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 RECIPIENTS OF MAJOR NATIONAL AWARDS 2011


CADET OF THE YEAR
C/Col Ryan K. Chapman

Recognized by the Air Force Association, the CAP Cadet of the Year must demonstrate outstanding leadership in CAP as well as academic excellence. The nominee must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award and be a current CAP member. The Cadet of the Year receives a one-year membership in AFA and a commemorative plaque.

Read about Cadet Col Ryan K. Chapman


JACK SORENSON CADET PROGRAM OFFICER
OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lt Col William F. Duke
Maryland Wing

This award recognizes the Cadet Programs Officer who has contributed most to Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs. It is named in honor of John V. “Jack” Sorenson, considered by most to be the architect of the revised Cadet Programs in practice in CAP since 1964.

Read About Lt Col William F. Duke


 

SQUADRON OF DISTINCTION
Frisco Composite Squadron
Lt Col Phyllis Sutton, Commander
Texas Wing

One Squadron of Distinction is selected for recognition at the Annual Conference Recognition Ceremony each year. The Squadron receives a $500 award sponsored by the family of Brigadier General F. Ward Reilly, former Chairman of the CAP National Board.

Read about Frisco Composite Squadron

Lake in the Hills Comp Sqdn
Nellis Composite Sqdn
Illinois Wing Nevada Wing
Great Lakes Region Pacific Region
   
Burlington Composite Sqdn Phoenix Cadet Sqdn
North Carolina Wing Utah Wing
Middle East Region Rocky Mountain Region
   
Table Rock Lake Comp Sqdn Chattanooga Comp Sqdn
Missouri Wing Tennessee Wing
North Central Region Southeast Region
   
Silver City Cadet Squadron Frisco Composite Squadron
Connecticut Wing Texas Wing
Northeast Region Southwest Region



 

CADET PROGRAMS MISSION AWARDS
This annual award recognizes the wing in each CAP region that has the most outstanding Cadet Program. The award is give to wings excelling in cadet recruitment and retention, encampment attendance, orientation flights, and in the earning of milestone awards.

Northeast: New Hampshire Wing Middle East: North Carolina Wing
Great Lakes: Indiana Wing North Central: Kansas Wing
Southeast: Georgia Wing Southwest: Texas Wing
Rocky Mountain: Colorado Wing Pacific: Washington Wing
 

SPECIAL AWARDS FOR CADETS

Cadet of the Year Award
An annual award for the most outstanding cadet at the squadron, group, wing, region, and national levels.  For details, see CAPR 39-3.

Frank G. Brewer, Sr. CAP Memorial Aerospace Award
Recognizes cadets at the wing, region, and national levels for outstanding contributions to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities. For details, see CAPP 15.

Air Force Association Award
to Outstanding CAP Cadets

An annual award for an outstanding cadet at the squadron level. AFA asks that awards be requested each January, for the preceding year.  For details and a form, see the CAP/AFA website.

Air Force Association AE Cadet of the Year Award
An annual award at the national level for a cadet's outstanding aerospace education contributions. Separate from the Brewer and Cadet of the Year awards. For details, see CAPP 15.

Air Force Sergeants' Association
Cadet NCO of the Year Award

An annual award for the most outstanding cadet non-commissioned officer at the squadron level.  For details, see CAPR 39-3.

Veterans of Foreign Wars' 
Cadet of the Year Award

An annual award for an outstanding cadet at the squadron level.  For details, see CAPR 39-3.

The Congressional Award
A multi-faceted award program recognizing young people who excel in volunteerism, personal development, fitness, and exploration.  For details, see CAPP 52-5.

President's Active Lifestyle Award
Because the primary goal of the cadet physical fitness program, to develop a lifelong habit of exercising regularly, is closely aligned with the President's Challenge, cadets may qualify for President's Challenge Awards.  For details, see President's Challenge.

The Presidential Physical Fitness Award
Because the cadet physical fitness test is aligned with the PCPFS fitness test, cadets may be eligible for awards sponsored by the President's Council.  For more information, see CAPP 52-18, page 29


AWARD FOR CADET PROGRAMS OFFICERS

John V. "Jack" Sorenson  Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award
An annual award recognizing an outstanding senior member's leadership in the Cadet Program at the wing, region, and national levels.  For details, see CAPR 52-16.

DDR Member of the Year Award
An annual award recognizing a cadet or senior member who contributed to the success of CAP's DDR program. Does not have to be a DDR officer. Submit in narra to Wing HQ by 15 January.
 


AWARDS FOR CADET UNITS

American Legion Award for
Outstanding CAP Squadrons
An annual award enabling each wing to recognize a top-performing squadron. For details, see CAPR 39-3.

Squadron of Merit
An annual award recognizing the top cadet or composite squadron in each wing. For details, see CAPR 39-3.

Squadron of Distinction
An annual award recognizing the top cadet or composite squadron at the region and national levels. For details, see CAPR 39-3.

Cadet Programs Mission Award
An annual award recognizing the wing with the most outstanding Cadet Program, as determined by the CAP region commander and CAP-USAF liaison region commander. For details, see CAPR 52-16.

Squadron Physical Fitness Award
A semi-annual award based on the overall scores of their cadets on the CPFT. For details, see CAPP 52-18.

Outstanding DDR Wing of the Year
An annual award at national level recognizing the wing with the strongest commitment to establishing a drug-free America. Wing must have a DDR Administrator assigned to be eligible. Submit on CAPF 120 to Region HQ by 15 February.

Quality Cadet Unit Award
Awarded automatically by NHQ each year, based on objective criteria. See the QCUA page for details.


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