Cadet Col. Garrett Frazell holds his Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, flanked by U.S. Rep. Lee Terry and Col. David Plum, Nebraska Wing commander.
Lt. Col. Dave Halperin
Public Affairs Officer
NEBRASKA – Cadet Col. Garrett Frazell of the Omaha Composite Squadron has been recognized with CAP’s highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, achieved by less than one-half of 1 percent of all cadets.
Frazell, who joined CAP when he turned 12 in September 2006, received his Spaatz award Friday from U.S. Rep. Lee Terry.
He previously was selected to attend CAP’s U.S. Air Force-sponsored Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course and the prestigious National Powered Flight Academy. The cadet, who is beginning his senior year at Millard West High School, plans to attend Embry Riddle University to study aerospace engineering and pursue a career a career as an Air Force pilot.
Also attending the award ceremony were Cols. Robert Todd, North Central Region commander, and David Plum, Nebraska Wing commander, along with Maj. Tom Pflug, commander of the Omaha Composite Squadron
Frazell is the 22nd Nebraska Wing cadet and 1,846th cadet overall to receive the Spaatz award since its inception in late 1964. Cadets qualify for the award after devoting an average of five years to progress through 16 achievements in the cadet program.
The final step a cadet must complete to earn the award is 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.