Brewer Aerospace Award Given to Masterflight Foundation Executive Director


Capt Mordechai Levin Recognized With Brewer Award
Civil Air Patrol IL Wing News Blog
August 31, 2007

From left to right: National Commander Major General Amy Courter, Illinois Wing’s Captain Mordechai Levin, Great Lakes Region Commander Colonel Charles Carr, Jr. Photo Credit: NHQ PA staff Susan C. Robertson)

During the 2007 Civil Air Patrol National Board and Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the Special Recognition awards were presented to CAP members who have served the organization with outstanding commitment and effectiveness during the past year.

The Frank G. Brewer Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace awards are the highest given to organizations and individuals within and outside CAP who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities.

While Brigadier General Amy Courter presented Capt Mordechai Levin the Brewer Award for the preceding calendar year, the following narrative was read before the assembly and broadcast on the live streaming video on the World Wide Web:

“Capt Mordechai Levin’s aerospace achievements in 2006 in the Great Lakes Region were exemplary. As aerospace education officer for Illinois Wing’s Lake County Composite Squadron, he developed and implemented a comprehensive squadron aerospace education Plan of Action. His Plan of Action fosters the recruitment and retention of teachers and students from diverse population to participate in the traditionally non-diverse occupations of flying, flight instruction and aerospace education."

Capt. Mordechai Levin prepares to conduct an Orientation Flight for Cadet Daniel Berkin — then a Cadet Airman, now Cadet Staff Sergeant — during a round of such flights for the Palwaukee Composite Squadron at Chicago Executive Airport. Photo by Capt. Brian Pokuta, Illinois Wing

Capt. Levin coaches Civil Air Patrol cadets during an International Space Station/Johnson Control Center simulator mission sponsored by the Masterflight Foundation at the Challenger Center in Woodstock, Ill. Photos by Capt. James Kalemis, Illinois Wing.

During the 2006 Illinois Wing Conference, Levin led a seminar and discussion for aerospace education officers on how to develop and implement their own Plans of Action. Levin’s approach to capacity building includes developing both the financial resources to independently support programming and the fostering of regional partnerships in plans and programs.

Examples of this are participation in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and the Challenger Center Space Mission. During the 2006 NCASE, Levin met with the manager of TARC from the Aerospace Industries Association, where he was encouraged to establish the CAP-Illinois Wing Team for the 2007 TARC.

Levin facilitated the promoting of the program across the state, finding participants and mentors, arranging a meeting location and procuring funding. He also assembled a team of 12 cadets from multiple squadrons and groups in Northern Illinois. Thirty four cadets from five squadrons and two groups, with independent financial sponsorship, will participate in a Challenger Center Space Mission simulation as a result of Levin’s efforts in 2006.

Masterflight Foundation Treasurer, Lupe Lopez, Coaching Challenger Center Mission Cadets

About Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America‘s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than 500,000 hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, making CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. CAP was charged with three primary missions – aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

With the passage of Public Law 106-398 in October 2000, Congress provided that "The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when the services of the Civil Air Patrol are used by any department or agency in any branch of the federal government."

About the Frank G. Brewer-Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Awards

The Brewer awards are presented in commemoration of Frank G. Brewer, Sr. because of his lifelong interest in aviation, youth, and education. Recognition is given to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions, out of selfless devotion, to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities. Nominees are evaluated on CAP program support, significance of accomplishment, community involvement, and support of all facets of the aerospace education mission.

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