2021 National Award Winners
National Award Winners
Virginia Wing is honored to have three annual award winners from our wing this year. All three will be honored at this year’s 2021 National Virtual Conference. You may have seen the region announcement—here are some highlights of what each accomplished to earn their awards:
Lt Col Paul Willard – 2021 Civil Air Patrol Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award in the Lifetime Achievement
Lt Col Willard has dedicated himself to aerospace, CAP, and youth throughout his lifetime, beginning with joining CAP as a cadet in 1969. He has contributed significantly at the wing and nationally. The Virginia Wing has been recognized with the Mid-Atlantic Region Aerospace Education Mission Award for the last two years and school Aerospace Excellence Award applications are up 160%. He has been an outstanding spokesman, working with Suffolk County Schools to put STEM kits in the hands of over 1,000 eighth graders and presented about CAP to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Military Officers Association of America, and the Air Force Association. He has done so much more!
Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Miner – 2021 Civil Air Patrol Senior Chaplain of the Year Award
Chaplain Miner is a true blessing and has fundamentally changed the role of chaplain. He had a vision that a chaplain presence should support both students and cadre during encampment. He started a program of religious observances for the cadets of various faiths and coordinated with religious bodies to identify their faith’s obligations during the week. Many cadets identified that the program was a key element to being able to complete a stressful week. He adapted character development lessons in to a virtual format so that cadets away at college could continue to engage and promote. He embraced the principles of being an inclusive organization. He is actively involved in uniform waivers for religious accommodations.
Major Theodore “Ted” Warnock – 2021 Civil Air Patrol Property Management Officer of the Year Award
In his role as the wing logistics officer, Maj Warnock greatly exceeded wing and national requirements and expectations. In fact, he was recognized during the Virginia Wing 2019 Compliance Inspection as one of only three “outstanding performers.” He recognized many unserviceable items in the wing and dedicated himself to retiring and repairing over 70 items posturing the wing to support missions and activities more efficiently. Maj Warnock also took on the critical role of logistics officer for the Virginia Wing Encampment for the last four years. He dedicated himself to ensuring all students and staff were hydrated and well cared for. The encampment grew significantly during this time to an average of over 400 participants from multiple wings.