Around the Region

By Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
November 27, 2017
Members from Marco Island, Naples Senior, and Naples Cadet Squadrons of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) keep skills sharpened with weekend training exercise.
By Southeast Region Public Affairs
November 8, 2017
SER Ch/Lt Col Linda Pugsley will be carrying the banner of all who served in the nation's military while serving as grand marshal in this weekend's Veterans Day Parade. Civil Air Patrol personnel participate in many Veteran's Day Parades to ...
By 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll
November 6, 2017
Cadets from the SRQ Composite Squadron join cadets from Florida Wing Groups 3 and 5 for a search and rescue training weekend.
By Florida Wing Public Affairs
November 5, 2017
Florida Wing Group 7 is bouncing back from the huricanes that damaged much of their area to participate in a parade to honor our veterans. We are proud of our cadets as they show off their skills to the world outside Civil Air Patrol.

National Headline


Air Force Assn. announces new partnership with CAP
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:45:46 -0600

The Air Force Association announced today a new partnership with Civil Air Patrol designed to advance both organizations’ mission to promote aerospace education in communities nationwide.

The statement of mutual support, signed in Arlington, Virginia, by retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Association president, and Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol national commander, calls for AFA and CAP to pair CAP squadrons and AFA chapters for the purpose of advocating for aerospace education at the local, state and regional levels.

“Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force Association have made strides in promoting national defense for decades, even before the inception of the Air Force,” Spencer said. “In an era so intensely focused on national security, it is crucial that our two organizations partner to make sure the Air Force’s voice is heard.”

“This is an exceptional opportunity for both organizations,” Smith said. “Partnering with the Air Force Association will open doors for both CAP and AFA to impact local communities.”

As part of the statement of mutual support, Civil Air Patrol is giving AFA members who “opt in” two years of free enrollment in its Friends of CAP program, which offers interested individuals a way to stay connected with CAP without the obligations or commitments involved with regular membership. As a Friend of CAP, AFA members will also receive an electronic subscription to Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine and an invitation to visit a local CAP squadron or special CAP event.

AFA is providing similar benefits, including full AFA e-memberships for two years to every current and new CAP member who opts in, as well as providing unit and educator grants to support CAP squadron initiatives in aerospace education and STEM and continuing to provide CAP with opportunities to participate in AFA’s national CyberPatriot program. AFA will also promote CAP’s Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program with AFA chapters nationwide.


Calling All Cadets: 'Tis the Season
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:40:15 -0600

Each spring, Civil Air Patrol provides academic and flight scholarships to deserving cadets. Besides helping to fund cadets at summer activities and encampments, CAP offers scholarships to help cover the costs for learning to fly — either through attendance at a CAP flight academy or for instruction to advance toward a flight rating — and for pursuing higher education, whether in college or at a trade school.

CAP cadets are eligible for over $350,000 in awards, but applicants must sign up now — before the Dec. 31 deadline.

“Civil Air Patrol believes in our cadets and is dedicated to making a sound investment in their future,” said Wendy Hamilton, program manager for National Cadet Special Activities, or NCSAs. “Many of our cadets attribute their successes in life to what they learned in CAP.

“These scholarships help perpetuate that process, helping to train our youth to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

To learn more about CAP’s academic and flight scholarship or to get started, visit the cadet program’s Scholarship Home Page.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in March.

Last year, CAP’s cadet scholarship program donors helped the cadet program nearly double its number of scholarship recipients, from 46 in 2016 to 90 in 2017, representing 36 of the 52 CAP wings.

One of those recipients was Cadet Col. Mici Cummings, a member of the Virginia Wing’s Leesburg Composite Squadron, who received a $1,900 academic scholarship.

Cummings is attending her first semester at the University of Virginia, where she is majoring in aerospace engineering. “I am grateful for the CAP scholarship, because there are so few merit-based scholarships available,” she said, adding the scholarship was particularly meaningful to her because she chose her major as a result of attending the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course, one of about 50 NCSAs, in 2016.

“In my opinion, one of the best aspects of Civil Air Patrol is the opportunity to attend NCSAs, because they allow cadets to learn leadership skills and explore various career options,” Cummings said. “Prior to attending AFSPC-FC, I was unsure of what I wanted to study in college.

“If not for CAP and this NCSA, it is unlikely that I would have discovered aerospace as a career option,” she said.

Donations to the scholarship program can be made here.

Those wishing to create an honorary or memorial scholarship should contact the CAP Development Office by email or by phone at 877-227-9142, ext. 225.

