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AFA's CAP Outstanding Squadron Cadet Recognition



The Air & Space Forces Association Education Division Recognizes Outstanding CAP Cadets with the “Civil Air Patrol Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award”

The AFA is proud to support the accomplishments of cadets at the grassroots level with a CAP cadet award package that includes a silver medal accompanied by a sky-blue ribbon and a downloadable certificate. 
Each year, between 1 December and 15 January, each squadron may submit a request to for an award package to present to one outstanding cadet. (If late, do not worry, a request will be honored for your squadron.)

NOTE: The award will be for the year in which the January date falls.

See list of squadrons having requested and presented the 2024 award, HERE.

For award information/details, click HERE

For award request/order form, click HERE. (Please submit form to

For fillable and downloadable certificate for presentation, click HERE.

  • The AFA has changed to a downloadable certificate and requests the certificate be inscribed by the unit commander before the presentation ceremony.  

Use the AFA chapter locator HERE to e-mail your closest AFA chapter in your state to request a representative to attend your squadron meeting to make the presentation. (On the chapter locator map, the circles are for chapter contacts and the squares are for state contacts.)


If a chapter representative does not respond to your e-mail request, please reach out to the state president via the linked e-mail address with the request.  If there is still no response, forward your request e-mails to for further assistance. 

  • For the required after-action report form, click HERE. (When submitting report, please submit photo of presentation with AFA representative, if possible.)

***NOTE: CAPR 39-3 (page 24) still has incorrect info, so, please follow the guidance herein to send all requests via e-mail to and NOT to the AFA National address. Requests for 39-3 change were submitted when change to CAP award management changed.

  • Info about this award is found on the AFA Cadet of the Year Awards page HERE

  • Info about this award is also found on the CAP Cadet Programs Individual Cadet Award page HERE

Questions?  Contact

NOTE: The certificate (below) has been updated to reflect the new AFA name and logo - The Air & Space Forces Association.  



                        Presentations During the COVID Pandemic


2023 Squadron Awards Sent

2022 Squadron Awards Sent 

2021 Squadron Awards Sent

2020 Squadron Awards Sent

2019 Squadron Awards Sent

Prior to 2019, the AFA sent the awards.  As of Jan 2019, CAP NHQ began managing the award requests for the AFA and connecting CAP squadrons with AFA chapters for presentations. 

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