Civil Air Patrol honors members at ceremony
June 11, 2009
More than 130 area members of Civil Air Patrol gathered to congratulate New York state’s first General Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient since 2005. Cadet Natasha Cohen of Dobbs Ferry was honored in a ceremony at Wing Headquarters at the Westchester County Airport.
Named for the first Air Force chief of staff, the award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. The evening also celebrated the lengthy career of White Plains resident Lt. Col. Johnnie Pantanelli as a local leader of influence in this volunteer organization. The evening culminated in the renaming of the North Castle Composite Squadron in her honor.
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is a rare national honor, presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness and aerospace education.