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    Falcon Award Recipients

    The Award AFTER the Spaatz Award

    Thanks to the work of Spaatz Association President Steve Austin in the early 2000s, we have uncovered a partial list of Falcon Award recipients!

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    The list below is sorted first by number (if any), then by presentation date (if known).

    Number (if any) Last First MI Date (if known) Wing
    1 Roach Douglas C 1/25/1965 MI
    3 O’Quin Henry M 1966 LA
    4 Ehrman David G 11/30/1966 IN
    6 Vreeland Thomas S 1966 NY
    Unk Jansen Michael J 1966 SC
    Unk Kish Daniel P 1966 CO
    Unk Sawyer Gwen D 1966 NM
    8 Bowcock Stephen W 1967 CA
    9 Barton John C 1967 HI
    10 Peffer, III Arthur D 7/1/1967 CO
    11 Driscoll Donald A 1967 NY
    12 Belk James W 1967 TX
    13 Hibbert Kenneth B 1967 PA
    15 Doherty William E 1967 RI
    16 Kelly Kenneth D 1967 FL
    17 Pliner Michael H 1967 TX
    18 Hanford Michael F 1967 PA
    19 Schueckler James R 1967 NY
    20 Frazee Ronald L 1967 MT
    21 Roy Robert E 1967 RI
    22 Schoenfeld Stephen E 1967 NY
    23 De Filippi, Jr. George 1967 AL
    24 Skeen Sheila K 1967 AL
    25 Olliver Charles L 1967 IL
    31 Goss Kenneth A 9/1/1968 MA
    33 Newhouse James O 1968 NC
    Unk Caldwell Lee G 1968 UT
    Unk Greeson David C 1968 FL
    Unk Haffey Mark D 1968 FL
    Unk Ives Jeffrey D 1968 CT
    Unk Livesay Bonne B 1968 OR
    Unk Martin Robert E 1968 MS
    Unk Starkey David J 1968 OR
    Unk Winter, Jr. Frederick G 1968 FL
    46 Hey Robert S 6/30/1969 OH
    50 Remy Patrick L 1969 TX
    Unk Adams David H 1969 IA
    Unk Allen Michael A 1969 PA
    Unk Anderson Robert D 1969 AZ
    Unk Aubuchon James R 1969 TN
    Unk Borst Paul H? 1969 NY
    Unk Ditzel David B 1969 MT
    Unk Druzak Stephen A 1969 WA
    Unk Enlow Roger W 1969 ID
    Unk Gonzales Frank P 1969 TX
    Unk Hebda Larry J 1969 IL
    Unk Krell Bruce E 1969 MS
    Unk Lockwood Ernest L 1969 IL
    Unk Medler Andrew 1969 NY
    Unk Morris Glen R 1969 FL
    Unk Quill, Jr. Leo P 1969 DE
    Unk Ringlee Stephen R 1969 CA
    Unk Ritchie Wallace A 1969 CT
    Unk Roth Frank D 1969 IL
    Unk Ruzycki Mary S 1969 FL
    Unk Ryan William J 1969 NY
    Unk Sanborn Don W 1969 ME
    Unk Seals Richard E 1969 GA
    Unk Smith Richard B 1969 PA
    Unk Berkowitz Murray R 1970 NY
