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By 1st Lt Elias Roman-Rivera
December 15, 2018
Puerto Rico Wing efforts results in the most wreaths placed at the Puerto Rico National Cemetery at Bayamón, PR on 15th December 2018
By 1st Lt Elias Roman-Rivera
December 8, 2018
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November 20, 2018
C/Lt Col Angelymar Sanchez had the opportunity to be presented with her Solo Wing by the General Goldfein. Cadet Sanchez was introduced to General Goldfein as the first CAP cadet to be recipient of the CAP Continental Motor Group Scholarship; granted ...
By Lt Col Judy Steele
October 17, 2018
Florida and Georgia Wings, Civil Air Patrol have flown 122 sorties and have taken over 6,200 photos for assessment of Michael's damage. Lt. Col. Jerusha McLeod Dooley of the National Capital Wing in the District of Columbia, originally from the Des ...

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Gen. Smith Discusses CAP, Aviation Past with Air Force's Airman Magazine
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 21:50:28 -0600

National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith talks about all things Civil Air Patrol in an interview posted Tuesday atop the homepage of Airman Magazine’s website.

Airman is the official magazine of the U.S. Air Force. It’s published bimonthly online by the Defense Media Activity group and is considered a major publication of the U.S. Air Force.

Entitled “Serving, Saving, Shaping,” the Airman post includes a 4½-minute video of Smith’s interview, which was conducted in December in Washington, D.C. He was interviewed by Joseph Eddins, and a transcript of a portion of the question-and-answer session is also posted on the website.

On Wednesday, Smith responded to the post, saying he was grateful for the experience.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity to tell Airmen across the world about Civil Air Patrol,” he said. “It is my hope that it will make them and others more aware of the capabilities of CAP and encourage them to one day join us in our many missions for America.”

In the Airman interview, Smith talked about a life-changing mentor who guided him to the Air Force Academy, which allowed him to fulfill his childhood dream of being a fighter pilot.

Smith told Eddins the experience has greatly affected his current mission to build CAP cadets into leaders of the future. “I love to talk to young people about the power of mentorship because it’s something that made a fundamental difference in my life and being able to achieve my life goal,” he said.

The Airman transcript includes an old photo of Smith and one of his mentor, the late Air Force Reserve Maj. Ray Powell. Another photo from his career in the Air Force shows Smith in the 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

But much of the transcript deals with CAP and Smith’s post as national commander/CEO, which he called “the best job in the world.”

He told Eddins two things attracted him to CAP — the volunteers who make up the Air Force auxiliary and the ability to continuing flying in service to his country.

“These are amazing people who are giving of their time, treasure and talents to serve community, state and nation and doing a wide variety of amazing things,” Smith said. “So what’s not to like about that? Then the stick and rudder flying, of course I love airplanes, love flying, and it’s nice to still do that.”

Other interview topics ranged from CAP’s rich history to its current role as a force-multiplier for the Air Force. Smith talked about the organization’s steadily increasing role in America’s homeland security as the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force.

“We have 61,500 volunteers who are passionate about being volunteer Airmen and making a difference for community, state and nation,” Smith said. “CAP is unlike any other volunteer organization I’ve ever seen. They’re doing things that are helping on an operational level, whether it’s disaster response or search and rescue or developing young people to be highly successful and ethical leaders for the next generation.”

John Salvador, CAP’s chief operating officer, said Smith’s interview was a first for the organization.

“This is the first time CAP’s national commander/CEO has ever been interviewed by the Air Force for a major story,” he said. “We appreciate Airman Magazine taking the time to do this.”

Ill. Squadron's 7th Spaatz Recipient Welcomed by Previous 6
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:53:01 -0600

Maj. Greg Hoffeditz
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Illinois Wing

When Cadet Col. Samuel A. Ward received Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, he was the seventh member of the Illinois Wing’s Scott Composite Squadron to do so in 50 years – and all six of his predecessors were there for the presentation.

Lt. Gen. Jon T. Thomas, Air Mobility Command’s deputy commander, presented Ward with Spaatz award No. 2,198 during a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base. Looking on were:

  • Ernest L. Lockwood, Spaatz No. 76, December 1968;
  • Col. Joe Abegg, No. 399, September 1976;
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Byrd, No. 454, December 1977;
  • Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Rod Repp, No. 1,246 , April 1995;
  • Air Force Lt. Col. Nicholas Delcour, No. 1,305, August 1996; and
  • Derrek White, No.1,326, May 1997

Each received a personal introduction by the event emcee, Lt. Col. Jacob Hiles, commander of the Scott squadron.

After receiving the Spaatz, Lockwood went on to work with NASA as a flight control specialist at Johnson Space Center in Houston and as a satellite engineer at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Upon retirement, he became the director of aviation at Southwestern Illinois College. At 18, he was certified as a cadet flight instructor in CAP.


Abegg is commander of CAP’s New Jersey Wing and has been a member of the organization for 44 years. He has served as national director of emergency services and as the Northeast Region’s deputy chief of staff for operations. A retired Air Force Reserves C-141 pilot, he is a captain with United Airlines.

As a cadet, Byrd trained at Hawk Mountain, visited Sweden as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange and commanded 100 participants at a summer encampment. He retired after 30 years as a Security Forces officer and is a reserve deputy sheriff in Washington state. Byrd traveled the farthest to be part of the Spaatz gathering.

Repp is the specialist section chief for the 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Scott AFB. He also serves as the 932nd Maintenance Group’s Wing Inspection Team chief. In the civilian sector, he is the lead information technology systems specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Technology Center in St. Louis.

Delcour is the deputy director of command and control in the 618th Air Operations Center at Scott, where he assists the director in executing worldwide Mobility Air Forces tanker and airlift missions. He has 4,750 flight hours in the E-11A, C-17A, C-5A/B/C T-1, and T-37, of which 1,600 were combat hours.

