Local Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive Top Award from Generals

Post date: Apr 1, 2014 4:33:10 PM

In a special awards banquet on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Community Activity Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, local Civil Air Patrol cadets Megan Beatty and Auby Lindauer received the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and promotion to Cadet Colonel from United States 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 prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self­discipline, 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. On average, only 2 out of 1,000 cadets earn the award.

Cadet Colonel Beatty joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2010 and has served in many roles within the organization, including being a 3­time 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," remarked Beatty.

Cadet Colonel Lindauer joined Civil Air Patrol in October 2009 and has also been a 4­time member of the squadron’s nationally­ranked 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,” remarked Lindauer.

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 earned the Spaatz Award himself.

Major General Charles L. Carr, Jr., is the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol and is a retired United States Air Force senior noncommissioned officer. General Carr is an Ohio native and is responsible for the leadership of the all­volunteer 61,000 members of the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force.