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Decorations, Awards and Ribbons

DECORATIONS, AWARDS AND RIBBONS

The following is a listing of decorations, awards and ribbons issued to officers, airmen and cadets. For questions, please contact the education and training officer. 

Silver Medal of Valor

Silver Medal of Valor

 

 

The Medal of Valor is the highest decoration that can be awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol. The Silver Medal of Valor is awarded to active CAP members for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty. The Bronze Medal of Valor is awarded to members for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known. The Chairman of the National Awards Review Board is authorized to approve this medal for the National Executive Committee. If there arises a case in which a member is credited with saving a human life, but where the act does not meet the criteria for either the Silver Medal of Valor or the Bronze Medal of Valor, the member is generally recommended for a Certificate of Recognition of Lifesaving. The award for both of these medals of valor consists of the medal and ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniform. 

Bronze Medal of Valor

Bronze Medal of Valor    

The Medal of Valor is the highest decoration that can be awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol. The Silver Medal of Valor is awarded to active CAP members for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty. The Bronze Medal of Valor is awarded to members for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known. The Chairman of the National Awards Review Board is authorized to approve this medal for the National Executive Committee. If there arises a case in which a member is credited with saving a human life, but where the act does not meet the criteria for either the Silver Medal of Valor or the Bronze Medal of Valor, the member is generally recommended for a Certificate of Recognition of Lifesaving. The award for both of these medals of valor consists of the medal and ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniform. 

Distinguished Service Medal

Distinguished Service Medal    

The Distinguished Service Medal of the Civil Air Patrol is awarded for "conspicuous performance of outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige of CAP on a national scale. The duties for which this medal are awarded must be extremely difficult and of importance to the national mission of the CAP. This is the highest award for service given by the CAP. Any member may nominate deserving cadets or officers for the award. All nominations are approved by the CAP National Headquarters. If the act of service is deemed to be important at the region level or wing level, the member is generally recommended for the Exceptional Service Award or the Meritorious Service Award. This award consists of the medal itself along with a ribbon and certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Exceptional Service Award

Exceptional Service Award    

The Exceptional Service Award is presented to Civil Air Patrol members who provide "exceptionally outstanding service to CAP...while serving in any capacity with CAP. The award regulations do make clear that the duty should carry the responsibility for completion of a major project at the region level or wing level. Any CAP member may nominate another cadet or officer for the exceptional service award, but the duty must involve the fulfillment of a duty that greatly benefits the region or wing. All nominations must be approved by the region commander. This award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Meritorious Service Award

Meritorious Service Award    

The Meritorious Service Award is awarded for "outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP. The regulations are quite clear that the simply performing one's normal duties very well will not automatically qualify a member for this award. Instead, the award is meant for "achievements and services which are clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional, though not worthy of the Distinguished Service Medal or the Exceptional Service Award. When the award is made to individuals who are part of an exceptionally successful group of CAP members, the regulation states that the Meritorious Service Award should be presented only to those members whose efforts were clearly integral to the success of the program. All nominations for this award must be approved by the region commander. Like the Exceptional Service Award, this award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Commander's Commendation Award

Commanders Commendation Award    

The Commander's Commendation Award is presented to Civil Air Patrol members for "outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility. As in the case of the Meritorious Service Award, when an award is made to individuals who are part of an exceptionally successful group of CAP members, the regulation states that the Commander's Commendation Award should be presented only to those members whose efforts were clearly integral to the success of the program. The Commander's Commendation Award differs from the Exceptional Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award in that the former does not require the performance "achievements and services significantly above and beyond normal duty performance. Nominations for this award may be approved by and the award may be presented by either a wing, region, or national commander. In each case, the award is slightly different depending on the authority by whom it is approved:
the basic ribbon is awarded to members who earn the award as authorized by their wing commander
a bronze star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the region commander
a silver star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the National Commander.

