Awards

Wing Awards

Award Description Submission Deadline Nomination Form
Senior Member of the Year View Criteria January 15 CAPF120
Jack Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year View Criteria January 15 CAPF120
Commander’s Commendation View Criteria January 15 CAPF120
Public Affairs Officer of the Year View Criteria January 15 CAPF120
Cadet of the Year View Criteria January 15 CAPF58
Junior Cadet of the Year View Criteria January 15 CAPF58
Air Force Association Cadet of the Year View Criteria December or January website

Sample Nomination Forms

For examples of how to complete the nomination forms, select a link below to view previous winning nominations:

 

 

Award Criteria

Senior Member of the Year: An annual award  established to recognize the senior member in all of CAP  who has contributed most to the success of CAP’s mission. The selection is based on the member’s lifetime contributions to CAP, not just the member’s accomplishments during the year of nomination.  Nominations describing the nominee’s accomplishments will be submitted through channels in narrative form. Be sure the nomination includes the following information: length of membership, command service, emergency service participation, cadet program participation, aerospace education program participation, personal senior training accomplishments, specialty track accomplishments, individual awards and decorations (including cadet achievements), impact on region/wing programs, impact on national programs, impact on local legislative issues,
and impact on national legislative issues.

Jack Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year: This award, named in honor of Jack Sorenson, considered by most to be the architect of the revised cadet program that CAP has enjoyed since 1964, recognizes the cadet programs officer who has contributed most to the CAP cadet program during the previous year. It is presented annually at the wing, region, and national levels. Eligibility: Senior members who work directly with cadets at the squadron level (Cadet Programs Officers), or serve on the Cadet Programs staff at a higher echelon (as defined in CAPR 20-1, Organization of Civil Air Patrol), are eligible for this award.

Commander’s Commendation: 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. In instances where several members are affiliated with an exceptionally successful program, project or mission, the Commander’s Commendation Award will be awarded only to those who clearly stand out from the others and who contributed most to the success of the program.

Public Affairs Officer of the Year: The Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year award recognizes the outstanding group or unit Public Affairs staff member who has excelled in public affairs initiatives and has been instrumental in conducting an exceptional program during the previous year. The wing PAO shall select the Wing Public Affairs Officers of the Year. Nominations shall document the PAO’s outstanding actions, initiatives, and management of a unit public affairs program. The wing PAO may specify format, additional criteria, and suspense dates. Wing awards shall be presented during the annual wing conference or other appropriate setting reflecting the honor of the award.

Cadet of the Year: An annual award established to recognize the most outstanding cadet in CAP. To be eligible for this award, the cadet must meet the following minimum criteria:

(1) received the Amelia Earhart Award (or higher),
(2) demonstrated outstanding leadership in CAP,
(3) attained academic excellence in school, and
(4) be at least a junior in high school.

The outstanding Cadet of the Year is nominated from selected cadets within each wing by a wing selection board. Unit commanders of a cadet or composite unit are limited to one nomination from their unit for the wing selection.

Junior Cadet of the Year: Same criteria as Cadet of the Year, but the cadet does not have to be a junior in high school and can have completed any rank below Cadet Captain.

Air Force Sergeants Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: An annual award established by the Air Force Sergeants Association to recognize the outstanding CAP cadet NCO in each squadron. Selections will be made by the unit commanders concerned not later than 15 April annually.

Squadron of Merit: An annual award established to recognize the top cadet or composite squadron in each wing. The same criteria used to select the Squadron of Distinction will be used to determine Squadrons of Merit.  Each squadron selected will receive a distinctive certificate and streamer. Wing commanders will receive nominations for approval along with award elements for presentation.

American Legion Award to Outstanding CAP Squadrons: An annual award established by the American Legion to recognize the outstanding CAP squadron in each wing. Selections will be made by the wing commander no later than 30 July annually.  a. In order to allow wing commanders the widest possible latitude in this section, no specific criteria is established. Additionally, the award may go to any type squadron— cadet, senior, or composite. It may be for one noteworthy achievement such as outstanding support of an emergency services mission or sustained superior performance such as the squadron with the highest number of cadet achievements, activities, or awards during the year.

Air Force Association Cadet of the Year: An AFA CAP Cadet medal is available annually to the most outstanding CAP Cadet at each CAP Cadet Squadron. This presentation is a Silver Medal is accompanied by a ribbon (in sky blue) and a certificate.
These medals must be requested by the Detachment Commander, Squadron Commander or the Aerospace Science Instructor, as appropriate.  See the AFA website for details.