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Lt Col Al Senese

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Please review

Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons, and Certificates

CAPR 39-3

and

Awards Made Easy (Writing Guide)

CAPP 39-3

Alaska Wing Best Practices

April 2018 Memorandum


What awards are available?

* Cadet awards are highlighted in blue
 
Award Prescribed By Format Purpose Considered/Minimum Requirements
CAP Senior Member of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 23 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize the SM who has contributed most to the success of CAP Mission based on the member's life-time contributions to CAP, not just the past year. Length of membership, command svc, participation in ES, cadet prog, AE; senior training; spec track, individual awards (include cadet awards); impact on national, region, wing progs and legislative issues.
CAP Cadet of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 24 CAP Form 58 Recognize the most outstanding cadet To be eligible for this award, the cadet must have received the Amelia Earhart Award (or higher), demonstrated outstanding leadership in CAP, attained academic excellence in school, and be at least a junior in high school.
Aerospace Education Mission Awards CAPR 280-2, Para 5a(4) Wing AE Activity Rept The AE Mission Award identifies the best wing in aerospace education in each region. The AE Mission Award is based on information submitted by the wings to NHQ/AE using the Wing AE Activity Report. The contents of the activity report will be evaluated in four major AE mission areas; staffing, internal programs, external programs and AE Plan of Action (AEPOA). Details regarding the deadlines for submission of the annual Wing AE Activity Report can be found in paragraph 7 of this regulation. Additional information on the grading criteria can be found in CAPP 15, Aerospace Education Officer’s Handbook. NHQ/AE will determine the wing winner from each region based on all wings submitting reports.
Brewer Award Category I - Cadet CAPR 280-2, Para 5b(1) CAPP 15-7, Page 21 CAP Form 25 Recognize the cadet that have made outstanding contributions, out of selfless devotion, to the advancement of youth in AE activities. CAPR 280-2 3 JUNE 2014 5
Brewer Award Category II - Senior CAPR 280-2, Para 5b(1) CAPP 15-7, Page 21 CAP Form 25 Recognize the SM that have made outstanding contributions, out of selfless devotion, to the advancement of youth in AE activities.  
Brewer Award Category III - Individual or Organization CAPR 280-2, Para 5b(1) CAPP 15-7, Page 21 CAP Form 25 Non-CAP Individual or Organization Recognition is for contributions
made out of selfless devotion.
programs, external programs and AE Plan of Action (AEPOA). Details regarding the deadlines for submission of the annual Wing AE Activity Report can be found in paragraph 7 of this regulation. Additional information on the grading criteria can be found in CAPP 15, Aerospace Education Officer’s Handbook. NHQ/AE will determine the wing winner from each region based on all wings submitting reports.
Brewer Award Category IV - Lifetime Achievement CAPR 280-2, Para 5b(1) CAPP 15-7, Page 22 CAP Form 25 Recognize CAP member for lifetime achievement out of selfless devotion. Nomination should be for a period of more than twenty years. AE achievement or activity should be consequential and noteworthy.
Director of Finance of the Year NOMINATED BY WING COMMANDER CAPR 39-3 Para 25 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the Wing Director of Finance who has contributed the most to the financial management program during the previous twelve months. NOMINATED BY WING COMMANDER. include the member’s length of service, specialty track accomplishments and should detail the member’s innovative procedures, superior initiative and exemplary contributions that distinguish the member as an outstanding financial manager. The review boards will also consider the wing Financial Assessment Matrix ratings, WFA reports and timeliness of year end reports.
Maj Gen Jeanne M. Holm AE Officer of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 29; CAPP 15-7, page 19: CAPR 280-2 CAPF 129 recognize any CAP member who is dedicated to promoting and teaching aerospace to the members of CAP and to spreading the excitement of aerospace to their communities Any Aerospace Education Officer (AEO) in the Squadron, Group, Wing or Region is eligible. Eligible nominees must be nominated by a professional or personal reference.
CAP Aerospace Ed Teacher of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 28 CAPP 15-7, page 20; CAPR 280-2 CAPF 128 Recognize outstanding performance in the classroom by CAP members who are certified classroom teachers from kindergarten through twelfth from any public, private or parochial school. Any AE Member or SM. Eligible teachers may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
Professional Development Officer of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 34 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes a member who is currently assigned as a Professional Development Officer and whose life-time contribution to the Professional Development Program has had the greatest positive impact on the professional development of CAP members. Narrative should extoll their administrative efficiencies but the breath, depth and duration of their positive impact on the professional development of CAP members through; innovation, mentoring; instructing, staffing and leading courses; development of programs, curriculum and educational materials used in the Professional Development Program.