If a CAP member is presented with multiple awards, a clasp is place to the left (from the point of view of the wearer) of a silver or bronze star. Only one star of each type will be worn on this award. Like the Exceptional Service Award and Meritorious Service Award, this commendation does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Achievement Award

Achievement Award    

The Civil Air Patrol's Achievement Award is given to a member when the circumstances of his or her performance are above and beyond those of the member’s peers, but are not sufficient enough to warrant a Commander's Commendation Award. The intent of the award is to empower wing and group commanders with the ability to recommend and present achievement awards locally. The official regulations state this the Achievement Award is "presented for outstanding service to the unit, group, or wing. It may be approved by a group commander and, if a group structure does not exist for a given squadron, the wing commander may designate who has the authority to approve this award. Like the other decorations below the level of Distinguished Service Medal, this award does not come with a full-sized medal of its own. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving    

The Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving is awarded to members of the Civil Air Patrol "who save a human life, but do not meet the criteria for the Bronze [Medal of Valor] or Silver Medal of Valor. A member may be awarded this decoration for participation in a transport mission of either blood or organs, in which case he or she is presented with a basic ribbon and a certificate that accompanies the decoration. A silver star is attached to the ribbon in recognition of lifesaving actions other than blood or organ transport which still do not meet the requirements of the higher awards. Subsequent awards are denoted by the addition of bronze and silver clasps to the ribbon. If more than three devices are authorized for wear on this ribbon, a second ribbon is worn to the left (from the point of view of the wearer) of the initial ribbon. If future awards reduce the total number of devices to three the second ribbon is removed. All nominations for this award must be approved by the relevant CAP wing commander. This award does not come with a full-sized medal of its own, though a miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

National Commander's Unit Citation Award

National Commanders Unit Citation Award    

The National Commander's Unit Citation Award was approved by the Civil Air Patrol's National Board at its March 2006 meeting. It is awarded to "units providing services or achievements above and beyond those normally recognized by a Unit Citation Award. Awards are made at the sole discretion of the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol. The ribbon of the award is worn by all cadets and officers who were members of the unit during the time period for which the citation is awarded. Once the award has been made, members may continue to wear the ribbon even if they transfer out of the unit at a later date. Units that have been given the National Commander's Unit Citation Award are entitled to attach a streamer to the colors displayed at the unit's headquarters. This award does not come with a full-sized medal of its own, though a miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms that must be purchased through an outside vendor.

Unit Citation Award

Unit Citation Award    

The Civil Air Patrol Unit Citation Award is presented for "exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement. This service and achievement must be clearly above that which is performed by other similar units. Members are awarded the Unit Citation Award ribbon if they were members of the unit during the time period for which the citation is awarded. Units can be awarded this citation as a result of extended meritorious service over the course of at least one year, or in recognition of outstanding achievements in a single specific act or notable accomplishment that is separate and distinct from the normal mission or regular function of the unit. The periods of an outstanding achievement are normally characterized by definite beginning and ending dates. Units that have been given the Unit Citation Award are entitled to attach a streamer to the colors displayed at the unit's headquarters. This award does not come with a full-sized medal of its own, though a miniature medal is available for senior members to wear on their mess dress uniforms that must be purchased through an outside vendor.

 

Red Service Ribbon

Red Service Ribbon    

The Red Service Ribbon is given to any member of the Civil Air Patrol who has been a member of the program for two years (as a cadet or Senior Member in good standing.) In addition, the following devices are awarded for additional years of service.- A first Bronze Clasp is awarded at the end of 3 additional years (total of 5 years).- Additional Bronze Clasps are awarded for each additional 5 years of service. A maximum of three bronze clasps (denoting 15 years of service) will be worn.- Longevity Devices, A metal number, denoting years of service, awarded at the end of 20 years and in increments of 5 years thereafter. The longevity device is worn centered on the red service ribbon and the bronze clasps are no longer worn.

