Senior Earns Highest Honor from Civil Air Patrol

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.


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  • Wes Spruill
    Congratulations Maura! As a former CAP Senior Member and squadron officer, I know how difficult it is to achieve the Spaatz award. Your work and dedication will take you far in life!
  • Sarah Herguner
    Hello Maura, Congratulations on this outstanding achievement. I cannot imagine the dedication and endurance that you conjured up to accomplish this honor, while maintaining significant involvement and attention to your studies at St. Catherine's School. Wishing you continued success in further endeavors, and thank you for your service.

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