepting orders to take part in an exchange tour with the U.S. Air Force where he will be flying the mighty A-10 Warthog out of Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Being the first S-3 pilot to ever be accepted for this program, Lieutenant Garcia decided to celebrate his new found job as a" Hog Driver" and get the full experience of serving with the Air Force by marrying the former Christy Nelson who is a 1st Lt in the U.S. Air Force. They met at an airshow where Lieutenant Garcia was performing. Both will report to Davis-Monthan in June 2004. 1 Dec 2003

C2C Melissa Bland - Click to see largerFrench Blue for Bland
Cadet Second Class Melissa Bland, Spaatz #1423, was recently selected as one of eight cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy to spend a semester at l'Ecole de l'Air, France's Air Force Academy, located in Salon de Provence. Melissa is tremendously excited over this opportunity; "Going international is going to be a great experience during my cadet career--and really makes up for not being chosen for the Paris cast of The Real World." she said. (Okay, she really didn't say that last part.) Melissa currently serves as the 3rd Group Academic NCO and is a member of Cadet Squadron 24. 4 Nov 2003

Silver Wings for Twin Spaatzen
This past summer, twin brothers and Spaatz Award recipients Ryan (at left) and Royce Lippert (Spaatz #'s 1339 and 1380, respectively) graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) and were awarded the silver wings marking them as United States Air Force pilots. Royce earned his Air Force commission through AFROTC at Purdue University and attended SUPT at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, graduating on July 25th, 2003. Following initial training at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, Royce will fly the C-17 Globemaster III out of McChord AFB, Washington. Ryan received his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and completed SUPT at Columbus AFB, Mississippi on Sept 5th, just 10 weeks after his brother. Ryan was selected to become a T-38 Talon instructor pilot and will return to the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus following completion of Pilot Instructor Training at Randolph AFB, Texas. 8 Sep 2003

Click to see largerHaertel Becomes a Colonel...Again!
Eric G. Haertel, Spaatz #318 and former TSA treasurer (1996-2000), was promoted to Colonel, United States Army Reserve in a ceremony at the Pentagon on August 21, 2003. Eric earned his Spaatz as a cadet in Florida Wing on March 25, 1975.

At the time of his promotion, the colonel was serving in the Programming Division, Army G-3 training at the Pentagon, but along with the promotion came a move to the Office of the Chief Army Reserve (OCAR). OCAR is part of the Department of the Army staff. The Chief, Army Reserve is advisor to the Army Chief of Staff on Army Reserve matters and serves as the Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. OCAR develops and executes Army Reserve plans, policies and programs, administers Army Reserve personnel, operations and construction funds and supervises the Army Reserve Personnel Command. Eric will serve as the G-3 (that's "plans and operations" for those who don't speak Army-ese).

Colonel Haertel has spent twenty-four years in Army Green, serving in the National Guard, Army Reserve, and Active Duty. He is a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing and assisted them in finding a meeting place at the 220th US Army Reserve MP HQ.

Eric's wife Francine and son David assisted in the promotion ceremony. David is a freshman at Old Dominion University where he is enrolled in the Army ROTC program. A reception honoring the Army's newest Colonel followed the ceremony in the Programming Division, followed by a party at a local restaurant. 28 Aug 2003 (Thanks to Lt Col John Knowles, Maryland Wing)

Pfeiffer Receives 30-Year Navy Service Award
Charles "Skip" Pfeiffer, Spaatz #114, recently received a 30 Year Career Service Award from the Department of the Navy. A Lead Instructional Systems Specialist, he is currently on a special detail to the Joint Simulator System (JSIMS) Program Office in Orlando, Florida, as their Training Manager. Skip was earlier honored with JSIMS Government Employee of the Month recognition. As a Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel on the Florida Wing staff, he served as Project Officer for the 2003 International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). Florida will be hosting visitors from Australia, Belgium and Canada. Skip's dedication to the exchange program is noteworthy; over a CAP careers spanning 38 years, he has participated in IACE six times--once as a cadet, and five times as an escort officer.

Spaatzen Treated to West Wing Tour
In May, senior White House staffer and Army Colonel Jim Babbitt, Spaatz #206, hosted TSA webmaster Matt Johnson, #901, USAF Capt Richard Griffith, #1228, and Richard's wife Jamie, #1329, on a once-in-a-lifetime private tour of the west wing of the White House. The group was treated to an insider's view of the White House including visits to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the Rose Garden and the White House Press Room, plus the west wing's Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room and the Oval Office itself. "More than once Richard and I exchanged looks of amazement bordering on disbelief as we reflected on the significance of what we were seeing as we meandered through the nation's most famous building," Matt said of the tour.

The colonel detailed for the group some of his experiences in his 5+ years as a special advisor for international affairs to the Vice President under both the Clinton and "Bush 43" administrations, revealing such facts as the 5,000-6,000 e-mail messages he would sift through in a typical 12.5-hour workday and personal recounts of President Bush's own brand of humor from meetings in the Oval Office. Colonel Babbitt has since moved on to another assignment but said he considers his time at the White House to be the highlight of his Army career. 17 Aug 2003

CA ARNG Cpl Scott Matthews - Click to see largerSpaatzen Presence in Afghanistan
Not long after contributing his digital filmmaking talents to the unveiling of the new Spaatz Association commemorative challenge coin earlier this year, California's Scott Matthews, Spaatz #1390, was ordered to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A UH-60 Blackhawk maintainer by training, Scott's computer systems management skills proved to be in greater demand in that remote region and so the California Army National Guard sergeant finds himself serving as Information Management NCO in Delta Company, 140th Aviation Regiment, supporting the 10th Mountain Division. Scott is shown here on the flight line at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. 15 Aug 2003

Dr (Col) Kay McLaughlin - Click to see largerMcLaughlin Appointed to National CAP Post
In December, CAP National Commander Maj Gen Richard Bowling appointed Dr. Kay McLaughlin, Spaatz #526, to serve as chief of CAP's Health Services Program, a post which carried a promotion for the doctor to the CAP grade of colonel. Prior to the appointment, the 25-year CAP veteran was the Michigan Wing Vice Commander and has served as a squadron commander as well.

Dr. McLaughlin is an osteopathic physician and has practiced internal medicine in St. Johns, MI for the past eight years. She has served as Chief of Staff for the local hospital and is also an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. She and husband Lt Col Rick McLaughlin recently represented Civil Air Patrol at the annual Aerospace Medical Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, attending seminars on topics of value to all CAP members and making many positive contacts with their counterparts in all branches of the armed forces. The colonel's health and fitness articles appear each month in CAP News. 15 Aug 2003

Navy Lt Blaine Lorimer - Click to see largerLorimer Graduates from Pax River
Navy Lieutenant Blaine S. Lorimer, Spaatz #1020, graduated in June from the United States Naval Test Pilot School, Class #123, at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. For the next two years, Blaine will be a Test Flight Officer with VX-20 Air Test and Evaluation Squadron in "Pax River", which supports testing of P-3Cs, E-2Cs, S-3Bs, E-6Bs, KC-130Js, T-2Cs, and T-34Cs. Blaine is pictured in front of an F-15E, one of the many aircraft that he flew during Test Pilot School. 4 Aug 2003

Lt Col Janon D. Ellis, USAF - Click to see largerEllis Receives AF Command
In ceremonies last month at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Air Force Lt Col Janon D. Ellis, Spaatz #661, assumed command of of the 728th Air Mobility Squadron (USAFE). Previously, he served as Operations Officer in the 730th Air Mobility Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he also commanded Civil Air Patrol's Yokota Cadet Squadron.