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eServices Updates


National Headquarters Holiday closing schedule
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:37:56 CDT
National Headquarters Holiday closing schedule
CAP-AFA Partnership
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:49:07 CDT
CAP-AFA Partnership
Watch Secretary of Air Force on Facebook Live tomorrow
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:19:19 CDT
Watch Secretary of Air Force on Facebook Live tomorrow
R40-2 Test Admin Preview (replaces R50-4)
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:46:58 CDT
R40-2 Test Admin Preview (replaces R50-4)
R70-1 Flight Mgmt (was R60-1) Effective Today
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:42:36 CDT
R70-1 Flight Mgmt (was R60-1) Effective Today
**CAPWATCH Process Change - Update**
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:54:59 CDT
**CAPWATCH Process Change - Update**
Maj Gen Mark Smith video series - Preserving CAP's History
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:34:05 CDT
Maj Gen Mark Smith video series - Preserving CAP's History

Wing News


Maine Wing Ground Teams Answer Call for Search Assistance
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:19:02 -0600

Maine Wing ground teams responded after a 50-year-old woman failed to return from an evening walk the day before.

Game wardens from the Maine Warden Service found the woman early this morning walking on a local road shortly after searchers from Civil Air Patrol, the warden service, local fire departments and volunteer teams had assembled at the Bradford Town Office. Temperatures had fallen to the teens and single digits overnight.

Ground team members from squadrons in Bangor, Bar Harbor, Lewiston and Portland responded, and the Maine Wing Communications Trailer was set up overnight to assist ground communication and coordination.

Creed Named Great Lakes Region Commander
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:32:58 -0600

Col. Matthew R. Creed has been selected as the new commander of the Great Lakes Region.

The change of command will take place Jan. 13 in the Chicago area. Creed will succeed Col. Fred R. Rosenberg, who has been the interim commander since September.

Creed served as Indiana Wing commander from May 2013-October 2016 and most recently served as the Great Lakes Region’s deputy chief of staff for professional development.

He has been a pilot for SkyWest Airlines since November 2011. He is currently an assistant chief pilot, based at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, and a line check airman. He is also a licensed paramedic.

A member of CAP since February 2004, before becoming wing commander Creed served as the wing’s vice commander, chief of staff and director of operations, Earlier, he had served as commander of Indiana Wing Groups III and V and of the wing’s Falcon Composite Squadron.

Before rejoining CAP as a senior member he was a cadet in the Kentucky Wing from 1986-1989. He transferred to the Indiana Wing from the Kentucky Wing in 2006.

"Col. Creed's extensive aviation background and his broad experience in CAP make him an ideal choice to be the next Great Lakes Region commander," said Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, national commander. "He has served admirably in several key leadership roles on both the wing and region level. My staff and I look forward to working with him in his new role."

Middle Tenn. State University Delegation Delivers Supplies to Beleaguered Puerto Rico Family
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:11:33 -0600

In one moment Wednesday, when Luz Cortes hugged her son, Raymond Cintron, the reason for Middle Tennessee State University’s Raider Relief mission with Civil Air Patrol in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico became clear.

“That moment was when we realized what we did — all the fundraising, the donations, the flight here — was helping Raymond’s family survive,” said Darrell Freeman, vice chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees and an MTSU alumnus.

“And they were so very happy, so very grateful, for our True Blue family."

Raider Relief, launched earlier this month by Freeman, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis, raised money and supplies for Cintron’s family.

Cintron, a star guard for the basketball Blue Raiders in 2011-13, has been displaced to the Orlando area from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that devastated Puerto Rico in September.

His family remains on the island and was in dire need of medicine, food and generators -- all of which were stuffed into Freeman’s aircraft.

On Wednesday, with the help of CAP’s Puerto Rico Wing, MTSU’s partner with its Department of Aerospace, Cintron’s family got the aid it desperately needed. Freeman flew Cintron, McPhee, school Vice President Andrew Oppmann — a lieutenant colonel in Civil Air Patrol  — and university pilot Terry Dorris, who served as co-pilot, on the seven-hour journey.

“It means everything to me,” Cintron said. “This is something very, very special. This will remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives.”

The MTSU group flew back to Murfreesboro today. McPhee credited the Puerto Rico volunteers for making the final stages of Raider Relief possible.

“Our CAP partners overcame an island-wide power outage to assemble here, with volunteers and trucks, and get this aid to Raymond’s family,” McPhee said. “Without Trustee Freeman’s plane and the Civil Air Patrol, none of this would have happened.”

Col. Carlos Fernandez, Puerto Rico Wing commander, said his volunteers were happy to assist with Raider Relief.

“We’re in the business of helping people,” he said. “This is what we do.”