15:00 PM

National Commander Presents Awards to Top Air Force Academy Cadets

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol's national commander/CEO and himself an Air Force Academy graduate, presented a pair of CAP-sponsored awards to graduating cadets from the class of 2018 today at the end of the academy's academic year.

Smith presented:

  • Cadet 1st Class Ben Hook with an award recognizing  the top scholastic rating among graduating cadets who are current or former CAP members. Hook is a former cadet member of the Colorado Wing's Air Academy Cadet Squadron and he received CAP's top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in February 2014.
  • The Outstanding Cadet in Military Strategic Studies Award to Cadet 1st Class Riley Murray during the academy's Departmental Award Ceremony.

"I am proud to represent Civil Air Patrol in honoring these two fine cadets for excellence in performance here at the Air Force Academy," Smith said. "The significance of the honor they're receiving is especially meaningful to me as an Academy graduate."