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ability to lead and persuade, and thefoundation necessary for pursuing acareer in aviation, space, or technology.The final step a cadet must complete toearn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four‐part exam consisting of a challengingphysical fitness test, an essay examtesting their moral reasoning, acomprehensive written exam onleadership, and a comprehensive writtenexam on aerospace education. Uponpassing the Spaatz Award exams, thecadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of thegiants in the history of airpower, in 1929Spaatz, together with another pilot, set animportant flight endurance record of 150hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, hecommanded the Allied air campaignagainst the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater,the atomic bombing of Hiroshima andNagasaki took place under his command.After retiring from the Air Force, GeneralSpaatz served as the first chairman of theCivil Air Patrol National Board.On average, only two cadets in onethousand earn the Spaatz Award. Sincethe award’s inception in 1964, Civil AirPatrol has presented the Spaatz Award tojust over 1,500 cadets.Spaatz Cadets are expected to serve asrole models for junior cadets, and becomeleaders in their communities as theyenter adulthood. The first recipient of theSpaatz Award, Michigan’s Douglas C.Roach, became a pilot with the Air ForceThunderbirds.Cadet Colonel Erinn Scott attends the USAir Force Academy and is completing hersecond year as a cadet. She graduatedwith honors from Hoover High. She is thedaughter of Tim and Pam Scott of Hoover,Alabama.