    Unk Donlan Maureen 1970 Unk
    Unk Duntz David W 1970 NY
    Unk Durham Terry L 1970 AL
    Unk Frye Kevin M 1970 FL
    Unk Goidel Richard K 1970 NY
    Unk Harris Thomas E 1970 GA
    Unk Hiss Glen 1970 UT
    Unk Jaeger James A 1970 WI
    Unk Johnson Leigh D 1970 DC
    Unk Johnston Albert W 1970 LA
    Unk Matzko William B 1970 DE
    Unk McKannon Thomas 1970 CA
    Unk Shore Sandra L 1970 NY
    Unk Smith Walter T 1970 TN
    Unk Sneegas Stanley 1970 KS
    Unk Socwell John C 1970 MO
    Unk Stinger Charles 1970 KY
    Unk Talbot Gary 1970 MN
    Unk Taylor Mike 1970 CA
    Unk Vernon O. Darley, II 3/9/1971
    83 Doto, Jr. Paul 1971 NJ
    85 Maymon Douglas R 1971 FL
    94 Murphy Michael A 11/24/1971 FL
    98 Pulliam David 1972 MI
    101 Pfeiffer Charles A. 1972 FL
    103 Austen Steven W. 7/17/1972 LA
    100 Miller Wayne D. 25-Jul-72
    Unk Higgins Mary K 1972 IL
    Unk Zirilli Victor L 7/6/1973 NE
    Unk Hickcox Robert C 7/12/1973 NY
    Unk Sackley, III Edward J 9/24/1973 IL
    124 Sadauskas Thomas C. 1/7/1974 CT
    Unk Hunt Jeffrey A. 1974 DC
    Unk Harting, Jr Harry L 1/23/1975 OH
    Unk Foster Michael R. 3/3/1975 CO
    Unk Hurley Thomas 3/3/1975 MI
    Unk Wanttaja Ron 4/14/1975 ND
    Unk Anderson Richard L. 8/25/1975 VA
    179 Melendez Nancy 1975 PR
    N/A Bishop, Jr Charles G 6/30/1976 AR
    N/A Lubynsky Roman 1976 CT
    N/A Billman Eddy 1/27/1977 TX
    N/A Catron Steven A. 8/10/1977 CA
    N/A Costello John 12/20/1977 VA
    N/A Haertel Eric G 1977 FL
    N/A Lorimor Gary 1977 OR
    N/A Moss Dana W 1977 NY
    N/A Abegg Joe 11/21/1978 IL
    N/A Mattes Robert 11/21/1978 PA
    N/A Foster Stephen L 4/5/1978 WI
    N/A Retz Lawrence P 1978 KS
    N/A Gullberg Steven 1/29/1979 NY
    N/A Graves Richard E 4/13/1979 PA
    NA Roy George G 4/19/1979 IL
    N/A Anger Randy C 5/1/1979 NY
    N/A Rolando Esther C 5/14/1979 MI
    N/A Shedd Thomas G 5/21/1979 NC
    N/A Karsten Robert A Jun-79 NH
    N/A Bassani Cary 6/20/1979 WA
    N/A Magners Richard 1979 PA
    N/A Rivera Awilda I 1979 PR
    N/A Navarini George Summer 1979
    N/A Streeter Megann 6/29/1979 UT
    N/A Trick Lawrence 6/29/1979 PA
    N/A Adams Daniel Unk NE
    N/A Lee Edward F Unk CA
    N/A Massey James Unk FL
    N/A Miller Joel Unk VA
    N/A Parman Donald Unk MI
    Unk Morich Paul W Unk NJ
    Unk Puentes Carlos A Unk FL


