The General Ira C. Eaker Award denotes successful completion of the sixteen achievements of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program in existence since 1964.
This award honors the late Air Force General Ira C. Eaker, aviation pioneer, career military officer, and one of the chief architects and visionaries of the U.S. Air Force.
Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has a three-fold mission: aerospace education of the American people, emergency services and disaster relief for those in distress, and the cadet program. The cadet program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12-20 years of age. With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state, and local levels and the U.S. Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.
This structured program is divided into 16 segments called achievements, involving study and performance in the five program areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships. Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade.
The General Ira C. Eaker Award is the fourth milestone in the Cadet Program. This award is earned for completion of all sixteen achievements. Additionally, the cadet must graduate from the national level Cadet Officer School, a Region Cadet Leadership School, or complete the AFIADL 13 test to be eligible for this award. Approximately 100 cadets each year complete Phase IV and will receive the Eaker Award.
In recognizing the accomplishments of cadets who receive the Eaker Award, CAP recommends that it be presented by a CAP Region Commander or higher, or a state or federal government elected official. Once the Eaker Award is earned, the cadet is promoted to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and is then eligible to test for the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest honor attainable in the Cadet Program.
THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE GENERAL IRA C. EAKER AWARD TO DATE.