A native Floridian who grew up in Miami and was a member of the North Miami and Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadrons, Janon has remained active in CAP, serving in units in Texas and Arkansas in addition to his overseas service. The lieutenant colonel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Public Affairs from the University of Miami and received his Air Force commission through Air Force ROTC. He later earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Lt Col Ellis is a Master Navigator with over 4,000 flight hours in the C-130 Hercules and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. 10 Jul 2003

Florida Spaatzen Among USAF's 12 Outstanding Airmen
In July, Air Force officials announced the USAF's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2003. Among them, Senior Airman Hector G. Bauza, USAF, Spaatz #1421, of CAP's Florida Wing. Hector and the other 11 honorees were selected from a field of 46 nominees representing organizations from throughout the Air Force. An excerpt from his nomination illustrates Hector's dedication to excellence:

"A superior performer, his invaluable resource management skills were credited with saving the Defense Department $113,000 through multiple initiatives. He overcame a 50 percent manning shortage to achieve a 96 percent work order completion rate."
Hector is stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, where he is a Biomedical Engineering Journeyman assigned to the 18th Medical Group. In addition to his Air Force duties, Hector presently serves as Deputy Commander of the Kadena Cadet Squadron. 10 Jul 2003

California Spaatzen Telling Pilots Where to Go
California Wing's Laura Parsons, Spaatz #1433, recently graduated from the Federal Aviation Administration Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla. and began work as an air traffic control specialist at Montgomery Field in San Diego, Calif. Laura earned a degree in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego and served as commander of the California Wing Cadet Training Group in 1999. 7 Jul 2003

Special Ops Spaatzen Promoted to Colonel
Florida's George F. Williams, Spaatz #489, was recently promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. A master navigator with over 3000 flight hours, Colonel Williams has spent his entire Air Force career in the Special Operations community as an Electronic Warfare Officer and Fire Control Officer aboard AC-130H Spectre gunships and MC-130E Combat Talon special mission aircraft. As a Special Operation aircrewman, he served in a number of high-profile military operations including URGENT FURY (Grenada), JUST CAUSE (Panama), DESERT STORM (Iraq), UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti), SOUTHERN WATCH (Kuwait), and ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan). His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. In addition to his promotion, the colonel was named vice commander of the Air Force Reserve's 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla.

Originally from Florida, Colonel Williams earned his Spaatz Award as a member of Indiana Wing's South Bend Composite Squadron while attending Notre Dame University, where he was an Air Force ROTC distinguished graduate as well as the top graduate in his AFROTC class. In 2003 he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Touro University International with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The colonel also remains an active member of CAP; he is a CAP pilot, observer and ground team leader and was Florida Wing's Incident Commander of the Year in 1999 and again in 2001. A Gill Robb Wilson Award recipient, he is a former commander of Florida Wing's Group 1. 21 Jun 2003.

Delaware Cadet Earns 1500th Spaatz Award
Nearly 39 years after Michigan Wing's Doug Roach accepted the first General Carl A. Spaatz Award, a Delaware Wing cadet will receive the 1500th. A member of Newark Cadet Squadron, Cadet Colonel Michael R. Quashne, Spaatz #1500, successfully completed the Spaatz Award qualifying examination on 22 May. Quashne is also the recipient of an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and this summer will report for Basic Cadet Training along with C/Col Louis Gabriel (see below) and the rest of the Class of 2007. 28 May 2003

C/Col Louis Gabriel, CAP 2003 Cadet of the YearHawaiian Spaatzen CAP's Cadet of the Year for 2003
For the 7th consecutive year, Civil Air Patrol's annual Cadet of the Year honors go to a Spaatz Award recipient. This year's selectee is Cadet Colonel Louis R. Gabriel, Spaatz #1479, of Hawaii Wing's 66th Composite Squadron at Hickam AFB. C/Col Gabriel is also the 5th consecutive Cadet of the Year selectee to receive an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he'll report this summer as part of the class of 2007. C/Col Gabriel is certain to be the envy of his Academy classmates as he travels to Las Vegas in August to accept this honor at the CAP Nation Board Meeting and Convention.

C/Col Gabriel is chairman of the National Cadet Advisory Council and a graduate of Cadet Officer School, where he earned "Top Performer" honors. He traveled to Great Britain on the International Air Cadet Exchange in 2002 and has attended National Blue Beret. Louis is also a qualified mission ground team member and radio operator. An accomplished pianist and singer, C/Col Gabriel is a Dean's List student, active in student government and participates in competitive hockey, kayaking and sailing.

C/Col Gabriel received his Spaatz Award certificate from Air University commander Lt Gen Donald LaMontagne during the Association's Winter Leadership Symposium in Washington, DC, in March. 20 May 2003

Spaatzen To Command USAF's 'Statue of Liberty Wing'
Though he's the third Spaatz Award recipient to become a U.S. Air Force general officer, chances are Brigadier General (select) Mark T. Matthews, USAF, Spaatz #208, will tell you what matters is that he's the first Spaatzen fighter pilot to do so. Presently serving at Hq USAF as Deputy Director, Operational Plans, under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, General-select Matthews will soon assume command of the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. Known as "The Statue of Liberty Wing", the 48FW employs both the F-15C Eagle and the F-15E Strike Eagle and is the only F-15 wing under the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. The late Chris Bahl, #915, was a pilot in the 48th Fighter Wing at the time of his death.

General-select Matthews graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with honors in 1977 and earned a Master's degree in Operations Research from Princeton University in 1987. He is a distinguished graduate of the USAF F-15 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course and served as a Plans and Programs Research Systems Analyst in Hq USAF's famous "CHECKMATE" strategy group, where he was one of the authors of RAPID THUNDER, the planning effort which evolved into the air campaign of Operation DESERT STORM. He is a command pilot with over 2000 flying hours in various aircraft, including the F-15, AT-38 and F-16.

Matthews is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and earned his Spaatz Award while a cadet in Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron, where he is still maintains his CAP membership. His late father, CAP Major Stan Matthews, was a CAP member for 35 years and served as commander of the Raleigh squadron. 15 May 2003

Rear Adm-select Loewer, US NavySpaatzen Naval Officer Nominated For Flag Rank
Deborah A. Loewer, Spaatz #285, a U.S. Navy officer presently assigned to the staff of the National Security Council, was nominated for promotion to Rear Admiral (lower half) by President George W. Bush and pending Senate confirmation will become the first Spaatz Award recipient promoted to flag rank in the U.S. Navy. Admiral-select Loewer, a former member of CAP's Ohio Wing, serves in an extremely visible position as director of the White House Situation Room and also of the NSC's Systems and Technical Planning Staff. Loewer holds degrees in Theoretical Mathematics and Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a PhD in International Law from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany. She received her commission through the Navy's Officer Candidate School in 1976.