    59 comments to “Falcon Award Recipients”

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    1. Stephen Austen - Feb 08, 2012

      Hi all — Spaatz #1 through Spaatz #513 were eligible to receive the Falcon Award. This information about the Falcon Award recipients was authenciated from old “CAP News” and “Annual Reports to Congress” publications. The earliest Falcon awards were numbered. When it officially becasme a Senior Program Award the numbering of the award was dropped. Let us hear from you!

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        Mike Hower - Feb 14, 2012


        Thanks for the note. I’ve updated the master chart above to show the period of both numbered and unnumbered awards…and then a list of “others” for those we don’t have firm info for.


        • Doug Maymon - Mar 08, 2012

          I received the 85th Falcon Award in 1971. Do not recall the exact date and the certificate is buried in storage.

          Regards to all,

          Doug Maymon #122

    2. Bob Mattes - Feb 13, 2012


      I received Spaatz #445 in 1977 and then my Frank E. Borman Falcon Award in 1978 (I think), which was unnumbered, when I turned senior. I have the certificate laying around here somewhere but couldn’t lay my hands on it in a hurry.

    3. Harry Lloyd Harting, Jr. - Feb 26, 2012

      I received an unnumbered Frank Borman Falcon Award Certificate on 23 January 1975.

      Harry L. Harting, Jr.
      Spaatz #273

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        Mike Hower - Feb 27, 2012


        Thanks for the update. I’ve included you in the master table. Also, thanks to some help from, we’ve updated all the 1967 numbered Falcon Awards.


    4. Steve Catron - Mar 03, 2012

      I received an unnumbered Falcon Award on Aug 10 1977. Spaatz Award #308. CA Wing.

    5. Bruce Krell - Mar 20, 2012

      Your info is correct. I did receive my Falcon in the Fall of 1969.
      The commander of CAP presented this to me in front of the AF ROTC
      unit at Tulane.

      Brig Gen Richard N. Ellis, USAF, 1 Nov 1969 – 31 Oct 1972

      So, I received my award right after he was appointed.

      The award was numbered. You show someone in 1969 as award number 50.
      I think my number may have been 49 but am not sure.
      Don’t have the certificate. I do remember an intense desire to beat
      number 50 in both my Spaatz and Falcon. Spaatz is #44.

      Interestingly, the reason the good General came to me was that he had
      a daughter at Newcombe, which was an all female school that is part of Tulane.
      He wanted to visit his daughter. We even laughed about that. Very nice guy.

    6. Richard L. Anderson - Apr 02, 2012

      I received my Falcon Award on 25 Aug 75 as a CAP Chief Warrant Officer. The certificate was unnumbered, so I have no idea where I am in the line-up. The certificate was signed by CAP Brig Gen William M. Patterson (CAP/CC) and USAF Brig Gen Leslie J. Westberg (HQ CAP-USAF/CC).

    7. Mary Kay Higgins - Jun 03, 2012

      Hi, I have the Falcon Award, and I imagine it was in 1972 when I was sworn into the Professional Officer Corps in Air Force R.O.T.C. It may be numbered, but I don’t know for sure. I’ll write back when I run into the certificat.

      Mary Kay Higgins, Spaatz 131, Illinois Wing

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        Mike Hower - Jun 03, 2012

        Mary Kay,

        Thanks for the update. I’ve added you to the “found” list. If you got your award before 7 Sep 72, then you definitely have a number. After this, they were unnumbered by NHQ. You should see an update when we refresh the pages around the middle of June!


    8. Randy C Anger - Oct 13, 2012


      I received the Falcon Award on 5/1/79, Spaatz number 433. Thanks

      • Randy C Anger - Oct 13, 2012

        sorry hit the wrong keys Spaatz number was 422

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          Mike Hower - Oct 15, 2012

          Thanks! I’ve added you to the master list. It will be posted with the November update.

    9. Bob Thomas - Jan 14, 2013

      I know the following also received their Falcon.
      Eddy Billman also has the Gil Robb Wilson.

      223 Victor L. Zirilli 06 Jul 1973 NE AF Academy
      312 Michael R. Foster 03 Mar 1975 CO
      419 Eddy Billman 27 Jan 1977 TX AF Academy

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        Mike Hower - Jan 16, 2013


        Thanks for the update. I’ll post an updated list to the site this morning!


    10. Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz, D.O., M.A., M.S., M.P.H. - Jan 17, 2013

      Dear Mike,

      I was awarded the Spaatz award #128 on 15 Oct 1970. I was also awarded the Falcon Award (the “old” metal Eagle ribbon). I never received my certificate as one of the Senior Members received my award on my behalf as I was unavailable; I have never known my Falcon number. I did receive the medal and ribbon; however it was lost somewhere in my transfers and moves. I was in the Bronx, NY at the time of my Spaatz and officially still on the rolls as a Senior (although I was on active duty at the time).

