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Iowa Wing Cadet Recognized with Spaatz Award

Cadet Col. Josiah D. Stearns of the Iowa Wing’s Des Moines Composite Squadron has been recognized with the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – Civil Air Patrol’s top cadet honor, achieved by only five of every 1,000 cadets.

Stearns, who joined CAP in May 2014, is the 2,177th cadet to receive the award since its creation in 1964. He is applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy and plans on pursuing a career as a cyber operations officer in the Air Force.

He was presented his Spaatz award on Aug. 4 at the Dodge House at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

To qualify for the Spaatz, a cadet must complete a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing moral reasoning and comprehensive written exams on leadership and on aerospace education.

On the way to completing all 16 CAP cadet achievements, Stearns attended the organization’s North Central Region Cadet Leadership School in August 2016, Cyber Defense Training Academy-Maryland Campus in July 2017 and Air Force Pararescue Survival Orientation Course last month.

Photos by Allison Dicks