Cadet earns highest CAP honor

Maj. Gen. Darren W. McDew presents the General Carl A. Spaatz Award to C/Col William "Billy" Vician at a ceremony on June 7, 2012. Photo by 2d Lt Kevin Geiss.

Maj. Gen. Darren W. McDew, commander of the Air Force District of Washington, presented to Cadet Colonel William “Billy” Vician the General Carl A. Spaatz Award on June 7 during a ceremony at Davison Army Airfield, Ft. Belvoir, Va. More than fifty CAP cadets, volunteer officers, friends and family were on hand to share this exciting event with C/Col Vician.

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is CAP’s highest cadet honor. It 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. As the final step a cadet must complete 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.

C/Col Vician is the current cadet commander for the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron located at Davison. C/Col Vician is the first cadet of the National Capital Wing to earn the award since 2008. Fewer than 2,000 cadets have earned the Award since its inception in 1964. C/Col Vician is number 1830.

C/Col Vician also received a coin from The Spaatz Association to commemorate the award. The Spaatz Association is a non-profit organization for cadet recipients of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. Lt Col J.D. Ellis, Director of Cadet Programs for National Capital Wing, presentated on behalf of the association.



For more information on the Civil Air Patrol’s Spaatz award click here.

For more information on The Spaatz Association click here.