Cadet Greggor Hines earns Spaatz award
July 6, 2021 – Middle River, MD – Cadet Greggor Hines from the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, earned cadet programs’ highest award, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. Hines joined Oregon Wing’s Salem Composite Squadron in October 2012. In the summer of 2013, he visited Martin squadron and participated in unit activities. He attended and graduated from Tri-Wing Encampment, flew orientation flights, and joined the unit on fun field trips.
Hines returned to Oregon to finish Middle School, where he earned Wright Brothers Award 26189 in January 2014.
Summer 2014, he moved permanently to Maryland and made Martin squadron his home unit. He attended Hawk Mountain Ranger School that summer. In 2015, Hines earned General Billy Mitchell Award number 65555. He staffed Tri-Wing Encampment for the first time and completed his remaining powered orientation flights. Hines staffed Tri-Wing Encampment for the second time in 2016 and attended the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Florida. Hines completed his glider pilots license in July 2016, just six days after his first powered solo flight.
In 2017 Hines was selected as Cadet Commander for the squadron. He used his leadership to mentor cadets both new and old. He continued a long legacy of cadet commanders that made an impact on the squadron. Summer 2017, Hines staffed his third Tri-Wing Encampment, graduated from Cadet Officer School and the Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Course in Independence Kansas. In June 2017, he earned Amelia Earhart Award number 17810.
In 2018, Hines completed his term as Cadet Commander. In the summer, he staffed his fourth Tri-Wing Encampment and passed his private pilot powered check ride. He continued his studies outside of CAP, attending Towson University and joining the University of Maryland’s Air Force ROTC program. He continued with his CAP activities, staffing a fifth Tri-Wing Encampment in 2019.
In January 2020, Hines completed the CAP Cadet Program, earning Ira C. Eaker Award number 3614.
Hines returned to Tri-Wing Encampment staff for the sixth time as Cadet Commander in 2021. He was originally selected for 2020, which was canceled early in the spring. 2021 brought some additional challenges, with limited space and less students than in previous encampments.
Hines supported other CAP activities as well, including Wreaths Across America and the annual Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. He is a qualified ground team member and urban direction-finding team member. Hines starts his senior year in college in the fall of 2021 and is looking forward to being sworn in as an Air Force officer.
The Spaatz award is named after General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz. He was the commander of Strategic Air Forces Europe in 1944 and became Chief of Staff of the new United States Air Force in 1947. The Spaatz award is controlled by the Air Force. To earn the award, cadets take a comprehensive leadership and aerospace test on topics learned throughout the entire cadet program, a physical fitness test and write an essay on a specific topic. T0 date, only 2,343 cadets have earned the award since it was added to the cadet program in 1964.
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin State Airport. For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit www.glmcscap.org. Follow the squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glmcscap and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/glmcscap.
More than 1,200 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew 13 actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook.
Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives during the past fiscal year. CAP’s 54,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 20,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit http://www.CAP.News or http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.comfor more information.
Lt. Col Christopher Roche
Public Affairs Officer
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron