In a special awards banquet held March 22 at the Community Activity Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, local Civil Air Patrol cadets Megan Beatty of Austintown and Aubry Lindauer of McDonald received the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and promotion to cadet colonel from U.S. Air Force Major General Keith D. Kries and Civil Air Patrol National Commander Major General L. Charles Carr, Jr.
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol's highest cadet honor and is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Cadets qualify for this award after devoting an average of five years to progress through 16 achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. On average, only two out of 1,000 cadets earn the award.
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Posing after the presentation of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station are Civil Air Patrol National Commander Major General Charles Carr Jr, Cadet Colonel Megan Beatty of Austintown, Cadet Colonel Aubry Lindauer of McDonald and United States Air Force Major General
Cadet Colonel Beatty joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2010 and has served in many roles within the organization, including being a three-time member of the squadron's nationally-ranked drill team and CyberPatriot team and currently serves as the cadet commander for the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron.
''I am very honored to earn the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and am so thankful for the amazing people that helped guide me along the way and never let me give up on any of my goals,'' Beatty said.
Cadet Colonel Lindauer joined Civil Air Patrol in October 2009 and has also been a 4-time member of the squadron's nationally-ranked drill team as well as the former cadet commander of the squadron. Lindauer was also recently named the Civil Air Patrol, Ohio Wing Cadet of the Year.
''It takes a lot of determination and hard work to keep yourself on the path to achieving the Spaatz. It seems like such a lofty goal in the beginning, and it is. But with some motivation and a plan to continuously push yourself to accomplish the goals you set along the way, it's completely possible to earn the Spaatz. The only thing that can hinder you in the process is doubt,'' Lindauer said.
Major General Keith D. Kries is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE. General Kries is also a former Civil Air Patrol Cadet who also earned the Spaatz Award.
Major General Charles L. Carr, Jr., is the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol and is a retired United States Air Force senior non-commissioned officer. General Carr is an Ohio native and is responsible for the leadership of the all-volunteer 61,000 members of the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force.