Award Presentation and Ceremony
May 17, 2003
Fort Collins Country Club
On May 17, 2003, Cadet Colonel Niswender became only the 1492nd cadet to receive the Spaatz Award. While there have been more than 250,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets since the award's inception in 1963, only 1/10th of 1% of cadets reach this lofty and difficult goal. Thompson Valley Composite Squadron is proud of this exceptional young woman.
Of course, the ceremony was a "solemn" and formal affair! Though Colorado Senator Marilyn Musgrave made the actual presentation of the Spaatz, she had to wait her turn until all the other awards were made.
|Being an official CAP function, it started with the color guard. Aside from dueling with the chandelier (ask Hart), the colors were presented flawlessly.||The Air Force Association Award|
|Next, the Longs Peak Chapter of the Air Force Association named C/Niswender the CAP Cadet of the Year. This came with $100 US Savings Bond! (That's a couple of hours of flight time.)|
The Veterans of
|Your can read the letter, too.|
|The dignitaries came out of the woodwork each speaking of the dedication and talents of C/Col Niswender. The best part was that she couldn't escape!|
|Thompson Valley Composite Squadron Commander Mike Fassi spoke.||
Followed by Brigadier General James Bobick, past CAP National Commander! That is impressive company you're keeping!
|A fellow Spaatzian and past CAP National Legal Officer, Col. David Simmons, offered words of inspiration and an injunction to maintain the highest level of integrity. (There are reasons for which a Spaatz can be revoked!)|
|Finally, Senator Musgrave got her opportunity to lavish more praise and remind us that the future will be shaped by leaders like C/Niswender.||
And, gosh, after all that, there was this little award to be presented...
It was a very serious moment!
Of course, after the
|Gen. Bobick, C/Col. Niswender, Senator Musgrave||
1Lt Mike Fassi, C/Col. Niswender, Senator Musgrave
|Lt.Col. Biersdorfer, C/Col. Niswender, Senator Musgrave|
C/Col. Niswender, Col. Simmons
|Parents, Guy and Kathy Niswender, and C/Col. Niswender||And Grandparents...|
|And longtime family friend||
What a great group! Capt. Debbie Hines and the TVCS cadets.
Until she just couldn't take it any
|I think all the
attention finally got to her...
(Look at this picture carefully.)
Congratulations on all your awards!
We are so very proud of you.
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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