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Virginia Cadet Earns Top Achievement in Civil Air Patrol

September 19, 2021

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Leesburg, Va. (September 20, 2021) – Cadet Colonel Kathryn Homa, a member of the Virginia Wing’s Leesburg Composite Squadron, has earned the highest achievement a Civil Air Patrol cadet can attain, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award. Only one-half a percent of all cadets in the CAP’s program earn this honor.


Homa joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2016 and has been active as a cadet since. She currently serves as the unit’s cadet commander, assuming command this past July. She has also served as a cadet deputy commander, aerospace education officer, activities officer, operations officer, leadership officer, flight commander, group cadet advisory council representative, and flight sergeant. In addition, she served as cadre at Virginia Wing Encampment in 2019. In the summer of 2019, she also attended Hawk Mountain Ranger School, completed Region Cadet Leadership school in 2020 and - this year - she attended the Alaska Wing Powered Flight Academy.


“Cadet Homa’s is amongst the finest examples of how dedication and hard work to the CAP can result in success,” remarked Major David Thornton, Leesburg Composite Squadron commander. “Earning the Spaatz Award is a testament to her steadfast determination and the members of our squadron are all proud to see her complete this achievement and excited to see what Cadet Homa does in the future.”


Cadet Homa is the 84th cadet to earn the award in Virginia Wing and the third to do so this year.

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