One of the first women assigned to shipboard duty in 1979, Loewer graduated first in her class from both the Surface Warfare Officer Basic and Department Head courses and has served in a variety of shipboard assignments, including two sea commands--as captain of ammunition ship USS Mount Baker and fast combat support ship USS Camden. 13 May 2003

Burgstein Named USAF's Top Public Affairs Company Grade Officer
Captain Aaron Burgstein, USAF, Spaatz #1045, was recently named the US Air Force's Public Affairs Company Grade Officer of the Year. This honor comes on the heels of the same recognition at the MAJCOM level for US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) for the second consectutive year (Aaron was selected for this same honor last year). The captain currently serves as Executive Officer, Hq USAFE Public Affairs at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Aaron was also selected to participate in the Air Force Institute of Technology's Education With Industry program, where he'll gain experience working at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations firm in New York City for 12 months beginning in August. 21 Feb 2003

Mueller Named Distinguished Graduate from USAF Missile School
2d Lt Jeff Mueller, USAF, #1406, received top honors upon graduation from USAF Missile Initial Qualification Training at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Now stationed at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, Montana, Jeff is currently assigned to the 341st Operations Support Squadron while awaiting his security clearance. Subsequently, he will go through the upgrade sequence to become a missile launch officer and Missile Combat Crew deputy commander. He is also active in the local CAP unit on base, Montana Wing's Malmstrom Cadet Squadron. 22 Oct 2002


Father and Son Spaatz Award Recipients C/Col Steve Gullberg II and USAFR Lt Col Steve Gullberg
Spaatz Trek: The Next Generation
Move over, Captain Kirk. In July, Cadet Steven R. Gullberg II, of Missouri Wing's Spirit of St. Louis Composite Squadron, became the first second-generation Spaatz Award recipient in Civil Air Patrol history. C/Col Gullberg's father, USAFR Lt Col Steve Gullberg, #439, earned the Spaatz Award in 1977 while a member of the Eagle Composite Squadron in Jamestown, New York.

Steve the second--now proud holder of Spaatz Award #1465--is a high school senior, plays varsity football, and serves as his squadron's cadet commander. He has soloed both powered aircraft and gliders and plans to attend college in an aviation program. His goal is to become an airline pilot. Steve the first--holder of the other Spaatz Award in the family--is a captain for American Airlines and also serves as Reserve Forces Director for CAP-USAF's North Central Liaison Region.

Spaatzen Seeing Different Shade of Blue
Following a three year tour flying C-130s, Major Brian Shannon, USAF, #986, found himself at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, training future Naval Aviators! On loan to the U.S. Navy for three years, Brian is assigned to Training Squadron 31 (VT-31), where he is an Instructor Pilot in the T-44A Pegasus, a military derivative of the Raytheon King Air C90. The major reports that in his spare time, he's building a Glasair Super II-S RG homebuilt in his garage (looks like Ron Wanttaja, #315, author of books Kitplane Construction and Airplane Ownership, has himself another homebuilt disciple!). Brian says, "Any former CAP cadets going to the C-130 after SUPT....look me up & I'll hook you up!!!" 23 Jul 2002

Griffith Offspring Comes In For Landing
Richard (#1228) and Jamie (#1329) Griffith are pleased to announce the birth of future CAP cadet Katherine Nicole Griffith, born 5 July at 11:27 pm, measuring 9 lbs 11 oz, 22.5". Little Katherine has already expressed an interest in flying for the airlines someday, though we suggest she work on her on-time arrivals first; two weeks late ain't gonna cut it at Delta. :-) 13 Jul 2002

1LT Adam P. Kass, US ArmySpaatzen Dies in Traffic Accident
With regret, we announce the death of Adam Kass, #1231. Adam was killed on 23 June when an automobile struck the motorcycle he was driving. Adam was an active duty U.S. Army first lieutenant serving with the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, where he was executive officer of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Brigade. He was 24. 29 Jun 2002 (See our Fallen Diamonds page for more information.)

Neville Named 2002 CAP Cadet of the Year
Civil Air Patrol Acting Executive Director J. Scott Hamilton recently announced that C/Col Jennifer Neville, #1456, is Civil Air Patrol's Cadet of the Year for 2002. In June, Jennifer reported to the U.S. Air Force Academy with the Class of 2006. Jennifer will be recognized for her selection at the CAP National Board Meeting and Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August. 5 Jun 2002

Officer's Basic Course Honors for Heffron
Matt Heffron, #1450, graduated from the Army's Military Intelligence Officer's Basic Course on 16 May. A second lieutenant in the Minnesota Army National Guard, Matt was selected for the Citizen Soldier Award, given to the top National Guard or Reserve graduate of the course. Matt will serve as the S2 (Intelligence Officer) for an armor battalion. He remains active in CAP, a member of Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron. 31 May 2002

Miller Receives National Defense University Honors
In recognition of his paper entitled Establish "Counter Command" to improve Preparedness for Theater Nuclear War and Effective Deterrence of Weapons of Mass Destruction Use, Drew Miller, #386, received the National Defense University Award for the best paper during graduation ceremonies at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, where he was a member of the graduating class. Drew is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, currently serving as an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to US Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. A 1980 graduate of the Air Force Academy, he is president of Global Vantage Securities, an investment banking and management consulting firm. 16 May 2002

Spaatzen Flying High In Global War On Terror
USAF 1st Lt Jean-André Parmiter, Spaatz #1055, a C-130 navigator, just returned from a 100+ day deployment to Germany and Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Southwest Asia, he flew over 100 hours on combat missions in the skies over Afghanistan. 25 Mar 2002


Brig Gen Ted F. Bowlds, USAFSecond Spaatzen Earns AF Flag Rank
Ted F. Bowlds, #290, became only the second Spaatz recipient to become a USAF general officer, pinning on his brigadier general's star in a Pentagon ceremony on 4 Feb. The general entered the Air Force in 1975 through AFROTC and has served in key engineering management roles during development of the F-117 Nighthawk, the B-2 Spirit, and the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. He also served as commander of the Rome Laboratory in Rome, New York, and most recently was the C-17 Program Director at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. General Bowlds currently serves as Program Executive Office of Airlift, Trainers, and Modeling and Simulation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for managing and executing top priority Air Force programs for strategic airlift, joint undergraduate flight training systems, special operations and special air mission aircraft. 15 Feb 2002

Kwong Completes Post-Grad DIA Program, Commences Pentagon Assignment
Army Major Phil Kwong, #863, graduated from the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Military Intelligence College, earning a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence. Assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon, Phil reports that since the 11 Sep attacks, he's been pulling 12-hour shifts at the Army Operations Center, supporting the Crisis Action Team. 7 Oct 2001

Granville Appointed New York Wing Commander
TSA Board member Austyn Granville, #579, was appointed Commander of New York Wing by Northeast Region Commander Colonel Rick Greenhut. The newly-minted Colonel Granville becomes only the sixth Spaatz recipient to become a CAP wing commander. Austyn was less than two blocks from the World Trade Center towers on the morning of 11 Sep and spent many hours in the New York State Emergency Management Office's Emergency Operations Center in the days afterward. Our best wishes to Col Granville on this well-deserved appointment! 7 Oct 2001

Garcia Flying High with U.S. Navy
Alain R. Garcia, #1223, was recently promoted to Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from Central Washington University with a B.S. in History, Alain completed the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School at the top of his class and received his commission in September of 1997. He then began flight training where he flew various jet aircraft including the Air Force T-37 and the Navy's T-2 and T-45 jet trainers.

