Civil Air Patrol

Brigadier General McCoy presents CAP’s highest cadet award to La Crosse Cadet

Brigadier General John McCoy (left) presents the Spaatz Award to Cadet Colonel Michael Ebert, CAP's highest cadet award, along with Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, Wisconsin Wing vice-commander.

Photo by Maj. Todd Mandel – Brigadier General John McCoy (left) presents the Spaatz Award, CAP’s highest cadet award, to Cadet Colonel Michael Ebert, along with Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, Wisconsin Wing vice-commander.

La Crosse, Wis. – Chief of Staff (Air) for the Wisconsin National Guard, Brigadier General John McCoy, recently visited the La Crosse Civil Air Patrol facility to present the Spaatz Award, the highest CAP cadet award, to Cadet Colonel Michael Ebert.  Joining General McCoy in presenting the award was Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, the Wisconsin Wing vice commander.

The award, named for the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, represents the culmination of Ebert’s Civil Air Patrol cadet career.  Less than one in every 200 CAP cadets reach this level which is a testament to the extensive knowledge and ability a cadet must possess to earn the coveted Spaatz Award.  Ebert’s accomplishment marks the first time a cadet has earned the award in the La Crosse Composite Squadron’s history.

While the Spaatz Award marks the culmination of Ebert’s CAP cadet career, he is only just embarking on the next phase of his life.  He will report in late June to begin his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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