      Richard Goidel was in Brooklyn, NY and was Spaatz #96 or 98. Sandra Shore (later Dorfman) was #100 (also Bronx, NY). I believe that Andrew Medler was either #98 or 96 (whichever Rich Goidel was not).

      If you wish, I am happy to send an update of my activities. Please feel free to contact me at the email I provided.


      (Spaatz #128)

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        Mike Hower - Jan 19, 2013


        Thanks for the update. It looks like your Falcon number would be between 51 and 84. I’ll keep you posted as we get more data.

        It would be great if you would update your contact info here:

        I’m working on a “Where are they now?” page for each Spaatzen to provide updates on who is doing what. I hope it will be running by the end of the first quarter.

        More soon.


      • Robert C. Hickcox, Spaatz #146 - Mar 11, 2013

        Murray, you old duffer! Your post brings back back many warm memories of New York Wing! Best Wishes!

        • Dana Moss, Spaatz #303, Dec 1974/Falcon 1977 - Mar 31, 2013

          My former cadet commander! You led the Albany squadron for the first 8 months I was in CAP, and I’ve followed you in earning the Spaatz and Falcon Awards and attending a service academy. Now after a 35 year hiatus, I’m back with CAP watching my son following in his old duffer’s steps! Good to be in touch!

      • Mary Kay Higgins - Sep 19, 2013


        You almost got a surprise patient in your former office in Arlington (I see Dr Michael P. periodically).

        I hope you are doing well, and I wonder where you are.

        Mary Kay

        • Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz, D.O., M.A., M.S., M.P.H. - Sep 20, 2013

          Dear Mary Kay,

          Great to hear from you. I have been living in GA in the Atlanta suburbs. Am currently tenured Assoc Prof teaching medical students at GA campus of PCOM. My email is Email me there and we can catch up.



    11. Chuck Bishop - Jan 19, 2013

      I earned the Falcon Award 30 July 1976. 219 Charles G. Bishop Jr (Chuck). Signed by William Patterson, National Commander and Carl MS. Miller, CAP-USAF Commander.

    12. Dana W. Moss - Feb 04, 2013

      Dana W. Moss, Falcon Award in summer or fall 1977, I believe it was not numbered. I’m active again in CAP – any idea where I can get the Falcon Award ribbon?

      • Alan Ewing - Aug 08, 2013

        Mr. Moss: I work at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, and I have found a book in our library entitled Military Aircraft 1939-1945 with your name in it, handwritten and with an embossed seal of your name/iniitials. Apparently you received it as a Christmas present from your parents in 1971. it is in marvelous shape, but the plates in the back are off the spine. If this is the right Dana W. Moss, it would be my privilege to return it to you.

        Alan Ewing
        USAF Academy Class of 1984

      • Stephen Austen - Sep 23, 2013

        Oddly enough, EBay. I found one of the old enameled ribbons there. Took patience, tho. Steve Austen, Falcon number 103

    13. Tom Sadauskas - Mar 02, 2013

      Vanguard does not offer the Falcon Award ribbon as one of the CAP ribbons they sell. I wish I had bought more than the one cloth ribbon I currently wear. it’s beginning to look a bit worn but I can’t replace it.

      I wonder what it takes to get Vanguard or someone else to make a Falcon Award ribbon again?

      I was in Air Force ROTC when I was awarded my Spaatz so it only took another 38 days before I received my Falcon Award.

      Tom Sadauskas

    14. Robert C. Hickcox, Spaatz #146 - Mar 11, 2013

      I received my Falcon Award in the fall of 1973, from General Hoyt S. Vandenburg, Jr., Commandant of Cadets, USAFA, after the completion of my 3rd class year at the Academy. I will dig out my certificate and check it for a number.

      • Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz, D.O., M.A., M.S., M.P.H. - Mar 11, 2013

        Dear Bob,

        Great to hear from you. Please email me at so we can catch up.



      • Robert C. Hickcox - Apr 13, 2013

        I checked my Falcon Certificate. The date of the certificate is 12 July 1973. There is no number.

