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Martinsburg Squadron Cadet completes requirements to earn Spaatz Award

Cadet Worley
 -- Cadet Col. Nathan Worley of Civil Air Patrol's West Virginia Wing has earned the Gen. Carl Spaatz Award, the top honor in the CAP cadet program.

Worley joined Civil Air Patrol in 2010 and has served in numerous positions at his home squadron, Martinsburg Composite Squadron. He attended encampments in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Worley attended the Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course (PJOC) in 2013 as well as Cadet Officer School that same year, where he was named a distinguished graduate. 

In 2014, Worley was named the West Virginia Wing's Cadet of the Year. The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.

On average only two cadets in 1,000 earn the award, with Worley being the 1,983rd cadet to do so since the award's inception in 1964. Cadets who earn the coveted Spaatz Award are promoted the grade of Cadet Colonel.

Worley is a full-time student at West Virginia University, and balances his school work with his CAP service.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.