Search Find Ribbon

Search Find Ribbon    

The Rescue Find Ribbon is awarded to any CAP member by his or her wing commander for making a find (distress or non-distress) on a search and rescue mission. A distress find involves a downed aircraft or persons in distress. Normally, a definite search objective must have been assigned, located, and positively identified. Other finds are classified as non-distress; such as locating a non-distress emergency locator transmitter. The basic ribbon is awarded for a first find (distress or non-distress). A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional distress find or for each additional 20 non-distress finds. Both aircrew and ground team members may receive credit for finds. The "Find" Ribbon may also be painted on the aircraft in which the find was made.
Finds for the United States Coast Guard. Exceptions to the above criteria may be made for finds accomplished during missions conducted in concert with the USCG or USCG Auxiliary. The bulk of this joint effort consists of CAP flying patrol missions commonly referred to as a “sundown patrol.” When a CAP member or crew locates a boat or persons in distress and is instrumental in their discovery, credit for a distress find may be granted and a “find” ribbon awarded, provided the effort is classified as an assist by the USCG.
Finds by Aircrew Members. In case of a search and rescue find by aircraft, a ribbon will be awarded to all crew members. A bronze three-bladed propeller device is also worn on the ribbon for finds as aircrew members. This applies to both “find and rescue” operations and “find and report” operations. For example, when the search objective is sighted, rescue by aircraft may be impossible so the crew reports the find by relaying the information to an official ground station.
Finds by Ground Personnel. If the find is made by search and rescue ground teams, the ribbon will be awarded to all members of the team which locates the objective. Ground personnel are not awarded the propeller clasp.
Combined Participation. Members who earn the ribbon as aircrew are identified by the bronze propeller attached to the ribbon. If the same individual earn a clasp as a ground member who makes a find, they are authorized to attach the clasp to the same ribbon with the bronze propeller. This also applies to the individual who initially earns the Search “Find” Ribbon as a member of a ground search party and at some later date makes a find as an aircrew member. The member is then authorized to attach the bronze propeller to the ribbon.

Air Search and Rescue Ribbon

Air Search and Rescue Ribbon    

The Air Search and Rescue Ribbon is awarded to members who actively participate in at least 10 search and rescue sorties, with a bronze clasp awarded for each additional 10 sorties. All sorties must be in support of an actual search and rescue mission authorized through appropriate authorities.
Aircrew Members. A bronze three-bladed propeller device will be worn centered on Air Search and Rescue Ribbons earned as aircrew members. Credit will be given for participation in flights as either pilot or observer.
Ground Personnel. Credit given will be computed on the basis of time spent on a mission and the nature of the duties performed.
Ground personnel performing hazardous duties, such as ground rescue or ground search, may be credited with one sortie for each 4 hours of actual participation, not to exceed three sorties in any 24-hour period.
Ground personnel performing non-hazardous duties, such as base support or staff functions, may be credited with one sortie for each 8 hours of participation, not to exceed two sorties for any 24-hour period.
Combined Participation. Members who earn the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as an aircrew member are identified by attaching a bronze propeller to the ribbon. If the same individual earn clasps as a ground member of searches or missions, they are authorized to attach the clasps to the same ribbon with the bronze propeller. This also applies to the individual who initially earned the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as a member of a ground search party and later participates in enough searches as an aircrew member. Additional clasps are placed so that the ribbon will have a balanced appearance, with bronze propeller(s) in the middle of the ribbon. A silver clasp is used in place of five bronze clasps for member who have participated in fifty additional sorties.

Counter Drug Ribbon

Counter Drug Ribbon    

The Counter drug Ribbon is awarded to Senior Members for participation in 10 counter drug sorties. A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional 10 sorties, and replaced by a silver clasp after 50 additional sorties. Cadets are prohibited from participating in Counter drug operations.

Although similar in appearance, this award is not to be confused with the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Disaster Relief Ribbon

Disaster Relief Ribbon    

The Disaster Relief Ribbon is awarded for participation in five disaster relief missions and completion of two designated disaster relief training courses. The ribbon may also be awarded for completion of one disaster relief course and 40 hours of disaster relief training or operations. Participation must be verified by the on-scene commander.

The Disaster Relief Ribbon may be awarded with a Silver "V" device to any CAP member who participates as a CAP member in a disaster relief effort for a Presidential declared disaster. Participation in any Presidential declared disaster since 1990 qualifies.

Homeland Security Ribbon

Homeland Security Ribbon    

The Homeland Security Ribbon is awarded for participation in ten Homeland Security sorties, as defined by the tasking organization, which are in the interest of the defense and/or security of the United States. All members participating in the mission in any capacity may be eligible for the ribbon. Personnel performing duties, such as base support or staff functions, may be credited with one sortie for each 8 hours of participation, but may not to exceed two sorties for any 24-hour period.

Clasps may be added to the ribbon for participation in every ten additional sorties.

CAP Crisis Service Ribbon

CAP Crisis Service Ribbon    

Community Service Ribbon

Community Service Ribbon    

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon    

Awarded to cadets and officer escorts participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) outside the continental limits of the United States. IACE is a program open to Cadets 17 or older who have earned the Earhart Award (Cadet Captains and above) to visit participating foreign countries.
Cadet achievement awards.

