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By Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
May 16, 2018
STEM kits provided by annual program offers unique learning experiences that enhance current CAP educational curriculum and programs.
By 1st Lt. James Chamberland Sr.
May 15, 2018
An update on Austin Alonso's uphill battle after being diagnosed with a tumor on his brain stem, including all the challenges.
By Lt Col Judy Steele
May 10, 2018
"We cannot prevent a major catastrophe, but in an organization like this, we have volunteers who sacrifice their personal time, weekends and family to prepare themselves to support our country and their communities in times of need," Lt. Co ...
By Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
April 27, 2018
Florida House Representative Michael Grant presented a Mitchell Award and Tribute Proclamation to Justin Anthony McDonald to the Group 5 cadet during a recent ceremony.

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CAP Observes 70th Anniversary as Official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
Fri, 25 May 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Civil Air Patrol marks its 70th anniversary today as the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force – a role authorized by Congress with Public Law 80-557 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on May 26, 1948.

Before that, CAP had served in support of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The 1948 law ensured that the partnership would continue with the newly formed Air Force, which was created Sept. 18, 1947.

The relationship reached another level in August 2015 with the announcement that the all-volunteer auxiliary would be included as a strategic partner in the Air Force’s Total Force, joining members of the active Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

After seven decades, CAP continues to fulfill its role as the Air Force auxiliary through such vital services as assisting with aerial intercept and unmanned aerial vehicle training, disaster relief aerial reconnaissance, and search and rescue missions assigned by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

CAP helps save 80 lives on average each year, but with more than one-third of fiscal 2018 remaining the organization has already shattered that number with 115 lives saved, mostly through the efforts of its National Cell Phone Forensics and National Radar Analysis teams.

"For 70 years now, we at Civil Air Patrol have been honored to provide support to the U.S. Air Force as its volunteer auxiliary. Our members stand ready to assist the Air Force whenever and wherever called upon to help carry out its vital missions," said CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, who retired as an Air Force colonel in 2000 after 26 years of military service.

"The Air Force commends Civil Air Patrol for its invaluable support as our volunteer auxiliary not only today but over the last seven decades,” said Air Force Col. Michael Tyynismaa, CAP-USAF commander.

“CAP-USAF looks forward to helping ensure that this partnership continues to grow.”

As the anniversary approaches, CAP is highlighting the following major missions carried out in support of the Air Force:

  • Aircrews from wings across the U.S. fly CAP Cessnas on nearly 700 air defense intercept training sorties a year to help train and evaluate Air Force pilots who must intercept low and slow aircraft in their high-speed jets. CAP works with Air Force evaluators to check effectiveness and responsiveness during an intercept, while also supporting their day-to-day training events.
  • CAP assists Air Force missions out of Syracuse, New York, in which MQ-9 Reapers – a remote piloted aircraft used worldwide – are escorted from Syracuse to the Fort Drum training area. Flying four to six days a week, CAP aircrews ensure the Reapers are operating properly and are safely escorted from the Syracuse airport to military operating areas. 
  • CAP members participate in Green Flag operations in Louisiana and Nevada, flying Cessnas outfitted to simulate imagery provided by remotely piloted aircraft, often so well that troops on the ground don’t know the difference. This imagery is sometimes the only aviation aid provided for training because of commitments of other Air Force units.
  • Multiple CAP wings help carry out Defense Support for Civil Authorities missions for the Air Force in response to major natural disasters. Most recently, 1,061 members from 44 wings supported missions in 2017 in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, providing 498,397 images for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other emergency responders to use in evaluating damage and deciding how best to marshal relief efforts.

In addition, while CAP celebrates 70 years as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP cadets – as young as 12 –represent the future. Upon donning the uniform, cadets begin thinking of themselves not as kids but as airmen, challenged by Air Force Core Values. They’re physically fit and goal-driven, and they see themselves as part of America’s solution to the pilot shortage. This summer, 10,000 cadets will explore Air Force career fields, including pararescue, cyber, space operations and more.

CAP’s support for the Air Force also extends to the organization’s aerospace education program, which helps interest cadets and students from K-12 in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects that are vital in training the nation’s next generation of airmen.

