April 2021
News for Alumni & Friends
Citizens Serving Communities to Save Lives and Shape Lives

Inside This Issue..Oregon cadet team captures StellarXplorers crown, Gen. Raymond inspires cadets, cadets and a day in the life, scholarship fuels cadet's race for space, Tax Day tips, CAP CyberPatriot team places nationally, saving lives outside the pandemic, more ABUs for squadrons, former cadet involved in Mars helicopter design, free estate planning resources, Final Salute and more...
Oregon Team Captures StellarXplorers
National STEM Competition Crown
(and you'll love their team name!)
The Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite Squadron cadet team is champion of StellarXplorers, the Air Force Association’s national STEM high school competition – marking a first for Civil Air Patrol.

Competing as the Africanized Killer Bees, the team followed up last year’s second-place national finish by taking the StellarXplorers VII overall title.
Space Force Exec Addresses CAP Cadets
U.S. Air Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, recently completed this video, which includes a big shout-out to Civil Air Patrol's 20,000 cadets.
These prominent themes occur throughout Raymond's video: STEM, innovation, space careers, diversity and international partnerships. The video will be published soon as the lead-in video for the “best of” STEM sessions that CAP jointly hosted with the Space Force in December as part of the latter's first anniversary celebration. 
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Miner, CAP's liaison to the Space Force, compiled the “best of” sessions and led the project.   
Cadets In Action

This video was recently posted on YouTube by a CAP cadet. We think you'll enjoy the music and the clips of cadets "at work."
After I watched the cadets in action...
I am ready to join them in the activities, count me in!
I need a couple of ibuprofens and a nap.
I am proud of the character, leadership and fitness skills they are learning.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Detroit Chapter 9 Offers Scholarship Through CAP Foundation
and Fuels CAP Cadet's Race for Space
DETROIT - It is not every day you hear someone say that they really enjoy researching and analyzing particles, or that their life goal is to be a nuclear or rocket scientist.

Yet you could hear just that from 19-year-old Cadet/Lt Col Catherine Ballard. With encouragement from her parents to pursue her interests, she went from watching a robotics competition to taking part in one to now majoring in nuclear engineering and radiological science at the University of Michigan.

“I want to work on spacecraft and monitoring the radiation they experience,” Ballard said. “I find it really interesting dealing with small particles and their effects.”
It's After April 15, But for Some... It is Still Tax Season. A Few Quick Tips to Help
Are you organizing your finances before the tax deadline? Join our most tax-savvy supporters with two ways you can save on your tax bill while supporting CAP. Here are a couple of ideas, courtesy of CAP's Development team:

Donate stocks — CAP supporters who donate appreciated stocks save on two types of taxes as they support our nation’s communities in emergencies. 
Give from your IRA — Tax-free IRA gifts are powerful ways to help provide comfort in times of disaster — and for our many supporters over 70.5 years of age, they offer a huge financial benefit. IRA gifts reduce your future tax burden and can fulfill your Required Minimum Distribution for 2021. 
Thanks Air Force Association!
California Cadets Place 3rd Nationally in CyberPatriot Competition
The third time in the CyberPatriot All Service Division national finals was the charm for the California Wing's Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 cadet team, which finished third overall in the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and won the division's Cisco NetAcad Challenge.

Fullerton previously reached the title round  in 2018 -- when two teams from the unit made the championship round -- and 2019.
Saving Lives Outside the Pandemic Arena
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
Spring Cleaning for Air Force ABUs ...
Don't Miss Out!
Since mandatory wear for OCPs (Operational Camouflage Pattern) began April 1 for the U.S. Air Force, serviceable Airman Battle Uniforms, or ABUs, can be transferred to local CAP wings and squadrons. 
Reach out to a local CAP squadron, local Airman’s Attic, Army and Air Force Exchange Services, OTS Shoppettes, Air Force Reserve, Air Force Sergeants Association, Air National Guard, public affairs offices of active duty, Reserve and Guard units, and area college/university ROTC detachments to support our squadron resources.
Alumni Spotlight
Former Louisiana Cadet
Worked on Mars Helicopter Design
A former Louisiana Wing cadet, Rebecca Oppenheim, and fellow engineers on her NASA design team nervously watched and waited for the signal that the Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, had completed its first flight on the Red Planet.
That signal came April 19 with news the solar-powered helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet...
Register Now for Free Estate Planning Webinars
CAP is offering two free estate planning webinars in May.
“Estate Planning and Supporting Your Civil Air Patrol”
Estate planning is a must in order to ensure one's final wishes are recorded and carried out. Webinar participants will learn ways to create a will, as well as important considerations for making advanced health care directives, a durable power of attorney, and what happens to your digital assets (online presence) after death.
(Presented by Kristina Jones, CAP's chief of philanthropy and CAP Foundation executive director.)
“Estate Planning and Trusts: Smart Strategies”
This one-hour session will focus on:
·   What is probate and how can it impact your family?
·   Types of trusts — what are the advantages?
·   Looking for strategies to eliminate or minimize estate and inheritance taxes?
·   Interested in asset protection strategies should you divorce or remarry?
·   Ways to build and protect your legacy.
·   Brief Q&A.
(Presented by Celeste E. Arduino, Bodman Attorneys & Counselors, and provided as a service by Integrated Fiduciary Advisory Services and the CAP Foundation.)
Both classes are intended to offer information as a service to CAP members, donors and friends and is not to be construed as legal or financial advice.
Civil Air Patrol Final Salute
CAP offers friends and family the ability to make gifts in memory or honor of someone special. Tribute/memorial gifts made through the link below are listed in each issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine.
Civil Air Patrol - Development
Kristina E. Jones, M.A., CFRE, Chief of Philanthropy
Col. John M. Knowles, CAP, Deputy Chief of Alumni Relations
Donna Bass Maraman, Development Manager
Rebecca Stovall, Donor Database Specialist

(334) 953-9003 Direct
(833) IAM-4CAP Toll Free
Interested in talking about the legacy you want to leave?
Contact Kristina Jones, Chief of Philanthropy, at legacy@gocivilairpatrol.org