National Cadet Competition Ribbon

National Cadet Competition Ribbon    

Awarded to cadets for participation as a team member in the National Cadet Competition. The basic ribbon will be worn by the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winners of the national competition. Repetitive awards may be recognized by wearing additional stars in the appropriate competition level. Officers who earned this ribbon as a cadet may continue to wear the ribbon. In November 1998, CAP's National Executive Committee approved an addendum to the regulation governing the wear of this ribbon; it authorizes Officers who acted as official escorts to the above mentioned championship teams to also wear the ribbon. This addendum will be incorporated into the next draft of the regulation.

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon    

Awarded to cadets for participation as a team member in the National Color Guard Competition. The basic ribbon will be worn by the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winner of the national competition. Repetitive awards may be recognized by wearing additional stars in the appropriate competition level.In November 1998, CAP's National Executive Committee approved an addendum to the regulation governing the wear of this ribbon; it authorizes Officers who acted as official escorts to the above mentioned championship teams to also wear the ribbon. This addendum will be incorporated into the next draft of the regulation. Senior Members who earned this ribbon as a cadet may continue to wear the ribbon.

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon    

The Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon is awarded to the primary members of an advisory council. A shoulder cord is worn while that member is the primary representative, while the ribbon continues to be worn even after the cadet is no longer on the CAC. The wear policy for the Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon was changed in 2007 to allow senior members who earned this ribbon as a cadet to continue wearing the ribbon with the appropriate clasp.
GROUP LEVEL: The basic ribbon with no attachments and active CAC members wear a green shoulder cord.
WING LEVEL: The ribbon would have a bronze star attachment and active CAC members wear a red shoulder cord.
REGION LEVEL: The ribbon would have a silver star and active CAC members wear a blue shoulder cord.
NATIONAL LEVEL: The ribbon would have a gold star attached and active CAC members wear a gold shoulder cord.

Cadet Special Activities Ribbon

Cadet Special Activities Ribbon    

Awarded to cadets and officers who participate in National Cadet Special Activities. Officer participants must be identified by the Civil Air Patrol project officer and approved by the member’s region commander. Each subsequent activity is represented by a bronze star affixed to the basic ribbon. Cadets earning this ribbon may continue to wear the ribbon as a Senior Member.

Encampment Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon    

The Encampment Ribbon is awarded to all cadets who complete a Civil Air Patrol Encampment successfully. It is also awarded to cadet staff members and officers who provide leadership for the encampment. Multiple encampments are symbolized with bronze clasps, one per additional encampment and worn centered on the encampment ribbon. Cadet encampments, usually a week in length, provide cadets with an intense look at military life. Encampment attendance is a prerequisite for the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. Senior members may also be awarded the ribbon for providing leadership at CAP encampments.

 

     
     

CADET RIBBONS

General Carl A. Spaatz Award

General Carl A Spaatz Award    

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the highest award in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. The award honors General Carl A. Spaatz, who was the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and the second National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol.

The Spaatz Award may be awarded to cadets who "successfully complete all phases of the CAP cadet program and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award examination" consisting of a comprehensive leadership and aerospace education written examination, a graded essay and a physical fitness test. The Spaatz Award is arguably the most difficult honor to earn in the CAP cadet program.

Cadets earning Spaatz Award are also promoted to Cadet Colonel, the highest grade obtainable in the cadet program. Upon reaching the age of 21, Cadet Colonels are eligible to transfer to the Civil Air Patrol Officer program with appointment to the grade of Captain. Cadet Colonels who voluntarily transfer to the Officer program between the ages of 18 and 21 receive the grade Senior Flight Officer.

External links
Spaatz Award - CAP
Spaatz Association web site

General Ira C Eaker Award

General Ira C Eaker Award    

The General Ira C. Eaker Award is given by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the former Deputy Commander U.S. Army Air Forces and aviation pioneer. It is presented on behalf of CAP by CAP National Headquarters to cadets who have completed the specific requirements in the Phase IV of the cadet program. The award is accompanied by promotion to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.

External links
Eaker Award - CAP

Amelia Earhart Award

Neil Armstrong Achievement    

The Amelia Earhart Award is a cadet achievement of the Civil Air Patrol presented in honor of Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviatrix and aviation record-setter. This award is presented on behalf of CAP National Headquarters to denote the successful completion of the specific requirements in Phase III of this program. Cadets receiving the Earhart Award are promoted to Cadet Captain.

