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UWP student receives Civil Air Patrol highest honor
Spaatz Award Presentation
Gov. Scott Walker is pictured with Civil Air Patrol Cadet Jacob Napp. Napp, a UWPlatteville student, received the CAPs General Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Gov. Scott Walker presented Civil Air Patrol Cadet Jacob Napp with the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, the Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor.

The award is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness and aerospace education.

Napp, from Stitzer, is majoring in software engineering at UW–Platteville.

“Jacob demonstrates great leadership skills and his accomplishments show his dedication to excellence,” said Walker. “I’m proud to present this prestigious honor to someone who represents Wisconsin so well, and I look forward to seeing what great achievements his future holds.”

Civil Air Patrol Cadets qualify for this award after completing 16 achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Cadets develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space or technology. Only about two out of every 1,000 cadets in the CAP Program qualify for the General Spaatz Award.

Napp served as cadet commander of the Dubuque Composite Squadron, and was the chairman of the Iowa Wing Cadet Advisory Council. He participated in several cadet activities such as National Blue Beret as the flight sergeant, the Illinois Summer Encampment as security flight commander and the Civil Engineering Academy as a flight commander. He had the honor of attending the Wisconsin Cadet Academy, and served as an ambassador from the United States to England as a part of the International Air Cadet Exchange.