Omaha, NE. Cadet Garrett Frazell of Omaha Nebraska has been awarded CAP’s highest Cadet Honor; the General Carl A Spaatz Award.
Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through
sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.
Cadet Frazell, a member for almost six years, has availed himself of many of the opportunities afforded him by CAP. He previously was selected to attend the USAF sponsored Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course and the prestigious National Powered Flight Academy. Frazell is beginning his senior year at Millard West High School. After Graduation he intends to attend Embry Riddle University to study Aerospace engineering and pursue a career a career as an Air Force Pilot. Frazell is the son of Rick & Brenda Frazell also of Omaha.
Cadet Frazell receivedhis Spaatz Award and promoted to Cadet Colonel on Friday 27 July 2012. The Award was presented by 2nd District Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry. Congressman Terry congratulated Cadet Colonel Garrett Frazell who joins an elite group of fewer than 1900 young men and women that have earned the award since its inception in 1964. Representative Terry stated that THE GENERAL CARL A. SPAATZ AWARD is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education”.
Also attending the award ceremony were Robert Todd, North Central Region Commander, Col David Plum,Nebraska Wing Commander and Major Tom Pflug,Omaha Composite Squadron Commander; Frazell’s home unit. Col Plum stated: Cadet Frazell joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program on his 12th Birthday. He has progressed through the Cadet Training Program in five and one half years to achieve the highest award in the program. Cadet Colonel Frazell joins only 21 other Nebraska Cadets who have earned the Spaatz Award since its inception.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.