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Josiah P. Day Receives Civil Air Patrol Highest Cadet Award

posted Sep 5, 2017, 12:50 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:58 PM ]
MANASSAS, VA Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin presented to Cadet Colonel Josiah P. Day the highest cadet award of the Civil Air Patrol, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, in ceremonies on August 8, 2017, at the Virginia Army National Guard Armory of Manassas, Virginia. The Spaatz Award culminated C/Col. Day’s five years of dedicated efforts in the Civil Air Patrol in the Prince William Combined Squadron as he successfully competed all phases and achievements possible as a cadet.

Cadet Day is the son of Lt. Col. Tim Day and Cheryl Warner Day of Lake Ridge, VA. He graduated from Woodbridge High School in 2016 and attends Texas A&M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment. His major field of study is bio chemistry and intends to pursue a military career in the U.S. Air Force. Cadet Day is a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Air Force ROTC Detachment at Texas A&M.

Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin is the former Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, at Fort Meade, Maryland. In presenting the award, Lt. Gen. McLaughlin remarked that he felt in light of his own forthcoming retirement this was a fitting final official presentation, to be awarding such achievement to a cadet beginning his future career.

The Spaatz award is earned by fewer than one half percent of Civil Air Patrol Cadets and is
presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and
aerospace education. It requires years of effort and service including the passing of a four-part
exam with a physical fitness test testing, moral reasoning, and comprehensive exams on
leadership and aerospace education.

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Lt. Gen. McLaughlin presents C/Col. Day his Spaatz Award Certificate in the company of fellow Spaatzens, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Sydow, Vice-Commander, Virginia Wing, Spaatz #836, and her daughter, Capt. Rachel Sydow, Spaatz #2045, of Fredericksburg Composite Squadron, Virginia Wing. 

Cadet parents Lt. Col. Tim Day, Commander, and Mrs. Cheryl Day, place shoulders boards with the rank of Cadet Colonel upon C/Col. Day during the Spaatz Award Ceremony.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.