Upon completion of carrier qualifications, Lieutenant Garcia received his wings of gold and designation as a Naval Aviator on January 14, 2000. He then took orders out to NAS North Island, Calif. to learn to fly the S-3B Viking where he graduated with Top Stick and Top Hook honors. Currently Lieutenant Garcia is stationed in NAF Atsugi, Japan with the "Fighting Redtails" of VS-21, who are part of the only forward deployed air wing in the U.S. Navy. Here he has already completed one deployment on board the USS Kitty Hawk and is in the process of learning to become an LSO (Landing Signals Officer) in addition to his flying duties. 7 Oct 2001


Groom, Bride, Judge.
Married Spaatzen Marries Spaatzen
In a unique twist on the whole married Spaatzen thing, Ned Lee, #356—already happily married to one Spaatzen (wife Chris, #235)—married another one in December. Though some sort of deviant behavior can't be ruled out entirely (we're talking California, after all), we're reasonably certain that Ned hasn't taken up bigamy; rather, he presided over the wedding of Scott Matthews, #1390, and Scott's lovely bride, Christina (a former Mitchell cadet), in his civic capacity as a Santa Clara County Superior Court justice. In honor of the fact that bride and groom and most in attendance are/were CAP members, Judge Ned spoke of the "Encampment Model of Marriage", drawing parallels and distinctions between successfully hurdling encampment and success in marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Matthews have made their home in San Jose while Scott completes his studies in digital filmmaking at Cogswell Polytechnical College. (Webmaster's note: Scott spent over a month this summer traveling across the country filming most of CAP's national special activities for a special CAP video project. I had a chance to see some of his footage recently, and it's absolutely stunning. Watch for the fruits of his labors in the coming year.) Updated 7 Oct 2001

Hurd Accepts Army Commission
Jeff Hurd, #1384 was commissioned a 2LT in the U.S. Army Signal Corps on 10 Aug 01. He is headed to Fort Jackson, SC and will begin permanant duty next year at XVIIIth Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, NC. He is shown here after returning his first salute. 11 Aug 2001

Silver Wings for Trew, Rucker
Air Force 1st Lts Joe Rucker, #1300, and Jason Trew, #1180, graduated together from Specialized Undergratuate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and pinned on their silver wings as new Air Force pilots. Joe will fly the KC-135R Stratotanker out of McConnell AFB, Kansas; Jason is headed to Tyndall AFB, Florida, to fly the F-15C Eagle. 31 Jul 2001

Spaatzen Sighted at Armed Forces Day Celebration
Several Spaatz Association members were spotted at the Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base. Among them were Tim Voss, #1093, who brought a C-5B Galaxy down from Dover AFB for static display; incumbent TSA Secretary Beth Dunn, #690, and former TSA Secretary Tori Steinmeier, #1271, who each brought their CAP squadrons; and past TSA President Larry Trick, #452, who was seen shortly after the medal ceremony with a newly-famous former CAP cadet, Navy Lt Shane Osborne. Updated 22 Jun 2001

Click to see largerAnchors Aweigh for Johnston
Describing the experience as something that "sucked, yet was strangely enjoyable", California Wing's Kevin L. Johnston, #1413, graduated from the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School in April and was commissioned a naval officer. The photo at right shows Ensign Johnston returning his first salutes as a commissioned officer from his OCS drill instructor and chief petty officer.

Kevin graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in December with a degree in Political Science. He returns to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, later this month for 6 weeks of Aviation Preflight Indoctrination as he begins training to become a Naval Flight Officer. 9 May 2001

Bland Named Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year
CAP Executive Director Robert Brooks recently announced that Colorado Wing's C/Col Melissa Bland, #1423, was selected as Civil Air Patrol's Cadet of the Year for 2001. This comes as little surprise to us; C/Col Bland was our top pick for the Spaatz Association Aerospace Leadership Scholarship in 2000. Melissa is also an appointee to the U.S. Air Force Academy, reporting in next month as a member of the class of 2005. 9 May 2001

Spaatzen Pins On Army Aviator Wings, Becomes "Gun" Pilot
U.S. Army 1LT David M. Rogers, Spaatz #1334, was awarded U.S. Army Aviator Wings last year and recently graduated from the AH-64A Apache Aviator Qualification Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Dave has been assigned to the 3-6th Cavalry Regiment at Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea. 27 Feb 2001

Babbitt Receives Promotion to O-6, Defense Superior Service Medal
Jim Babbitt, #206, has been selected for promotion to Colonel in the U.S. Army. Jim was also recently recognized with the presentation of the Defense Superior Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) for exceptionally meritorious service rendered as a Special Advisor for International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President supporting former Vice President Al Gore. Jim continues to serve in the White House now supporting Vice President Cheney as a member of his National Security Affairs Staff.

As he did in the CAP cadet program, Jim has advanced from the junior enlisted ranks to pin on Colonel's insignia. As a Sergeant, he was an instructor in the Ranger Training Department of the U.S. Army Infantry School. Commissioned as an infantry officer following graduation from OCS, he has served in light, mechanized, airborne, and ranger infantry units. He is a Master Parachutist and proudly wears the Ranger Tab and Combat Infantryman Badge on his uniform. 8 Feb 2001

Griffith Selected for AFIT Program
Richard Griffith, #1228, is one of three Air Force officers selected to attend the Master of Health Administration program co-sponsored by the Department of the Army and Baylor University. Richard will begin the program, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2001 and will receive his master's degree the following year. After completion of academics, he'll serve a one-year military or civilian health care residency. Richard was also recently selected for promotion to captain. Updated 21 Jan 2001

Trick's Magic for Maryland Wing
No sleight-of-hand involved here; at the Maryland Wing Conference held 10-12 Nov in Ocean City, Maryland, former TSA president Larry Trick, #452, assumed command of CAP's Maryland Wing. Assisting this magic act is John Kilgallon, #721, serving as Larry's Chief of Staff. The Change of Command was held during the banquet attended by featured speaker Jim Jaeger, #80, along with Lori Swanson, #667, Beth (Wright) Dunn, #690, Tori Steinmeier, #1271, and Tammy Jo (Blevins) Hallihan, #1301. 13 Nov 2000

Third Time's A Charm
The first time, it was for earning the Spaatz Award. The second time, it was for assuming command of CAP's Nebraska Wing. Now, for the third time in his life, newly-elected Spaatz Association president Rich Anderson, #193, has been selected for promotion to colonel—this time, by the U.S. Air Force. Along with fellow Spaatzen Andrew K. Weaver, #343, Rich was one of 680 lieutenant colonels selected from a field of over 5,000 eligible officers. Rich is a Joint Service Officer assigned to Headquarters, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, and a 1998 graduate of Air War College. 20 Sep 2000

Miller Named CAP Cadet of the Year
C/Col Zachary Miller, #1430, was recognized as Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year at CAP's annual National Board Meeting and Convention in San Antonio, Texas. C/Col Miller received placques from CAP and the Air Force Association in recognition of his exemplary cadet career.

