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Rodriguez Earns Top Achievement in Civil Air Patrol

June 14, 2021

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Cadet Colonel Cyrus Rodriguez, 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.

Rodriguez joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2017 and has been active as a cadet since. He currently serves as the cadet communications officer and cadet historian officer in his squadron. He also serves as the Region Cadet Advisory Council representative for Virginia Wing. In 2019, he served as cadre at encampment and attended Hawk Mountain Ranger School. He received the VFW Outstanding Cadet NCO of the Year Award that same year.

“Cadet Rodriguez’ dedication to his goal of earning the Spaatz Award is a testament to what hard work and a drive to succeed can achieve,” stated Major David Thornton, Leesburg Composite Squadron commander. “The members of our squadron are all proud to see him complete this achievement and are excited to see what Cadet Rodriguez does in the future.”

Cadet Rodriguez is the 83rd cadet to earn the award in Virginia Wing and the second to do so this year. At present, he attends Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is part of the Corps of Cadets. He plans to commission into the Air Force.

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