Former Civil Air Patrol Spaatz Cadet Now a C-21 Pilot
Saturday, May 12, 2018

By C/2Lt Jake Dyhrberg and C/CMSgt Destiny Buschena, St Petersburg Cadet Squadron, Hernando Composite Squadron

MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL -

The 1,380th Civil Air Patrol cadet to earn the Carl A. Spaatz award is Lieutenant Colonel Royce Lippert. He currently flies a C-21 for the US Air Force in service of transporting very important personnel such as 4-star generals, major commanders, and senior VIPís. Lippert joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet when he was 13, in 1993, and became a member of the Colorado wing. Just 3 years later, he soloed with an instructor he knew through Civil Air Patrol, and his aviation career began. He managed to acquire his private pilotís license when he was 20 years old while doing Air Force ROTC in college. Lippert commissioned in 2002, and went straight into pilot training. After flying a C-17 for 7 years, he gratefully enjoyed training new pilots as a T-6 instructor. His current duty lies as the Operations Officer for the 457th airlift squadron at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. He mentions that Civil Air Patrol had a strong influence on his willingness to serve, currently racked up at 16 years. During this weekend at MacDillís Airfest, he stands next to a C-21 and answers questions any spectators have about his aircraft.

Lt. Col. Royce Lippert, Air Force Pilot & CAP Spaatz Cadet
Photo Caption:  Lt. Col. Royce Lippert, Air Force Pilot & CAP Spaatz Cadet
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Reviewed by: 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr.
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 6, Group 7
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