It is unclear whether Miller will receive the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Scholarship which normally accompanies the award, as the Chief of Staff is already picking up the tab for Miller's educational expenses; Zachary is currently in his first year at the U.S. Air Force Academy. 30 Aug 2000

4th TSA Flight Scholarship Awarded to Colorado Spaatzen
The TSA Scholarship Committee recently named C/Col Melissa Bland, #1423, as this year's recipient of the Spaatz Association Aerospace Leadership Scholarship. C/Col Bland will use the $2500 scholarship to complete her training for an FAA Private Pilot certificate. C/Col Bland is a member of Colorado Wing's Mustang Cadet Squadron.

Thanks to the generosity of Spaatz recipients Wade McClure, #487, Marla Patterson, #101, Texas Wing's Midland Composite Squadron and many others, the Spaatz Association has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding CAP cadets over the past four years. Efforts are underway to create an endowment to permanently fund the annual scholarship and possibly increase the number of scholarships to be awarded each year. 30 Aug 2000

Voss Earns USAF Pilot Wings
Tim Voss, #1093, recently graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, pinning on the wings of an Air Force Pilot. Tim's path to those prized pilot's wings shows how perseverance and hard work can pay off; after being denied a pilot slot while in AFROTC, Tim accepted an assignment as a communications officer following his commissioning in 1994. Less than a year later, he was accepted for Air Battle Manager training, earning his ABM wings 18 months later. Then in late 1998, following deployments to Saudi Arabia and Turkey in support of no-fly enforcement operations over Iraq as an AWACS crewmember, his dream came true as he was selected to attend SUPT, the second career field change in his brief Air Force career. Tim will fly the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the C-5B Galaxy, out of Dover AFB, Delaware. 30 Aug 2000

Bahl Awarded DFC Posthumously
The late Chris Bahl, #915, was posthumously awarded the Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross for a combat mission flown over Kosovo shortly before his death in 1999. Award ceremonies were held at RAF Lakenheath, England, where he was a member of the 492nd Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing (USAFE). In part, the citation read:

"While flying as flight lead...overcome significant enemy threats and logistical obstacles...severe weather...was fired upon by anti-aircraft artillery...expertly targeted his flight against seven artillery encampments targeted against ethnic Albanians...personally delivered four laser guided bombs, all direct hits...delivery of cluster munitions, further suppressing the artillery threat to civilians."
Chris graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1994 and was an active-duty captain and F-15E pilot at the time of his death. 3 Aug 2000

Boe Named Astronaut Candidate
Eric Boe, #648, was named one of seven Air Force officers selected for the 2000 astronaut candidate class. A 1987 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was the top-ranked former CAP cadet in his graduating class, Eric is an active-duty Air Force major and test pilot currently assigned to the 46th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida. Still active in CAP, he is a member of CAP's Eglin Composite Squadron. Major Boe is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Johnson Space Center in August to begin a period of training and evaluation. 31 Jul 2000

Indiana Spaatzen Now USAF Pararescueman
Jason T. Attinger, #1365, recently graduated from the US Air Force Pararescue School at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Jason is an Airman First Class and will be stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida. In addition to becoming a PJ, Jason also became a father during training, his wife Stacy giving birth to their first child, Julie Michelle. 17 Jul 2000

O'Shea Assumes White House Post
Following a brief assignment under Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Sean O'Shea, #1245, has returned to the White House to serve as Special Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary as the primary liaison for the Departments of State, Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, Commerce, Veterans Affairs, and over 40 independent and non-Cabinet Agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities. 17 Jul 2000

Muffolettos Plus One
"JJ" Muffoletto, #1294, and wife Jamie are pleased to announce the arrival of daughter Marie Annabelle. She was born at 2:07 PM on July 12, 2000, at Baptist Hospital East, Montgomery, Alabama. She weighed 8 lbs 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. JJ is an active-duty Air Force second lieutenant stationed at Maxwell AFB, where he is assigned to the Mission Systems Flight, 42nd Communications Squadron. 13 Jul 2000

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1st Lt and Mrs. Griffith walk through sabre archway performed by Indiana Wing cadets.
Wedding Bells for Two Spaatzen
Who says fraternization doesn't pay? Not these two. Now one of only a handful of couples with his and hers Spaatz Award certificates on the wall, Richard Griffith, #1228, and Jamie Foote, #1329, enjoyed a December 18th wedding among friends and family--including their extended CAP family. Presiding over the wedding ceremony was CAP Chaplain (Lt Col) John O. Hosler, chaplain for the Weir Cook Cadet Squadron, Indiana Wing.

The Griffiths have taken up residence in Minot, North Dakota, where Richard, an active-duty Air Force first lieutenant, serves as Medical Information Systems Flight Commander, 5th Medical Support Squadron (ACC). Just prior to the wedding, Jamie received her undergraduate degree from Olivet Nazarene University. The newlyweds honeymooned in London, England. Also in attendance at the wedding were Chris Curtis, #1317, and Kelly Waelde, #1338. An honor guard of cadet officers from the Indiana Wing provided the Saber Arch. 13 Jul 2000

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C/Col Johnston receives the California AFA's CAP Cadet of the Year award from Maj Gen Reynolds. (Civil Air Patrol Photo/Maj Michael Kathriner)
California Spaatzen Receives AFA Honors
The California Air Force Association honored C/Col Kevin L. Johnston, #1413, as their Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year. The award is given annually at the CAFA awards banquet, which also honors the top members of the active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. Kevin received the award from the evening's featured speaker, Maj Gen Richard Reynolds, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. Along with Scott Matthews, #1390, Kevin is one of the masterminds behind G3 Productions, creators of the "Three Diamonds Are Forever" "commercial" for California Wing's Cadet Programs Conference. (Warning: that's a 2.8 MB download).

C/Col Johnston was recently selected to attend the U.S. Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, following his graduation from the University of California, Irvine, this December. After commissioning, Kevin will attend Naval Flight Officer training. 4 Jun 2000

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Col Dale Newell (left) presents Mike Murphy with J. Wesley Crum Award (Civil Air Patrol Photo)
WAWG, Boeing Accolades for TSA VP Murphy
At the recent Washington Wing conference, Spaatz Association Vice President Mike Murphy, #115, received the J. Wesley Crum Award for Individual Achievement in Aerospace Education. While wing commander Dale Newell presented the award, Mike remarked, "I'd like to thank my wife, my parents, and my dog, (not necessarily in that order!), who helped make this award possible—if not downright unavoidable!". Mike also recently received awards from Boeing—an Outstanding Performance Award and a Sustained Performance Award—for his work on the F-22 Training System. 21 May 2000

Spaatzen to Appear in Army Commercial
Perhaps living up to his family name, Leny Hamm, #821, will appear in a U.S. Army commercial to be shown only on the Armed Forces Network. Highlighting the American flag, the spot was shot on 2 May and will air sometime in the next four months. Leny is the sergeant (E-5) in the middle--be sure to watch for him! Leny informs us he is moving to Hollywood in June to pursue his acting career; we're not sure whether he's kidding.... 18 May 2000

