Cadet Colonel Viviana Angelini joined Civil Air Patrol on her 12th birthday. In less than five years, she has gone from basic cadet to the Spaatz. At the Florida Wing Conference Banquet Cadet Col Angelini was presented with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is the highest cadet honor in Civil Air Patrol, by General Joseph Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol National Commander.
This award is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel. The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl A Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
During her cadet career, Cadet Col Angelini she has been awarded the Southeast Region Cadet of the Year, Phase II and is a member of the Florida Wing Honor Society with Distinction. She has attended Hawk Mountain Ranger School and holds Emergency Services Ratings for Ground Team 1 Member and Urban Direction Finding. This summer, she was selected as a Flight Commander for the National Blue Beret at Osh Kosh.
Her leadership experience within Civil Air Patrol include Cadet Commander at Clearwater Composite Squadron, Vice-Chair of the Group 3 Cadet Advisory Council, Team Coordinator at Hawk Mountain Ranger School, and Cadet Deputy Commander at AirFest held at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Col Angelini excels in academics, graduating from high school with over 65 college credits earned through dual enrollment at St. Petersburg College. With a 4.42 grade point average, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In the fall, Cadet Col Angelini will begin classes at the University of Maryland where she was selected as a Sondheim Scholar for Public Policy.
Cadet Col Angelini has also served as a Fire Cadet with the North Pinellas Post 969, performs with the Tampa Bay Ballet, and plays piano with the Pinellas Youth Symphony and at assisted living facilities as a volunteer. During the month of May this year, Cadet Col Angelini is working as an intern for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, who is a Civil Air Patrol Legislative Member.
Cadet Colonel Angelini is an exemplary Civil Air Patrol cadet with her achievements in CAP, in her community, in her educational endeavors, and with her overall dedication to excellence. She plans to continue her CAP cadet career by joining a squadron near the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and will apply to participate in the International Cadet Exchange Program.
Congratulations to Cadet Colonel Viviana Angelini!