Squadron cadet receives Spaatz Award | TheUnion.com

Squadron cadet receives Spaatz Award

Cadet Col . Anthony Cummins with parents Alan and Carrie Cummins attaching his Cadet Colonel rank pins to his uniform.
Submitted by Brandy Ahearn |

On June 11, Cadet Col. Anthony Cummins of Grass Valley achieved the highest award available to Civil Air Patrol cadets, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Less than one percent of cadets in the Civil Air Patrol program have achieved the award, with Cummins being the 1,950th cadet to receive the award since 1963.

He is the first cadet in the history of the Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron to achieve this award.

In order to achieve the Spaatz Award, Cummins had to complete a four-part examination which included a comprehensive leadership and aerospace education written test, a physical fitness test, and a timed essay on moral leadership. The testing process is rigorous.

Cummins was officially promoted to Cadet Colonel in a special ceremony at the squadron in Auburn June 25.

Maj. Scott Jewell presented him to the group. Cummins’ parents, Alan and Carrie Cummins, had the honor of pinning the new rank on their son at the presentation. Many family members and friends, as well as the other cadets and senior members were in attendance.

Cummins joined CAP in 2010 and has progressively been promoted through the ranks during the past four years. In addition to his promotions, he has had 10 orientation flights, has attended Encampment three times, and has been present at numerous conferences around the nation.

This year, he served as the 130th CTS Commander at the California Wing Encampment. He has also served as the Cadet Commander at the Model Aircraft and Remote Control (MARC) National cadet special activity in Oshkosh, Wis. He plans to attend again this year in Dublin, Calif.

He leads his fellow cadets at the Auburn Squadron by setting an example of the Cadet Core Values: “Integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect.”

Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Cummins is a high school graduate currently attending Sierra College in Grass Valley. He is pursuing an Associates of Science degree in business administration and has plans to transfer to the University of California, Berkeley’s HAAS School of Business to complete his education with a Bachelor’s of Science in business management.

He is active in his church and continues his volunteerism there. In the last six years, he has been part of the church’s AWANA program as a volunteer leader working with preschoolers and also as volunteer security.

During his senior year of high school, he was awarded the Citation Award through AWANA which is the highest award to be offered.

The Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron, its cadet and senior members, the California Wing, and all of the Civil Air Patrol organization, are proud of Cadet Colonel Anthony Cummins. His accomplishments are an inspiration to others and he has shown that it is not impossible to achieve greatness when you have dreams and push to reach them.

Col. Jon Stokes, CAP Commander, California Wing, and Cadet Col.Anthony Cummins contributed to this story.

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