Mara Kramer was recently honored with the Spaatz Award.
Senior Mara Kramer earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest Cadet honor in Civil Air Patrol (CAP). It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. Only one-half percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets have attained the Spaatz award.
Kramer was recognized at a regional conference in Charlottesville earlier this month and will be recognized by her squadron next month. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the USAF and its three missions are emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education.
Kramer has volunteered over 800 hours of service both in CAP and the local community. She had an orientation flight in a CAP glider at age 12, and by 15 she had achieved her FAA glider solo rating. An intensive summer class led to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle solo certificate. She completed Cadet Officer School at Maxwell AFB, where she was introduced to the psychology of leadership, problem solving techniques, effective writing, speaking, and group dynamics.
During strenuous military basic-training style events lasting 7-9 days and nights at Ft. Pickett, Kramer has been responsible for the training, well-being and conduct of 40-60 cadets, most of whom are away from home for the first time in their lives. Her training squadron received awards for superior performance.