John V. Sorenson Cadet Program Officer of the Year CAPR 52-16, Para 6-4 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the cadet programs officer who has contributed most to the CAP cadet program during the previous year. Adult leaders who work directly with cadets at the unit level (Cadet Programs Officers) or serve on the Cadet Programs staff at a higher echelon as defined in CAPR 20-1, are eligible for this award. Any CAP member may nominate an eligible member for the award. Must describe why the individual is deserving of the award
Drug Demand Reduction Member of the Year Award CAPR 39-3, Para 33 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the senior or cadet member who has contributed the most in unique and innovative ways to the success of CAP’s Drug Demand Reduction program Include a description the member’s accomplishments including statement showing the actions taken, results obtained and the impact the member has accomplished in education, training and reaching out to the community in innovative ways to achieve the Civil Air Patrol’s DDR mission goals and vision for a drug free world. Members nominated should show the ability to implement and integrate the DDR program into all unit activities as shown in CAPP 228.
Col Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Incident Staff Member of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 26 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize active cadet or senior members who have contributed significantly to the success of CAP’s emergency services and operational mission on the incident staff level. The selection is based on the member’s life-time contributions to CAP, not just the member’s accomplishments during the year of nomination, but nominations should focus on recent participation and current benefits. Be sure the nomination includes the following information: emergency services and operations qualifications and participation, impact on region/wing emergency services and operations programs and missions, and impact on national emergency services and operations programs and missions. Emphasis must be placed on incident staff contributions, but do not need to focus on incident commanders and other mission management. This award is meant to recognize and reward incident staff members at all levels for their contributions to mission success. Though the award criteria generally focuses on an individual earning this award, a group of people can be nominated in one package for recognition with this award as well.
Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 27 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize active ground teams, urban direction finding teams or other ground operations resources that may be developed in the future from throughout CAP who have contributed significantly to the success of CAP’s emergency services and operational mission Based on the team’s overall contributions to CAP, not just the accomplishments during the year of nomination, but nominations should focus on recent participation and current benefits. Includes ES qualifications and participation of all team members, impact on region/wing emergency services and operations programs and missions, and impact on national emergency services and operations programs and missions. Emphasis must be placed on team’s contributions to ground operations, but does not need to focus on specific members. This award is meant to recognize and reward teams conducting ground operations at all levels for their contributions to mission success. Though the award criteria generally focuses on a team earning this award, individuals can also be nominated for recognition with this award as well.
Col Lester Hopper Historian of the Year CAPR 210-1, Para 9 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize the Wing historian judged to have produced the best history covering the preceding calendar year NOMINATED BY WING COMMANDER. Include the name of the individual, designation of the history prepared by that individual, and pertinent facts relating to the individual's nomination. minimum criteria for selection shall be the submission of an annual Wing History for the preceding year. Submitted histories will be judged on how successfully they meet the standards in paragraph 6a and guidance provided by the Handbook for CAP Historians. Greater value is given to content and coverage than to matters relating to format, cover, photographs, typing, etc.
Col Robert V. Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year CAPR 190-1, Para 14a CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the PAO who epitomizes the Public Affairs program of CAP. PAO at any level who provides outstanding and exemplary support for the Cadet, AE and ES programs and has a Public Affairs plan that greatly enhances the perceived value of CAP to the community.
Communicator of the Year CAPR 100-1, Para 4-8 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize a current member who has made a significant contribution to the CAP Communications Program as a whole. Based on member's lifetime contributions to the CAP Communications Program, not just the year of nomination.
Safety Officer of the Year CAPR 62-1, Para 8b Narrative or CAPF 120 Recognizes safety officer who has contributed most to the CAP safety program. No specific requirements.
