Former CAP Cadet Recognized
for Heroic Pararescue Actions – described as "t he military’s media and lifestyle brand ... Celebrating military service with stories that inspire" – has named a former Florida and National Capital Wing cadet, Staff Sgt. Thomas Culpepper, as one of “6 Air Force Pararescuemen Who Risked It All 'That Others May Live’" in an article sponsored by the movie "The Last Full Measure."

Culpepper was honored with the U.S. Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his heroic actions during a helicopter rescue in Afghanistan in 2011. An article in the July-September 2014 issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer examined that mission as well as his cadet experience’s impact on his military career and his life.
Community Service Follows in Wake of
Puerto Rico Disaster
Puerto Rico Wing members have become a mainstay in the Points of Distribution (PODs) where food, water, clothing and other necessities are available for island residents affected by a Jan. 7 earthquake, continuing aftershocks and additional damage caused by heavy rains and flooding.

Thousands of people remain in shelters or are living in unofficial tent communities because of fear their homes will collapse as seismic activity continues.

From 20-40 CAP members a day, a mix of cadets and senior members, have reported to various PODs to assist with sorting and distributing these items. With most schools closed because of the disaster, the cadets are keeping busy and serving their communities.

Eight CAP squadrons are based in the southwestern part of the island, which has been most heavily affected by the earthquakes.
Members Team Up for Youth Program
at Meteorology Society Conference
Meteorologically savvy members the Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Virginia wings provided the expertise and experience for an aviation weather presentation to Boston youth during the 100th anniversary meeting of the American Meteorological Society, the nation's largest such group.
N.H. Wing Welcomes New Commander
Col. Darin Ninness (right) assumed command of the New Hampshire Wing on Jan. 15, succeeding Col. Kevin Harbison in a ceremony at Wing Headquarters in Concord.

Col. Jack Ozer (left), Northeast Region commander, officiated at the change of command ceremony. 

“We have a fantastic team of volunteer airmen here in the Granite State,” Ninness said. “I’m looking forward to working with our members and state partners to continue our service to New Hampshire and the United States.”

Before taking command, Ninness served as CAP national recruiting and retention manager and New Hampshire Wing chief of staff.
A Michigan Wing photographer captured this image of an F-16C from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing performing an intercept maneuver over Michigan's Thumb region during a Fertile Keynote training mission. The CAP aircrew was flying as a target for pilots from the 180th.
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ACE Program Achieves Record Participation
Civil Air Patrol's K-6th grade Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) Program has reached record numbers with significant increases over the last school year.

Registration for the 2019-20 school year opened in August and closed Jan. 1.

Final numbers are:

  • 76,323 students (49% increase);

  • 1,274 teachers (39% increase);

  • 515 schools (50% increase); and

  • All 52 wings (13% increase).
The Week's Top Headlines
" Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program Helps Promote Aviation,
Prepare Future Leaders "

" Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron to Compete in Color Guard
Competition on Fort Leonard Wood"
- Guidon (Mo.)

" Up, Up and Away: Teacher Takes Off With Civil Air Patrol"
- Tifton Gazette (Ga.)

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