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The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the highest award in theCivil Air Patrolcadetprogram. The award honorsGeneralCarl A. Spaatz, who was the firstChief of Staff of the United States Air Forceand the secondNational 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 toCadet 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. By regulation, this award should be presented by a military or CAP general officer, governor, congressman, federal judge, or a cabinet-level official.