    15. George Navarini - May 27, 2013

      Steve and Mike, Great to see that you guys added this. In the summer of 1979, I recalled being told I earned the Falcon, but it was never formally presented (nor was my Spaatz–I had to ‘borrow it’ off my squadron commander’s desk, after discovering it had a coffee ring on it (on the back, thankfully)). After all these years, it would be cool to find out if this was true.

      Also note that you guys are missing the Falcon Award of Carlos A. Puentes, also of Florida Wing. His squadron commander arraigned to actally have Frank Broman present the award. Carlos still has both the certificate and the newspaper clipping.


      George Navarini, MEP, ALEM, MEMS, PCP
      Admissions Officer
      U.S. Coast Guard Academy
      TSA 407

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        Mike Hower - May 28, 2013


        Let me see what I can track down in the records about your award. Thanks for the tip on Carlos — I’ve reached out to him for an update.


    16. Thomas S Vreeland - Aug 11, 2013

      My Falcon Award was #6.

    17. Leviticus A Lewis - Oct 15, 2013

      Hello Everyone,
      I regret not following up with getting my Falcon Award, even though I became a senior member for a period of time and was a NROTC Midshipman. Spent 20 years in the Navy retiring as a Commander and would tell everyone who would listen that I credit much if not all of my success due to being a Civil Air Patrol cadet.
      L.A. Lewis
      Spaatzen #277
      Savannah Composite Squadron, Georgia Wing

    18. Gregory Weidenfeld - Nov 16, 2013

      I don’t know his date or number, but I am absolutely certain that Paul W. Morich of New Jersey Wing was a Falcon Award winner. I’ve seen his certificate and I saw him wearing the ribbon. I don’t currently have contact with him.

    19. Robert Hey - Jan 20, 2014

      My name (Robert Hey) is listed above as Falcon award recipient, but the number which is 46 is missing. I received the award on June 30, 1969. Thanks for updating your records.

    20. Mike Allen Taylor - Feb 09, 2014

      Please add Antony Michael Upton to the list of Falcon award recipients. He received his Spaatz #99, and I know that in the next year or two he went on to get his Falcon. He and I were both in the same squadron and close friends.

      I am still trying to figure out what my Falcon number is, which WAS issued 9/15/1970. Which means it should be between 51 and 84 I have the certificate, but of course the number is on the back. My wife had my certificate professionally mounted in a frame – along with a photo of Ronald Reagan (Governor) presenting my Spaatz to me – right about the time that RR and I celebrated our birthday! In that same frame is the ‘medal’ portion of the Falcon award medal.

      I have not figured out how to request a Spaatz.Org email. ???

    21. Mike Allen Taylor - Feb 09, 2014

      Here is an interesting note – according to:

      Col. Larry Trick received the LAST Falcon award – a mark of distinction certainly.

    22. Rich Graves - Mar 17, 2014

      Hello, I respectfully request that you add my name to your Falcon award recipient list, Richard E Graves. My award letter is dated 13 April 1979 and Brig Gen Jonnie Boyd, CAP, and Brig Gen Paul Gardner, USAF, presented the certificate, medal and ribbon to me at the NE Region Conference in fall 1979. I was in the PAWG.


      Rich Graves
      Spaatz #484
      USA (ret)

    23. Stephen Foster - Jun 27, 2014

      Thanks to Mike McEleney who initially reported my Falcon Award – I received the award on 5 Apr 78 (Steve Foster, Spaatz #440). There was no award certificate number

    24. Jeffery A. Hunt - Jul 26, 2014

      I recieved the Falcon Award I believe in 1974 after completing two years of AFROTC at Howard University. I am Spaatzen 245 from the National Capital Wing. Both may Spaatz and Falcon ribbons are displayed in my office at work. Jeffery A. Hunt 245

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        Mike Hower - Jul 29, 2014


        Thanks for the update. I’ll add you to the list, and you will appear in the next web update.


