Air Patrol Cadet receives Highest Honor from Air Force’s Highest Officials
Colonel (C/Col) Jeremy A. King has recently received the General Carl A. Spaatz
award. This is the highest achievement a cadet may reach in the Civil Air
Patrol (CAP) Cadet program. An achievement reached by less than two percent of
cadets entering the program.
award was presented during the Gala at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare
Symposium and Technology Expo in Orlando. Adding
to the prestige of the evening C/Col King received his award from General Mark Welsh
III Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James.
These are the two highest leaders within the Air Force Chain of Command. C/Col
King was also presented with highly esteemed challenge coins from both General
Welsh and Secretary James which he described as being “awesome beyond words.”
In addition, King had the opportunity to talk with General Welsh, Secretary
James and other USAF and AFA leaders. “It was the
memory of a lifetime,” he said, “and I
am so grateful to all who made it possible.”
further to the evenings honors were that fact that also present in his role as
Central Florida Air Force Association Chairman was Ken Kelly, the second ever
recipient of the Spaatz award, and Announcer for the evening Ken Goss, Spaatz award recipient number
King’s journey to this honor began in June of 2009 when he joined the Polk
County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. Here he quickly
fell into the cadet lifestyle and especially enjoyed serving with CAP at
community aviation events such as Sun’n’Fun, MacDill Airfest, and Collings
Foundation’s Wings of Freedom tours. He moved through his leadership
development and promotions as well to develop himself as a leader, serving in
many leadership roles in his squadron, group and at the wing level. On the
Emergency Services (ES) side of the house, he received training and got
qualified as a ground team member (GTM), flight line supervisor (FLS), skills
evaluator (SET) and Mission Scanner (MS) on the air crew.
becoming a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, he participated in the International Cadet
Air Exchange (IACE) program where he was selected to be a Cadet Ambassador to Israel.
Unfortunately because of world events that trip was cancelled. Not to be deterred
he served as a Cadet Ambassador for exchange cadets coming here to Florida.
is a mere snapshot of the cadet career that has culminated with this award.
King now continues to serve the Civil Air Patrol as a Senior Member in the grade of Captain.