Cadets who receive this award can be promoted to 1Lt once a senior member at the age of 21.

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External links
Earhart Award - CAP

Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award

General Billy Mitchell Award    

The Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program; cadets are promoted to cadet second lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, cadet officers. The award is given in honor of Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.

In order to earn this award, cadets must pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests and attend character development training for each achievement from Cadet Airman Basic through Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. In addition, cadets must attend a military-style encampment before this award is made, and have maintained active membership in the Civil Air Patrol for at least 18 months since joining. 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award.

Mitchell Cadets who chose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Coast Guard are promoted to E-3 upon enlistment and completion of Basic Military Training (BMT), instead of E-1. Mitchell cadets who enlist in the Marine Corps, Navy, or Army are promoted to E-2 upon completion of BMT. A silver star is worn on the ribbon to denote successful completion of Cadet Officer School.

Neil Armstrong Achievement Ribbon

Neil Armstrong Achievement    

The Neil Armstrong Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 8 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Awarded for the second achievement of Chief Master Sergeant.

Dr Robert H Goddard Achievement Ribbon

Dr Robert H Goddard Achievement    

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 7 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. NOTE: A silver star worn on the ribbon denotes successful completion of the Model Rocketry Badge requirements (if Mitchell Award has been earned).

General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement Ribbon

General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement    

The General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 6 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant.

Charles A Lindbergh Achievement Ribbon

Charles A Lindbergh Achievement    

The Charles A. Lindbergh Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 5 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Master Sergeant.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement Ribbon

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement    

The Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 4 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant.

Wright Brothers Award Ribbon

Wright Brothers Award    

The Wright Brothers Award is awarded for successfully completing the Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. It marks the transition of a cadet to the non-commissioned officer status in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant.

Prior to the creation of the Mary Feik Achievement in April 2003, the Wright Brothers award was the 3rd Achievement and accompanied promotion to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman.

Mary Feik Achievement Ribbon

Mary Feik Achievement    

The Mary Feik Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman.

General H H Hap Arnold Achievement Ribbon

General H H Hap Arnold Achievement    

The General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 2 in Phase I of the cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Airman First Class.

General J. F. Curry Achievement Ribbon

General J F Curry Achievement    

The General J. F. Curry Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 1 in Phase I of the cadet program. Cadets must successfully complete the Physical Fitness test, Leadership chapter 1, and have participated in at least 1 character development class. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Airman.

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon    

The Cadet Recruiter Ribbon is given to cadets who recruit two or more people into the Civil Air Patrol. For each additional two members recruited, a bronze clasp may be worn on the ribbon. Once a cadet earns five bronze clasps, they may be replaced with a silver clasp. Bronze clasps are no longer worn after a silver clasp is received. For every ten new cadets recruited after this, an additional silver clasp may be worn on the ribbon.

 

AWARDS FOR OFFICERS AND AIRMEN

Gill Robb Wilson Award Ribbon

Gill Robb Wilson Award    

The Gill Robb Wilson Award was first implemented in 1964 to replace the National Commander’s Citation. It is named after Gill Robb Wilson, the first director of the CAP, and is presented to senior members who complete the fifth level of training in the Senior Member Professional Development Program. This award is issued directly from the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters and is the highest award in the professional development program. This level of training is intended for those performing duty as commanders or staff officers. The training program concentrates on advanced leadership and management subjects. This award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate. Members who complete Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, or Air War College are authorized to wear a bronze, silver, or gold star (respectively) on the award ribbon. If multiple stars would be authorized, the highest star is placed on the Gill Rob Wilson ribbon, and the second highest on the Paul E. Garber ribbon. A miniature medal is available for members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Paul E Garber Award Ribbon

Paul E Garber Award    

The Paul E. Garber Award is presented to Civil Air Patrol senior members who complete the level IV requirements of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. Like the Gill Robb Wilson Award, this is issued directly from CAP National Headquarters. The award is named after Paul Garber who served in both World War I and World War II before becoming the first curator of the National Air and Space Museum. The Paul E. Garber Award is a prerequisite for any senior member to be considered for duty a performance promotion to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in CAP. This level of training concentrates on members desiring to become leaders within the CAP. Every wing commander and region commander—and those members being groomed to replace them—is encouraged to complete the level IV training and earn the Paul E. Garber Award. Like the Gill Robb Wilson Award, there is no full-sized medal for this award. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate. Members who complete Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, or Air War College are authorized to wear a bronze, silver, or gold star (respectively) on the award ribbon. If multiple stars would be authorized and the member has received the Gill Rob Wilson award, the highest star is placed on the Gill Rob Wilson ribbon, and the second highest on the Paul E. Garber ribbon. A miniature medal is available for members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Grover Loening Aerospace Award Ribbon

