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Civil Air Patrol cadet receives highest cadet honor

Governor Bevin presenting Spaatz award to Cadet Col Hebert

Governor Bevin and Cadet Col Hebert with the Spaatz award (Photographer: Heidi Rice)

Oct 19, 2018
Civil Air Patrol prestigious Spaatz award presented by Governor Bevin


On Friday, October 19th , 2018, Governor Matt Bevin presented Cadet Ryan Hebert with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) highest cadet honor.  The sixteen-year-old, Cadet Hebert, is from the Walltown area of Casey County.  He is affiliated with the Danville Stuart Powell Civil Air Patrol Squadron. This award is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

The recipient, Cadet Col Hebert, says, “My journey through CAP has taken me places I never dreamed it could and given me countless opportunities, memories, and friends. Ultimately making me the person I am today.”

Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program.  Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.

“Cadet Ryan Hebert has stood out as an exceptional person since we first met in June of 2014. Over the next four years, I have had the opportunity to observe this young man develop from a Cadet Senior Airman to Cadet Colonel. Serving with him and mentoring through him at Encampments, NCSA’s, Legislative Day, Region Cadet Leadership School and multiple wing level activities have been a true blessing. Some cadets live the CAP Core Values… this cadet exemplifies those values as his baseline of success.” States SMSgt Cory Felts, Director of Cadet Programs for Civil Air Patrol.

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. This is the highest level a cadet can attain.

On average, only five cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award.  Since the award’s inception in 1964, Civil Air Patrol has presented the Spaatz Award to only 2,201 cadets nation-wide (as of September 2018).  In the commonwealth of Kentucky, Ryan is the 20th cadet to have achieved this impressive award.

About General Spaatz:

Carl “Tooey” Spaatz was the first to serve as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with a crew that included Ira C. Eaker, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign in both areas, Europe and the Pacific. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board. Civil Air Patrol has named this prestigious award after this extraordinary person.

About Kentucky Wing:

Kentucky Wing has 17 squadrons throughout the state. Headquartered in Frankfort, KY, the Kentucky Wing has three missions – Aerospace, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs. As of Oct 19, 2018, Kentucky Wing has 306 cadets and 430 adult members, and nine aircraft.

About Civil Air Patrol:

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental

U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

CONTACT: Capt Ilse House – 606-271-2092 –

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Cadet receives Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet award


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Governor Bevin presents Cadet Col Hebert with the Spaatz award (Photographer: Heidi Rice)

Kentucky Wing Staff with Governor and Cadet Col Hebert

Left to right: Capt House (Wing PAO), MSgt Ken Hayden (Wing Communications Supply Officer) , Col Darrell Williamson (Kentucky Wing Commander), Lt Col Harrod (Wing Group IV Commander), Cadet Col Ryan Hebert (Wing Cadet Commander), Governor Matt Bevin, Major Keith Clapp (Chief of Operations), SMSgt Cory Felts (Wing Command NCO and Superintendent of Cadet Programs), 2d Lt Karrina York (Wing Government Relations Adviser), 1st Lt Nick Birt (Commander of Stuart Powell Cadet Squadron, Danville) (Photographer: Heidi Rice)

(Hebert’s Family) Left to right: Heidi Rice (mother), Ryan Hebert, Governor Matt Bevin, Paul Hebert (father), and Page Rice (sister).

Governor Bevin presenting Spaatz award to Cadet Col Hebert

Governor Bevin and Cadet Col Hebert with the Spaatz award (Photographer: Heidi Rice)




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