WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Civil Air Patrol cadet officially joined the ranks of a prestigious club during a ceremony at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory on Davison Army Airfield recently. Col. William Vician, Mount Vernon Composite Squadron cadet commander, received the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award for five years of superior performance as a cadet. Receiving the Spaatz award – the highest cadet honor in Civil Air Patrol – is rare. Only two out of every 1,000 CAP cadets accomplish the feat, which requires progressing through 16 program achievements and then passing a four-part exam testing writing, fitness, aerospace, moral reasoning and leadership skills. Learn more about Vician and his latest accomplishment and read about the award ceremony, which was led by Maj. Gen. Darren McDew, the Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md., commander.