Delcour was also instrumental in recruiting the next Spaatz recipient to the unit. White is a Department of Defense civilian contractor working at the Air Force Network Interoperabilty Center at Scott as an airborne network engineer.

Only one-half of 1 percent of CAP cadets achieve the Spaatz award. Doing so requires completing a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing moral reasoning and comprehensive written exams on leadership and on aerospace education.

Ward is attending the Marion Military Institute in Alabama and has a provisional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a distinguished graduate of CAP’s Cadet Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

“It was pretty incredible to be part of someone else’s celebration of such a noteworthy accomplishment,” Delcour said afterward.

“To have all seven of us present at once could very well be the first of its kind — a rarity so special that may never be seen again—and so phenomenal; I couldn’t be more proud to be part of it and relive some of my own accomplishments with old and new friends in the great Civil Air Patrol!” he said.

One of the old friends he referred to was Chris Jeter, who drove some 800 miles from Abilene, Texas, for the event. As a senior cadet, Jeter was a powerful influence on Repp, Delcour and White during their early years in CAP.

“It was incredible and emotional for us prior Spaatz recipients to all get together and for us to see how getting our Spaatz awards jumpstarted us all to very successful careers,” Abegg said. “The self-discipline, the dedication, the service before self and drive for excellence obviously built a strong foundation in us that propelled us for future success.”

“It was also a great inspiration and booster shot for our current cadets to see the follow-on rewards of hard work now,” he added. “So many of our nation's youth don't seem to get that. The core values that CAP instills in our cadets pays great dividends for their future and the future of America.”

CAP’s command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dandridge, an avid cadet program supporter and leader, also attended the ceremony. “For me, seeing seven Spaatz award certificates side by side on seven easels was very impressive and motivating for the many cadets looking on,” Dandridge said. “Let us – together – help prepare and mentor the next Spaatz award cadets in their journey.”

Photos by Maj. Greg Hoffeditz

Photos by Maj. Greg Hoffeditz


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Pacific Region Leaders Honored for Nuclear Attack False Alarm Response
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:38:05 -0600

Cols. Tim Hahn and Jeff Wong were presented with Civil Air Patrol’s Exceptional Service Medal for their actions in January 2018 when false warnings of an imminent nuclear attack on Hawaii were broadcast to the area.

The warnings were broadcast to cell phones, television and radio as CAP’s Pacific Region leaders were convening for their annual Commander’s Call the morning of Jan. 13 at the Coconut Beach Marriott in Kapaa. Hahn and Wong took charge of the situation and began organizing a shelter-in-place plan for not only CAP members but also civilian guests of the hotel.

Without their actions, panic could have ensued at the hotel.

Hahn is interim commander of the Alaska Wing as well as Pacific Region vice commander. He previously commanded the Nevada Wing.

Wong is Pacific Region government relations adviser and served as Hawaii Wing commander from March 2013-April 2015.


Va. Wing Announces $10,500 in Scholarships for 17 Cadets
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:03:33 -0600

Capt. Jacob Bixler
Director of Cadet Programs
Virginia Wing 

The Virginia Wing has aannounced $10,500 in scholarships awarded to support the advancement of pilot training and career exploration for 17 Civil Air Patrol cadets from 10 squadrons throughout the state. Funding for the scholarships was provided by the state and a private donor.

Three cadets were selected to receive $2,000 flight scholarships each toward pursuit of a solo endorsement or private pilot’s certificate.

Cadet Lt. Col. Julie Demyanovich of the Prince William Composite Squadron will use the money to continue training with American Aviation in pursuit of her private pilot’s certificate. She also plans to obtain her instrument rating and work on totaling enough hours to be an orientation flight pilot for CAP.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Joan Gibson of the Burke Composite Squadron will continue her flight training at Aviation Adventures flight school in Manassas. She projects to complete minimum private pilot hours by June.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Maggie Morrison of the Southside Composite Squadron will use the pursue flight training with CAP out of Hanover County Municipal Airport. She looks forward to taking her check ride after she turns 17.

Four cadets were selected to receive $250 scholarships toward their first hour of flight instruction:

  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ethan Large, Tidewater Composite Squadron;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ralph Morrison, Southside Composite Squadron;
  • · Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Luvera, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron; and
  • · Cadet Airman Kyrieanne Pardue, Winchester Composite Squadron.

The four scholarships were awarded through a private donor who wanted to honor the memory of  James E. Feir, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at George Washington University, by introducing youth to the joy of flying.

These four cadets were selected to receive $500 scholarships to be applied toward their participation in a CAP National Special Cadet Activity, contingent on receiving a slot in the activity:

  • · Cadet Lt. Col. John Sharp, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – International Air Cadet Exchange;
  • · Cadet Capt. Deannah Bennett, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – National Flight Academy;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ranger Matthew, Hanover Composite Squadron – for National Blue Beret; and
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Regan Smith, Leesburg Composite Squadron – National Flight Academy.

These cadets were selected to receive $250 scholarships to be applied toward a CAP National Special Cadet Activity, contingent on receiving a slot in the activity:

  • · Cadet 1st Lt. Andrew Bennett, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron ­– Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course;
  • · Cadet 1st Lt. Seth Wassenberg, Hanover Composite Squadron – National Blue Beret;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Elijah Fassero, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – National Blue Beret;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Lucas Zarling, Prince William Composite Squadron – Engineering Technologies Academy;
  •   Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Noah Lankford, Roanoke Composite Squadron –  National Flight Academy; and
  • · Cadet Master Sgt. Michael Kricheldorf, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – Hawk Mountain Ranger School.