    25. David Ehrman - Jul 30, 2014

      My Falcon Award is #4 dated 30 Nov 1966. I have the certificate, but don’t show it to many people because the serial number on the award is my SSN.

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        Mike Hower - Jul 31, 2014


        Thanks! I’ve added you to the master list. Your award will appear when we do the next update to the website.


    26. Darrel Williamson - Aug 07, 2014

      I purchased a Falcon Award Medal a few years ago at a military collectors show. They had no idea what it was. On the reverse of the medal is the name U.L. Estes. I couldn’t find this person on your listings for Spaatz Awards or Falcon Awards. If anyone knows if this person actually was awarded this award, or knows if this person is still around, I would love to reunite the medal with it’s owner.


      Lt.Col. Darrel D. Williamson, CAP
      Indiana Wing Group XII Headquarters

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        Mike Hower - Aug 07, 2014

        Lt Col Williamson,

        Unfortunately, the name may be a manufacturer mark. To earn a Falcon Award, you need to have earned the Spaatz Award. Our Spaatz list is complete, and there is no one by the name of Estes on the list. Perhaps one of our other members can provide some additional insight.


    27. Mike Allen Taylor (Fort Wayne, IN) - Aug 07, 2014

      Perhaps if you could take a close up photo where the name is shown and either post the image if possible or email to myself or to Mike Hower. There MIGHT also be a number inscribed as well.

    28. Megann Streeter - Aug 17, 2014

      I received my Falcon Award 29 June 1979. Megann Streeter

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        Mike Hower - Aug 18, 2014

        I’ve added you to the master Falcon list. Your name will appear when we do the next update — probably in mid- to late-September.

        What squadron were you from in UT? I was in Enterprise at the U from 1985-1991.

        Would you be willing to update your contact information via our Member Services page? (Click Membership…Member Services…and fill out our online Information Update Form).


        • Megann streeter - Aug 23, 2014

          I was with Wasatch and Westminster in the 70’s .. Will do the update. Not many Beehive folks running around glad to meet you.

    29. Paul Doto Jr - Aug 20, 2014

      Mike – I received the Falcon Award in 1971 but don’t have the exact date or if it was numbered. I was Spaatz Award #137 and received the Falcon Award shortly after that. Paul Doto Jr.

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        Mike Hower - Aug 22, 2014


        Thanks for the info. I’ve added you to the master list, and your name will appear on the website with the next update.


        • Paul Doto Jr - May 03, 2015

          Mike – I have recently moved and found new info on my Falcon Award. I was #83 issued in 1971, NJ Wing.

        • Thomas G. Shedd - Oct 21, 2015

          Mike, I received the Falcon Award on May 21, 1979. I am number 508 for the Spaatz Award. I can send you a photo of the Falcon Award. Thomas G. Shedd

    30. R Lubynsky - Sep 18, 2014


      My Falcon award would have been dated sometime in 1976. It is in a box in storage – sometime I will dig it out.

      Roman Lubynsky

    31. Maureen Donlan Butler, LCSW - Sep 19, 2014

      Hello, I am Maureen Donlan (Butler) and Spaatz #119. I got a numbered Falcon but cannot remember the number. If I find it I will tell you. Is there still a Cadet of the Year? I received the second one, first female in 1970. Got the Air Force Association Outstanding Civil Air Patrol Cadet trophy in 1970.

      Gen, Claire Chennault’s widow, Anna attended the ceremonies in Washington, D.C. for these awards. We had named our squadron Chennault and we had several Spaatz: O’Quin, Johnston, and my brother, Craig Donlan.

      Thanks for sending me the postcard to remind me to visit.

    32. Awilda I Rivera - Jan 31, 2015

      Hi Mike.
      I received the Falcon Award in 1979. I’m Spaatz Recipient #462, Col, US Army (Ret). Received the award when I was at the Clara E Livingston Cadet Squadron, PR Wing, from Nancy Melendez Spaatz Recipient # 297. I’ll look for the award certificate for the the number.Thank you for keeping tract of CAP history. Awilda I Rivera

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