Grover Loening Aerospace Award    

The Grover Loening Aerospace Award is presented to senior members who successfully complete the third level of the professional development program. The award is issued directly from CAP National Headquarters in the form of a certificate. There is also a ribbon and a miniature medal available for members to purchase for wear on their uniforms. The award is named for aerospace manufacturer Grover Cleveland Loening. This portion of the professional development program was designed for senior members serving as squadron, group, or wing commanders and for CAP staff officers. In order to qualify for this award, members must complete their level II training, have one year of experience in a command or staff position, attain a senior rating in any CAP specialty track, and attend two wing, region, or national conferences. The Loening Award is a prerequisite for consideration for duty performance promotion to the grade of major in the Civil Air Patrol.

Leadership Award Ribbon

Leadership Award    

The Leadership Award is presented to senior CAP members who complete training to earn a technician rating in one of 26 specialty tracks. If members obtain a senior rating in a specialty track, they are authorized to wear a bronze star on the Leadership Award ribbon. A silver star is awarded for a higher master rating. This award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate. A miniature medal is available for members to wear on their mess dress uniforms. Unlike the three more senior professional development awards in the Civil Air Patrol senior program, this award is not named after an aviation pioneer or notable person associated with the CAP.

CAP Membership Award Ribbon

CAP Membership Award    

The most basic professional development award in the CAP program is the Membership Award. This is presented to any senior member that successfully completes the level I Orientation Course. Completion of this course, and the qualification for the Membership Awards, is a prerequisite for participation in most areas of the Civil Air Patrol mission and for duty performance promotion to Second Lieutenant in the CAP. There are four modules required for completion of this level. The are a basic foundations course, a cadet protection program training, operations security awareness training, and equal opportunity training. The intent of this level I training "is to provide new members the information they need to begin their service in CAP successfully.

This award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate. A miniature medal is available for members to wear on their mess dress uniforms.

A Scott Crossfield Award Ribbon

A Scott Crossfield Award    

The A. Scott Crossfield Award is named after American naval officer and test pilot Albert Scott Crossfield. The award is made by the Civil Air Patrol national headquarters. The Crossfield Award is presented to members who have "earned the master level rating in the aerospace education specialty track and served as aerospace education officer. This award does not come with a full-sized medal. It consists of a ribbon and a certificate. A miniature medal is available for members to purchase for wear on their mess dress uniforms.

Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award Ribbon

Brigadier General Charles E Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award    

The Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award is presented to senior members who successfully complete the Civil Air Patrol's Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM). This is assessed through a test that senior members may complete online or using traditional means. Upon validation of the test results, a certificate is issued by the member's wing. This award does not come with a full-sized medal. The miniature medal—for wear on their mess dress uniforms—and the ribbon may be purchased by individual recipients from appropriate commercial sources. This award is named for retired United States Air Force major general and noted test pilot, Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager.

Command Service Ribbon

Command Service Ribbon    

Awarded to officers who have served at least 1 year continuous service as commander of a subordinate unit (squadrons and groups). The ribbon is awarded for service as a squadron commander. A bronze star is added to denote service as group commander, a silver star for wing commander, and a gold star for region commander service. Two gold stars will be used to denote service as National Commander. Only one level of command may be shown on the ribbon.

Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon

Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon    

Awarded to members who provide 50 cadet orientation flights. Each cadet receiving credit for the flight, may be counted toward the total of 50. A bronze clasp may be added for each additional 50 flights.

Senior Recruiter Ribbon

Senior Recruiter Ribbon    

World War 2 Service Ribbon

World War 2 Service Ribbon    

 

     

AFA Award Unit Cadet of the Year Ribbon

AFA Award Unit Cadet of the Year    

AFSA Award Unit Cadet NCO of the Year Ribbon

AFSA Award Unit Cadet NCO of the Year    

VFW Cadet Officer of the Year Ribbon

VFW Cadet Officer of the Yea    

VFW Award Unit Cadet NCO of the Year Ribbon

VFW Award Unit Cadet NCO of the Year    

 

     
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