Paul W. Turner Safety Award Submitted by wing headquarters to PCR CAPR 62-1, Para 8a CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the CAP wing with the most outstanding safety program and safety record. Factors to address are Safety program and its implementation, Public Affairs support of the safety program, safety officer manning, hazards faced by the wing that were successfully mitigated. outstanding facts and comments on mission accomplishment.
George Texido Legislative Officer of the Year NOMINATED BY WING COMMANDER CAPR 39-3, Para 30 CAPF 120 with justification Recognize the outstanding Legislative/ Government Relations Officer at the wing or region level that has contributed the most to the success of Civil Air Patrol through his/her legislative efforts Based on the individuals efforts to recruit Congressional and State Legislative Squadron members; obtain state funding or assistance for the wing or region; as well as their overall contributions to Civil air Patrol.
Inspector General of the Year NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO AND REMAIN WITHIN INSPECTOR GENERAL CHANNELS. CAPR 39-3, Para 32 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the Inspector General who has made significant contributions to the CAP Inspector General program. Consider lifetime contributions to the CAP Inspector General program, not just the year of nomination. Any CAP member may nominate an eligible Inspector General for the award. Nominations should describe why the individual is deserving of the award
Norm Edwards Counterdrug Officer of the Year Award CAPR 39-3, Para 31 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes a member’s lifetime contribution to the CAP Counterdrug Program. Counterdrug officers at all levels of CAP may be nominated for the award. Highlighting the achievements and service record of the member, with particular emphasis on their service in the Counterdrug Program. must have completed at least one year of service as an Inspector General at any level (wing, region or national); the National Inspector General College and hold a Senior or Master rating in the Inspector General Specialty Track
Senior Chaplain of the Year CAPR 265-1, Para 11a CAPF 120 with justification Awarded for outstanding leadership ministry at region, wing and group levels. Must be a major, have been a CAP chaplain for a minimum of 5 years and completed Level IV of the senior member professional development program. Include at least a one-page narrative justification for the award
Squadron Chaplain of the Year CAPR 265-1, Para 11b CAPF 120 with justification Awarded for outstanding chaplain ministry at the squadron level. Must have served at least three years as chaplain with completion of Level II of the senior member professional development program. All nominations will include a one-page narrative justification.
Character Development Instructor (Officer) of the Year CAPR 265-1, Para 11c CAPF 120 with justification Awarded will be presented to a CDI who is enrolled in the 225 Specialty Track and has demonstrated the highest level of excellence in character development for cadets. This award will be presented to a CDI who is enrolled in the designated 225 Specialty Track and has demonstrated the highest level of excellence in character development for cadets
Property Manager (Management) of the Year CAPR 174-1, Para 1-7a CAPF 120 with justification Awarded to the property management officer (logistics, supply, transportation or communications officer) who has contributed most to the CAP property management program. Officers from all levels of the organization are eligible for this award.
Drug Demand Reduction Program (Wing) of the Year CAPR 52-22 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the wing demonstrating the strongest commitment to establishing a drug-free America. SUBMITTED BY WING COMMANDER Wings that have a Wing Cadet DDR Prog Officer assigned are eligible to compete for this award. Nominations will describe the wing’s accomplishments, based on the End of Year report in .
Squadron of Merit CAPR 39-3, para 39 CAPF 120 with justification Recognized top composite or cadet Squadron in each wing for distinctive accomplishment in the cadet prog during the preceding calendar year. Explaining what unit had done that distinguishes it from all others. Include actions, results and impact the unit has had in the community or within CAP. Min of 12 cadets at beginning of year; growth rate reflected by recruiting & retention prog; cadet achievement (Mitchell, Earhart, Phase IV & Spaatz; first-time encampment attendance and orientation flight participation.
CAP Squadron of Distinction CAPR 39-3, para 38 CAPF 120 with justification Recognized top composite or cadet Squadron in each region for distinctive accomplishment in the cadet prog during the preceding calendar year. Same as Squadron of Merit
F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award CAPR 39-3, para 40   Recognizes the individual leadership of the squadron commander of the CAP Squadron of Distinction. Commander of the Squadron of Distinction,
Air Force Association (AFA) Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year CAPP 15-7, page 23 Form on page 44, CAPP 15-7 Recognizes a cadet for outstanding AE contributions by promoting AE within CAP and the local community Selection will be based on significant accomplishments
during the past year, in both CAP and the community