Donat Receives Air Guard Commission
Mike Donat, #1191, recently graduated from the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Sciences and was commissoned a 2d Lt in the Minnesota Air National Guard. Send your congratulations to: michaeldonat@yahoo.com 20 Apr 2000

Kwong Promoted to Major
Phil Kwong, #863, a U.S. Army officer currently assigned to Army ROTC at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, was promoted to Major in ceremonies at the university. Phil, his wife Lorri (also a former CAP cadet) and son Chris are headed for the District of Columbia area later this summer where Phil will complete a graduate degree. Phil saw combat as an M-1 Abrams tank commander during Operation Desert Storm and more recently served as a Basic Training Company commander. 5 May 2000

Florida Spaatzen to Fly KC-10s
In December, Brent Graham, #1183, graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, receiving his Air Force Pilot's wings and an assignment to Travis AFB, Calif., where he will fly the KC-10A Extender aerial refueling tanker. Now an active-duty Air Force first lieutenant, Brent has since reported to Travis' 63d Air Mobility Wing, where he joins fellow spaatzen Steve Schultz, #904, also a KC-10 pilot. Brent graduated from the University of South Florida in April 1998, receiving a bachelor of science in elecrical engineering. 31 Jan 2000

Big Red Spaatzen Promoted
Harold Buchanan, #1087, was promoted to Captain on Nov 23rd by his wife Stephanie and his former Company Commander Capt. Greg Borcherding at Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen, Germany. Harold just finished his year as a Decontamination Platoon Leader and is currently the 1st Infantry Division's DISCOM Chemical Officer. He is due to PCS in March and starts the Chemical Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, in May 2000. 9 Dec 99

Once and Future Colonels
Not one, but two spaatzen were tapped for promotion to Colonel by an the Air Force's annual selection board. Congratulations go out to W. Michael Guillot, #347, and Spaatz Association Scholarship Committee Chair Bob Mattes, #445. Bob is presently Deputy Commander, 412th Operations Group, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif. The board convened on 2 August to consider 5,525 active-duty lieutenant colonels for promotion, selecting only 507. 14 Oct 99

Wolfpack Warrior Promoted
Aaron Burgstein, #1045, recently pinned on USAF captain's bars, finally becoming—as his vice commander put it—"a real officer." Captain Burgstein, Real OfficerTM, is stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he heads up the 8th Fighter Wing's Public Affairs shop. 12 Oct 99

Spaatzen at CAWG Encampment graduation
Spaatzen at CAWG Encampment Graduation Standing, from left: Matt Johnson, Jorge Barriere, Scott Englund, Wayne Brown, Tony Upton, Darryl Choy, Brian Luce, Scott Matthews (doing his best Mike Donat impression). Squatting: C/Col Andrew Meislin. Missing from photo: Christine (McKannon) Lee, Aaron Kahn. (photo: Josh Pavlovich)
Annual Meeting, California Style
While everyone else was meeting in Denver, California had its own gathering of diamonds following graduation activities at the CAWG encampment in San Luis Obispo. Tony Upton, #99, was in attendance as a proud parent—his son, Cody, was a member of the cadet staff. And sighted amidst all the blue and gold CAWG patches was one with a pineapple emblazoned on it, worn by Hawaii Wing Director of Cadet Programs Maj Darryl Choy, #1154, who served as a tactical officer at the encampment. 31 Aug 99

High-flying Spaatzen Featured in Air & Space Magazine
An article entitled "The Fly Chromosome" in the June/July issue of Air & Space magazine features Andrea "Andi" (Thompson) Tart, #671, as one of today's women aviators whose fathers mentored their interest in aviation. Andi graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988 and after serving six years as an Air Force pilot now flies Boeing 727s for Delta Air Lines. Andi and family are in the process of temporarily relocating to Maxwell AFB, Ala., while her husband Bill (an AF major-selectee and former CAP cadet himself) attends Air Command & Staff College. 21 Jul 99

Lanis: "I was FAIPed!!"
ES website wonderboy Scott Lanis, #1179, recently graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Missisippi and pinned on the silver wings of an Air Force pilot. A 1997 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Scott was selected to become a T-37 instructor pilot (with a fighter follow-on) and is now undergoing Pilot Instructor Training at Randolph AFB, Texas. Upon completion of PIT in October, Scott will return to the 37th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus where he promises a warm greeting and a no-hook guarantee for Columbus SUPT students and fellow Spaatzen Tim Voss, Jason Trew and Joe Rucker. Sorry guys, just kidding about that no-hook thing. 20 Jul 99

Austen Tops in MER
TSA's own six-million-dollar man Steve Austen, #161, was recently named Middle East Region's Senior Member of the Year for 1999. Steve is Fayetteville Composite Squadron's Leadership Officer in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Communications Coordinator for the Spaatz Association. 23 Jun 99

Spring Brings New Batch of Commissionees
Commencement ceremonies around the country are ushering in the newest crop of military officers. Among those accepting commissions are the following Spaatzen:

Lieutenant Rucker, #1300, a 1999 graduate of North Carolina State University, had the privilege of being sworn in by Spaatz #80, Brig Gen Jim Jaeger, USAF (Ret). General Jaeger is the first Spaatz recipient to achieve flag rank in any branch of the US military. Lt Rucker is currently assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, SC, and will attend SUPT at Columbus AFB, Miss in May 2000. 2d Lt Jean-André Parmiter, USAF (#1055), graduated from Officer Training School and was commissioned earlier this year, receiving an assignment to Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas. 7 May 99

Maryland Spaatzen Awarded Bronze Medal of Valor
In recognition of his quick reaction to the life-threatening aftermath of a boating accident on the Potomac River, Rich Benet, #1031, was awarded Civil Air Patrol's Bronze Medal of Valor. Presented in a recent ceremony by Maryland Wing commander Colonel Ralph Vogt, the medal—CAP's second-highest decoration for bravery—honors Benet for rescuing two fishermen whose boat had capsized. Faced with impending darkness and runoff from heavy rains, Benet determined that there wasn't time to find additional help and carried out the rescue himself. Retired Air Force Brigadier General Jim Jaeger, Spaatz #80, was on hand for the award ceremony and spoke to the audience, commenting that Rich's bravery exemplifies the dedication of CAP members. 7 May 99

California, Colorado Score Spaatz "Hat Tricks"
In the past four months, California Wing scored a veritable Spaatzen "hat trick", garnering three Spaatz Awards: Andrew Meislin, #1389, Scott C. Matthews, #1390, and Jorge M. Barriere, #1392. Not to be outdone, Colorado Wing cadets Michael J. Warf, #1375, Royce M. Lippert, #1380, and Miguel F. Rivera, #1381, all earned their Spaatz Awards with two weeks of each other last August. Congratulations to these recent recipients! 4 Apr 99

Lee Named CAWG CP Director
Ned Lee, #356, was installed as California Wing's Director of Cadet Programs at the wing's Cadet Programs Conference held over Presidents' Weekend in San Luis Obispo. Ned is a Superior Court Justice in California's famed "Silicon Valley" and is a Major (Infantry) in the California Army National Guard. 17 Feb 99

