New York Cadet Receives Spaatz at Encampment He Commands
Cadet Col. Evan Regan of the New York Wing received Civil Air Patrol’s top cadet honor this month at the encampment where he served as cadet commander.
Regan received the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award at Hancock Field National Guard Base, site of the New York Wing’s Basic Summer Leadership Encampment. Making the presentation was Maj. Gen. Denise Donnell, New York Air National Guard commander.
A CAP member since October 2018, Regan has been active in all aspects of the cadet program. He started in the Connecticut Wing’s 801st Cadet Squadron, then transferred in June 2019 to the New York Wing’s Putnam County Composite Squadron , where he served as cadet commander from 2021-2022. He also served as cadet executive officer, communications officer, and public affairs officer.
Last year he was cadet executive officer of the wing encampment.
Regan has participated in several emergency services exercises as a mission radio operator and is an evaluator for the same qualification. He has earned his communications badge, technician rating.
As a Cadet Advisory Council member at the group and wing levels for nearly three years, he focused on expanding group cooperation and multisquadron activities. He has also been active in aerospace education, leading his squadron toward qualifications in small Unmanned Aerial Systems and rocketry qualified.
He earned his pre-solo wings at the Northeast Region Glider Academy in 2021, earning his pre-solo wings. He graduated from the wing encampment in 2019 as the top cadet in his flight, and he participated in the Northeast Region Cadet Leadership School in 2021.
Regan’s CAP awards include the Cadet Recruiter Ribbon, the Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon (bronze star), the Red Service Ribbon, and the Disaster Relief Ribbon (V-device). He was recognized as the VFW Outstanding Cadet Officer of the Year for 2021.
He is a rising sophomore studying foreign policy and Russian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, attending on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship.
Less than one-half of 1% of cadets achieve the Spaatz award. Cadets qualify for the honor after an average of four years progressing through the 16 achievements in the CAP cadet program.
The award goes to those who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Lt. Col. Franklin Birt
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
New York Wing