CAP Cadet History Project

USAFASC patch designed by Steve.

Steve with his two flight commanders after the water survival course.

Stephen Austen  joined the CAP cadet program in 1965, and was able to remain an active cadet into 1972.  He was Cadet Commander of his squadron and also commanded an encampment.  As a high-achieving Louisiana Wing cadet, Steve earned Falcon award #103 on 17 July 1972, and Spaatz award #161 on 31 December 1971.  He also published stories which detail his experiences on IACE, the USAFA Survival Course (which he commanded), and Spiritual Life Conference, which are linked below.

His accomplishments did not end with his cadet career.  Steve went on to become a successful senior member who volunteered for decades, giving back to CAP and the cadet program.  Some career highlights include: Serving East Bank Composite Squadron, New Orleans, as Deputy Commander for Cadets and Squadron Commander.  In three years he, and his staff, transformed the failing East Bank Cadet Squadron with only four active cadets, to a Composite Squadron with 70 members, adding pilots, aircraft, communications and ground teams.  It was LA Wing Squadron of the Year for 1979.  He was recognized as the NC Wing and MER Senior Member of the Year.  He served the Spaatz Association for ten years, as a board member and in every officer position, including National President.  In addition, he was the Spaatz Association Advisor to CAP's National Commander.

Shoulder cords, L to R: Wing Cadet Advisory Council Chairman (at the time only worn by the chairman), SWR CAC Vice Chairman, SWR CAC Chairman, National Cadet Advisory Council

Awards and decorations, starting between the shoulder boards: 

Frank Borman Falcon award device and medal

Meritorious Service award, Unit Citation, Spaatz award, Earhart award, Mitchell award, Goddard achievement, Doolittle achievement, Lindbergh achievement, Rickenbacker achievement, Wright Brothers achievement, Arnold achievement, Curry achievement, Cadet Advisory Council ribbon, IACE ribbon, SAR ribbon, Red Service ribbon, Cadet Recruiter, Encampment ribbon, AFROTC Distinguished Extracurricular Activities award

Stephen Austen after the water survival course at the USAFA Survival School, July 1972.

USAFASC patch design submission.

IACE Cadets from multiple nations gather for instructions in Sweden, July 1970.  Stephen Austen is directly under the number 7 on the tail.

Graduation ceremony for the USAFASC.

Steve's Door Sign