Breeding Pair To-Be
Richard Griffith, #1228, and Jamie Foote, #1329, were recently engaged to be married. Jamie is a senior biology major at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Richard is a graduate of Indiana University and is an active duty Air Force 2d Lt at Minot AFB North Dakota where he is the 5th Medical Group executive officer. Jamie is the Indiana Wing Director of Cadet Programs and Richard is getting ready to join North Dakota Wing Staff. They're planning a December '99 wedding. [One more couple I can try to goad into writing a "breeding pairs" feature...] 26 Jan 99

Gardner Headed For ACSC
John Gardner, #550, will attend the USAF Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB this fall. John is an active-duty Major currently serving as the Chief of Intelligence for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) wing at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.  ACSC, the Air Force's intermediate professional military education school, prepares field grade officers and US civilians to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and government arenas. Geared toward teaching the skills necessary for command, ACSC focuses on shaping and molding tomorrow's Air Force squadron commanders. ACSC's academic environment stimulates and encourages free expression of ideas as well as independent, analytical, and creative thinking. 13 Jan 99

Kentucky Colonel
In recent ceremonies, Mike Cooper, Spaatz #630, became the first Spaatz recipient to assume command of CAP's Kentucky Wing. Mike is a physician assistant and a captain in the Air Force Reserve. 4 Jan 99

Voss Tapped for USAF Pilot Training
In November, the USAF Undergraduate Flying Training Board selected Tim Voss, #1093, to attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. An active-duty USAF captain, Tim recently returned from a Saudi Arabian deployment in support of Operation Northern Watch. Tim was in attendance at California Wing's Cadet Officers' Basic Course during the holidays, where he was overheard to say, "Where there's a will, there's a waiver!" 4 Jan 99

Just Do It
Spaatz Association webmaster Matt Johnson, #901, has been named technical producer of a new website for athletics shoe giant Nike. The site, to be produced by San Francisco multimedia agency CKS Partners, will tout Nike's new Alpha Project line of athletic shoes and apparel. Matt will oversee technical development of the website, slated to launch in December. 9 Nov 98

Spaatzen Begetting Spaatzen?
click for larger imageBelieved to be the first CAP cadet produced by a set of Spaatzen parents, Joanna Lee, daughter of Ned (#356) and Christine (#235) Lee, completed her "basic" encampment this summer. Cadet Lee, a member of J.J. Montgomery Memorial Cadet Squadron 36 in San Jose, California, is seen here on day one of the encampment studying her encampment SOP. (Civil Air Patrol photo/Maj Wayne Brown, #704) 26 Oct 98

California Encampment Rife with Spaatzen
Spaatz recipients comprised fully one-fifth of the 50-member senior staff at the California Wing Encampment recently concluded at Camp San Luis Obispo. We're convinced: this has got to be some kind of record.... 4 Sep 98

Former Spaatz cadets on CAWG Encampment staff
Spaatzen at CAWG Encampment From left: Matt Johnson, Scott Englund, Perry Ellis...er, Mike Donat, Brian Campbell, Brian Luce, Aaron Kahn, Chris Taylor, Wayne Brown and Christine (McKannon) Lee. Missing from photo: Ned Lee. (Civil Air Patrol photo/Lt Col Bob Bevers)

Simmons Appointed to CAP National Executive Committee
David Simmons, #447, became the second Spaatz recipient to become a member of CAP's National Executive Committee following his appointment as National Legal Officer by CAP National Commander Brig Gen James C. Bobick. Dave is an attorney in private practice in Denver, Colorado (site of the 1999 CAP National Board meeting and TSA Annual Meeting) and is former Vice Commander of Colorado Wing. 17 Aug 98

click for larger imageSpaatzen Sweep Top CAP Awards
In what may be a first, Spaatz recipients took all three major awards recognizing CAP's top members at the National Board Meeting and Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Wisconsin Wing's Stephen Kohler, #912, was named CAP's Senior Member of the Year and in a surprise ceremony was promoted to lieutenant colonel by CAP National Commander Brig Gen James C. Bobick and USAF Chief of Staff General Michael E. Ryan.

click for larger imageTammy Jo Blevins, #1301, accepted plaques from CAP and the Air Force Association recognizing her as CAP's Cadet of the Year, as previously reported.

And finally, Gary Boyd, #327, was named recipient of the F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership. Gary commands Idaho Wing's Coeur d'Alene Composite Squadron, CAP's Squadron of Distinction for 1998. (Civil Air Patrol photos/Jim Tynan) Updated 6 Sep 98

click for larger imageBrewer Award Goes to Torma
Michigan's Bethany Torma, #1344, received the Frank G. Brewer Memorial Award for Aerospace Education (Cadet Category), in recognition her contributions to CAP's Aerospace Education mission. Bethany received the award in Atlanta during CAP's National Board Meeting. (Civil Air Patrol photo/Jim Tynan) Updated 6 Sep 98

Former White House Intern Back on the Payroll
Earlier this month, Sean O'Shea, #1245, was appointed by the White House to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman's office as an executive assistant. In his new capacity, Sean assists the Deputy Chief of Staff in coordinating the Secretary's travel and schedule as well as events with the White House. Sean is a 1998 graduate of DePaul University and served an internship in the White House last fall. 23 Jul 98

Army Puke Makes Major
One of a couple spaatzen tanker types we know of--and we're not talkin' aerial refueling--Maryland's John Kilgallon, #721, was recently promoted to the rank of Major, U.S. Army. Detailed to the Acquisition Corps, John is an Armor officer by profession and is currently serving as a project director in the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland. 23 Jul 98

Spaatzen Named to Clinton Administration Post
James Babbitt, #206, an active-duty U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and infantry officer, was recently selected to serve as a Special Advisor for International Affairs in the Office of the Vice President. In this position, he is responsible for providing direct policy assistance and advice to the Vice President on matters relating to Africa, international peacekeeping, humanitarian affairs, human rights and democracy, and United Nations issues. This assignment follows a series of command and staff positions in combat units and duty as an Army and Defense Attache in overseas embassies. 18 Jul 98

Blevins Named CAP Cadet of the Year
On the heels of being named Maryland Wing Cadet of the Year, then Middle East Region Cadet of the Year, we've learned that Tammy Jo Blevins is Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year for 1998. Tammy Jo will accept the award and the accompanying USAF Chief of Staff Scholarship at CAP's National Board Meeting & Convention next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Tammy Jo was recognized for her achievements in aerospace education, academic excellence and leadership, and also received CAP's Exceptional Service Award for her leadership while serving as chair of the National Cadet Advisory Council during the past year. 14 Jul 98

Spaatzen Clean Up on CAP Scholarships
CAP recently awarded over $86,000 in academic, vocational and flight scholarships, with the following Spaatzen getting a piece of the pie:
  Tammy Jo Blevins
Michael Garman
Kathy Hoverman
Dustin Jones
Nick Kalair
Adam Kass
  Brian Lau
Richard Muffoletto
Hugh Stewart
Bethany Torma
William Westcott
14 Jul 98

Tourville Tops at Hq CAP
Bobbie Tourville, #940, was named Hq Civil Air Patrol's first-ever Employee of the Quarter in recent ceremonies at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Bobbie is a program manager and instructional systems developer for Senior Training in the Aerospace Education and Training Directorate. 13 Jul 98