American Legion Award to Outstanding CAP Squadrons Wing submits selection to National Security-Foreign Relations Division The American Legion 1608 K Street, NW Washington DC 20006 CAPR 39-3, para 41 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the outstanding CAP squadron in each wing. No criteria is established. Any type of squadron may be selected. May be for noteworthy achievement such as outstanding support of an emergency services mission or sustained superior performance such as the unit with the highest number of cadet achievements, activities or awards during the year.
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Outstanding National Cadet NCO of the Year CAPR 39-3, Para 35 CAPF 58 Awarded to the cadet noncommissioned officer who exhibits outstanding qualities in the areas of followership, leadership, self discipline and aerospace education. The cadet must (1) have earned the Wright Brothers Award, but not yet earned the General Billy Mitchell Award; (2) Completed at least one encampment as a participant; (3) Demonstrated by their actions an outstanding level of followership, leadership, self discipline as well as personally advancing their aerospace knowledge and assisting other members in their unit.
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Award to Outstanding Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year Squadron Commanders will forward their selection directly to: Air Force Sergeants Association Member & Field Services 5211 Auth Road Suitland, MD 20757 CAPR 39-3, para 43 Letter Recognizes the outstanding CAP cadet NCO in each squadron. Squadron commanders selection will be made not later than 15 April annually No criteria is established. Nomination will include a summary of the cadet's accomplishments. The complete mailing address and telephone number of the unit commanders will be provided for the convenience of the local AFSA officials in contacting the CAP squadron concerned.
Air Force Association (AFA) to Outstanding CAP Cadet Squadron Commanders will forward their selection directly to: Force Association Headquarters 1501 Lee Highway Arlington VA 22209-1198 CAPR 39-3, para 42 Letter Recognizes the outstanding CAP cadet in each squadron. Squadron commanders selection will be made not later than 15 January annually. No criteria is established. The award may go to any cadet, at any level of achievement in the CAP Cadet Prog. Nomination will include a summary of the cadet's accomplishments. The complete mailing address and telephone number of the unit commanders will be provided for the convenience of the local AFSA officials in contacting the CAP squadron concerned.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for Cadet NCO Squadron Commanders will forward their selection directly to: Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept of Youth Development, Scholarship and Recognition Programs 406 West 34th Street Kansas City MO 64111 CAPR 39-3, para 44 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the outstanding CAP cadet NCO in each squadron. Squadron commanders selection will be made not later than 15 April annually Eligibility criteria (1) Be in good standing academically;          (2) Progressing satisfactorily in the CAP Cadet Prog ;             (3) Demonstrate outstanding leadership in CAP;                     (4) Be of high moral character ;                                                  (5) Display outstanding military bearing & conduct both in and out of uniform;                                                                       (6) Patriotism (CC or member of color guard, drill team, etc.) & actively promote Americanism;                                               (7) Demonstrate growth potential (assumes higher levels of responsibility);                                                                                (8) Must not have been previous recipient of the award.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for Cadet Officer Squadron Commanders will forward their selection directly to: Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept of Youth Development, Scholarship and Recognition Programs 406 West 34th Street Kansas City MO 64111 CAPR 39-3, para 44 CAPF 120 with justification Recognizes the outstanding CAP cadet officer in each squadron. Squadron commanders selection will be made not later than 15 April annually Eligibility criteria (1) Be in good standing academically;                                                                                   (2) Progressing satisfactorily in the CAP Cadet Prog ;                  (3) Demonstrate outstanding leadership in CAP;                      (4) Be of high moral character ;                                                  (5) Demonstrate a high level of professionalism in appearance and action;                                                                (6) Patriotism (CC or member of color guard, drill team, etc.) & actively promote Americanism;                                              (7) Demonstrate growth potential (assumes higher levels of responsibility);                                                                                (8) Demonstrate outstanding achievement in community service and the Aerospace and Leadership portions of the cadet prog:                                                                                       (9) Must not have been previous recipient of the award.

 

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