As a recipient of National Defense Education Program funds administered by the Air Force’s STEM Outreach Coordination Office, CAP provides educators throughout the U.S. with free STEM Kits that enable students to explore programs associated with astronomy, flight simulation, model and remote-control aircraft, robotics, rocketry, weather, hydraulic engineering, computer programming, coding, circuitry and math.

National Commander Presents Awards to Top Air Force Academy Cadets
Mon, 21 May 2018 15:00:23 -0500

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol's national commander/CEO and himself an Air Force Academy graduate, presented a pair of CAP-sponsored awards to graduating cadets from the class of 2018 today at the end of the academy's academic year.

Smith presented:

  • Cadet 1st Class Ben Hook with an award recognizing  the top scholastic rating among graduating cadets who are current or former CAP members. Hook is a former cadet member of the Colorado Wing's Air Academy Cadet Squadron and he received CAP's top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in February 2014.
  • The Outstanding Cadet in Military Strategic Studies Award to Cadet 1st Class Riley Murray during the academy's Departmental Award Ceremony.

"I am proud to represent Civil Air Patrol in honoring these two fine cadets for excellence in performance here at the Air Force Academy," Smith said. "The significance of the honor they're receiving is especially meaningful to me as an Academy graduate."

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Wing News


Hawaii Wing Providing Aerial Photos of Volcano Eruptions
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:58:50 -0500

The Hawaii Wing has made three damage assessment flights over the Kīlauea volcanic eruptions, producing 30-70 photos on each sortie for the state Emergency Management Agency to use in evaluating the blasts’ impact and deciding how best to respond.

Lyman Field Composite Squadron aircrews flew sorties May 13 and May 20 to photograph Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone and active lava eruptions and also carried out a May 15 flight to provide a visual height estimate and photos of the Kīlauea summit ash eruption. Operating under the wing’s memorandum of understanding with the Hawaii EMA, seven wing members have participated in the mission, with the Lyman Field Composite Squadron providing support.

The U.S. Geographical Survey has used photos from all three missions and publicly shared the CAP aircrew’s height estimate, which news outlets shared worldwide.

Hundreds of small earthquakes in Kīlauea’s East Rift zone prompted evacuation warnings early this month. On May 3 the volcano erupted in lower Puna after a 5.0 earthquake earlier in the day. Additional explosive eruptions have ensued, producing massive lava flows. Officials have warned that lava flowing into the ocean is forming a hazardous haze known as “laze” that contains microscopic shards of glass that are dangerous to inhale.

First Lt. John Bassett served as mission pilot on the sorties, with Capt. Carol Murray serving as mission observer on May 13 and May 15; 2nd Lt. Susan Bassett as mission scanner May 15 and mission observer May 20; and 2nd Lt. Jason Ozbolt as mission scanner on May 20.


Miss. Wing Provides AFB Crash Site Photos
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:47:40 -0500

The Mississippi Wing provided geotagged aerial photos of a crash site this afternoon on short notice after a T-38 Talon trainer from Columbus Air Force Base crashed on takeoff about a half-mile off the end of the runway.

After learning of the 8:30 a.m. crash, in which the instructor pilot and student pilot ejected safely with minimal injuries, Mississippi Wing Commander Col. David A. "Hank" Rogers called to offer the wing’s support to its incident commander, Lt. Col. Michael Hainsey, director of Golden Triangle Regional Airport as well as a member of the Golden Triangle Composite Squadron.

About 1 p.m. Hainsey responded to a request for a photo sortie by contacting Senior Member Philip Poeppelman, mission pilot, and Maj. Zach Rowland, aerial photographer, who told him they could be at the airport within an hour.

Within 30 minutes of submitting the necessary information to Civil Air Patrol’s National Operations Center, Hainsey received mission approval from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Golden Triangle squadron members Poeppelman and Rowland provided the requested photos after about 40 minutes aloft in a CAP Cessna 172, ending their mission about 3:30 p.m.

“The bottom line is everyone was very mission-oriented -- an outstanding example of how CAP can respond to and meet Air Force taskings on a short notice,” Hainsey said.