Eddinger Ties the Knot
We're pleased to announce that Matt Eddinger, #1094, recently married Cathy Sullivan, CAP's Cadet of the Year for 1996. Best wishes to the newlyweds! 13 Jul 98

Kahn Earns ATP Ticket
At the ripe old age of 23 (the FAA minumum), Aaron Kahn, #1235, recently earned an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate. Aaron, a full-time flight instructor for Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Livermore, California, trains student pilots enrolled in Korean Air Lines' ab initio flight training program and hopes for an airline job for himself soon. 13 Jul 98

Rucker Receives USAF Pilot Slot, Named Corps Commander
At ceremonies held recently at AFROTC Det 595, North Carolina State University, Joe Rucker, #1300, was awarded an Air Force pilot slot. He will attend Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training sometime after graduation and commissioning in May 1999. Joe was also selected to command the 595th AFROTC Cadet Wing at NC State this Fall. 23 Mar 98

Voss Completes ABM Course, Assigned to AWACS Duty
Tim Voss, Spaatz #1093, recently pinned on USAF Officer Aircrew wings following 18 months of training for the Air Force's newest AFSC, Air Battle Manager (13Bxx). Part of the fifth class to complete the new course at Tyndall AFB, Florida, Tim is believed to be the first Spaatz recipient assigned to the ABM career field, now a "rated" specialty along with pilots and navigators. Tim is presently assigned to the 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552d Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma as an Air Weapons Officer flying aboard the E-3 Sentry (AWACS), where he joins fellow spaatzen Costas Leonidou, #938, an E-3 pilot in the 552d. 14 Mar 98

Spaatzen M.D. Receives Air Force Accolades
Daniel E. Davis (Spaatz #828), an active-duty Internal Medicine physician at Keesler AFB, MS, was recently named Company Grade Officer of the Year for the 81st Medical Group—the first time a doctor has been chosen for this award. Daniel, a 1989 University of Kentucky grad and member of KY Wing for 10 yrs (1980-1990) was also recently selected for promotion to major. 2 Mar 98

Parmiter Accepted to OTS
Congratulations to Jean-André Parmiter, #1055, who was recently accepted to USAF's Officer Training School. Having worked his way through Virginia Commonwealth University as an Armament Systems Technician in the Virginia Air National Guard, Jean-André has spent his share of time in & around F-16s and now hopes to end up flying them. [Just what the Air Force needs—another butter-bar…]

Five Make Latest USAF Captains List
This bunch (gaggle? herd?) of spaatzen were selected for promotion to Captain by the last Air Force promotions board.

Congrats, gang!

Spaatz Generals to Oversee National Encampments
No, that isn't a typo or a new cadet grade: our two Spaatz Generals, Brig Gen Jim Jaeger, USAF (Ret), Spaatz #80, and Brig Gen Rich Anderson, CAP, Spaatz #193, have accepted responsibility for the two National Cadet Encampments to be conducted next Summer in Aberdeen, Maryland and at the Air Force Academy.

Spaatzen Infiltration of Hq CAP Continues
With the addition of Brian Campbell (#1219) to the staff roster as Cadet Programs Registrar in August, we've positioned a total of six Spaatzen spies at CAP National Headquarters. Our other operatives: Lori Swanson (#667), Chief, Curriculum Development (Cadet Programs); Chris Shaw (#720), Chief, Multimedia Productions (Marketing & Public Relations); Bobbie Tourville (#940), Program Manager/Instructional Systems Developer (Aerospace Education & Training); Matt Eddinger (#1094), Special Activities Program Manager (Cadet Programs); and Tori Steinmeier (#1271), Special Activities Program Manager (Cadet Programs)–who also moonlights as TSA Secretary.

Maine Spaatzen Named MEWG Chief of Staff
Don Littlefield, #1069, was recently appointed Maine Wing's Chief of Staff.

Virginia Spaatzen Declines VMI Acceptance
C/Col Brooke Elliott, the first female to apply and be accepted to Virginia Military Institute (see story below) has elected not to attend the school this fall, but will attend Virginia Tech instead. Her decision was driven by the fact her chosen field of study was not offered at VMI.

California Spaatzen Named CAP Cadet of the Year
Mark Hoferer, Spaatz #1288, was named Civil Air Patrol's Cadet of the Year at the National Board Meeting & Conference held in Las Vegas. Hoferer, an instrument-rated pilot, was recognized for his outstanding record of service in California Wing.

Maryland Spaatzen Receives Brewer Award, Elected NCAC Chair
The Frank G. Brewer Memorial Award for Aerospace Education (Cadet Category), recognizing the cadet contributing most to CAP's Aerospace Education mission was given to Maryland Wing's Tammy Jo Blevins, Spaatz #1301, at the National Board meeting in Las Vegas. She was also selected as the Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year by the Air Force Association.

C/Col Blevins was also elected chair of the National Cadet Advisory Council during the council's meeting at National Board. She'll hold the post until next Spring when she turns 21.

Spaatzen USAFA Appointees
The Association is proud to announce the following members have reported to the United States Air Force Academy as part of the Class of 2001:

Fellow spaatzen Jason Trew (#1181) and Marc Johnson (#1256), both in their third year at the Academy, were members of the Basic Cadet Training cadre; Trew sought out and personally welcomed each incoming CAP cadet, providing a much-needed morale boost. TSA president Beth Dunn (USAFA Class of '85) also visted the Academy during BCT. Representing USAFA at National Board in Las Vegas, Trew reported that every CAP cadet successfully completed BCT and began academics on August 4th. Congrats to our new doolies!

TSA Webmaster Receives Command
Our very own webmaster, Matt Johnson (#901), has been named commander of California Wing's San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86. His first command assignment as a senior member, Matt's staff includes fellow spaatzen Wayne Brown (#704) and Aaron Kahn (#1235). Matt is a past Cadet Program Development Officer for Utah Wing.

Spaatzen Selected for 1997 IACE
Participants for this year's Intenational Air Cadet Exchange have been announced, and include the following spaatzen:
  Derek Britton
Devon Britton
Jospeph Byers
Phillip Casha
Brian Coats
  Eric Colon
Jessica Kratz
Darren Makela
(Escort)
William Westcott
Congratulations and have a great time!

TSA President in a Field (grade) All Her Own
Spaatz Association president Beth Dunn (#690), an active-duty finance officer currently assigned to the Air Force Materiel Command's Space & Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, California, assumed the rank of Major (USAF) on February 28th. Beth is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and lives in San Pedro, California with her son, A.J. Congratulations Major Dunn!

VAWG Spaatzen Among First Women Accepted to VMI
Cadet Colonel Brooke Elliott (#1311) of CAP's Virginia Wing is one of 20 women offered admission to Virginia Military Institute. Brooke was the first female to apply to the previously all-male school. Following graduation, C/Col Elliott plans to pursue a career in either the U.S. Marine Corps or the U.S. Air Force.

C/Col Elliott isn't the only female with a CAP background to be accepted by VMI. Cadets Amy Abraham of Tennessee Wing and Lauren Wagner of Virginia Wing are also among the group who could join the "rat line" this fall. (Wagner has since accepted an appointment to USAFA --MJ)

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