Tennessee Cadet Attains Spaatz Award
Cadet Col. Phillip Moshenskiy of the Tennessee Wing’s Cleveland Composite Squadron has been recognized with the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest achievement a Civil Air Patrol cadet can attain.
Attaining the Spaatz award requires completion of 16 achievements in CAP’s cadet program. The final step includes a physical fitness test, an essay exam testing moral reasoning, and comprehensive written exams on leadership and aerospace education.
Less than one-half of 1% of all cadets achieve the Spaatz award, which includes promotion to the highest cadet rank – cadet colonel.
“As a young cadet, I would look at the super chart and dream of becoming a cadet colonel, and every day I would work toward that goal,” said Moshenskiy, who joined CAP in May 2016. “I wasn’t baby-fed, nor was I given easy tasks.
“I became who I am today because I realized that I needed to get it together or I would not achieve my dream,” he said.
“I had no doubt this young man would be successful in this accomplishment,” said 1st Lt. Debbie Jones, commander of the Cleveland squadron. “He has a determination to succeed. I have seen him grow and advance in our program, becoming a leader and mentor for other cadet members.
“Phillip is an outstanding youth and is maturing into an outstanding member in the community and represents Civil Air Patrol well,” Jones said.
The award is named in honor of Gen. Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.