August 2020
News for Alumni & Friends
Citizens Serving Communities to Shape Lives and Save Lives

Inside this Issue... CAP alumna and U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost assumes command of Air Mobility Command, record-breaking National Conference success highlights alumnus Capt. Julian Gluck and CAP Innovations Initiatives, CAP Emergency Services gets international recognition, Alumni Spotlights U.S. Air Force Ben Vowell, FreeWill offers free resources, cadet for a day, Final Salute, and more!
CAP Alumna and U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost Becomes Military's Only Female Four Star
U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, the new commander of Air Mobility Command and the only female four-star on active duty, is a former Civil Air Patrol cadet.

Ovost assumed command of AMC on Aug. 20 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The command's mission is to provide rapid global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces.

Ovost was a CAP cadet in what is now the Florida Wing's Treasure Coast Composite Squadron in Fort Pierce. She joined right before she turned 18, serving from July 1983 to July 1984 before entering the Air Force Academy. She recently told the Air Force Times it was CAP that sparked her interest in going into the military.

The rest, as they say, is history, which has led Ovost to a 32-year Air Force career that includes her recent promotion as a four-star general.
CAP's First Virtual National Conference
Record-breaking Attendance and Success
CAP's 2020 National Conference went virtual for the first time this year. More than 10,000 registrants gathered to connect, learn, and celebrate. Members and cadets were offered over 150 professional development sessions presented by external experts, national staff, and respected CAP members.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Todd Dewett, a TEDx speaker, best-selling author at LinkedIn Learning, and an Inc. Magazine top 100 leadership speaker, along with Air Force Capt. Julian Gluck, USAF. The event was hosted by CAP member and cadet alumnus 1st Lt. BJ Lange, who has been seen on MTV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.
Conference registrants also contributed over $8,000 to CAP's National Cadet Scholarship Campaign. You can help our cadets as they return to school by supporting this campaign, too. If you are interested in creating an endowed cadet scholarship, email Cadet Scholarships.
CAP's Video Corner
CAP's Innovations... Which Ones Did You Guess?
While many volunteer organizations address innovation based on top-down directives, CAP's innovation program design originated with a grassroots collaboration initiative. As the vision grew, it became the basis for CAP's comprehensive innovation program.
CAP Innovation Video

Guiding Principles

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Which of CAP's Innovations is Your Favorite?
Education and Training/Virtual Learning
Cadet Invest - Scholarships for Cadets
Training for Cyber Defense
Advanced Technologies for Search and Rescue and Disaster Response
Use of Enhanced Sensors and Artificial Intelligence
CAPLink Radio Communication and National Radio System
Creative Pandemic Response
All of them!
Third Time is the Charm! Alumnus and Air Force Capt. Julian Gluck Highlights His Continuing Journey with CAP (and makes his third appearance in our alumni and friends e-news!)
This one is worthy of a popcorn movie night for the family! Capt Julian "Cosmo" Gluck, Air Force bomber pilot, international non-profit leader, CAP member and cadet alumnus and distinguished Air Force Academy graduate was a keynote speaker for our first virtual National Conference earlier this month. Named the 2018 Air Force Times Airman of the Year, received with the 2019 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, and was selected to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30, Capt. Gluck keeps shining the light on his journey with Civil Air Patrol.
Capt. Julian Gluck, CAP Keynote Speech

Capt. Julian Gluck - CAP Keynote Speech

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CAP Emergency Services Volunteers
Receive International Honors
Maxwell's CAP emergency managers get...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - High honors for Civil Air Patrol. The International Association of Emergency Managers awarded CAP with the Volunteer Emergency Management Organization of the Year award. Lt. Col. Rick...

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August Is "Make A Will" Month
August is National Make-a-Will Month, and CAP is encouraging all of our supporters to celebrate by writing their wills and taking this important step into their future.

Nearly 70% of American adults don’t have a legal will, including nearly half of adults over 55. To combat these statistics, CAP is sharing a resource to help you write your will without charge.

Everyone needs a will — it ensures the people and causes you care about are always protected. This tool makes an often complicated and expensive process a bit easier: it takes 20 minutes or less and is totally free to use.

Celebrate National Make-a-Will Month with CAP and get started on protecting what matters most.
Alumni & Friends Spotlight
Air Force Capt .Benjamin Vowell,
Indiana Wing

CAP Cadet Alumnus Receives First
U.S. Space Force 2020
Col. James Jabara Airmanship Award

Capt. Benjamin Vowell was recently announced as the recipient of the 2020 Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Capt. Vowell works in the Space and Missile Systems Center's Special Programs Directorate and is the first to receive the award in the U.S. Space Force.
Why did you join CAP?  I joined CAP after seeing some members at an air show in Indianapolis. This was around the time I started high school and had made the decision that I wanted to eventually apply to the Air Force Academy. I saw CAP as an avenue to better prepare me for the Air Force. Myself, my brother and my father ended up joining our local unit (The Shelbyville Composite Squadron). My father would actually end up becoming the unit commander a few years later.

Current career (or former/retired)?  I am currently a program manager assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, California. I’m hoping to transfer to the Space Force later this year. In my current role, I manage the development and fielding of next-gen space systems. It’s amazing!

Specific CAP experience/highlight that influenced your career or your life?  First and foremost, the community service opportunities I was given as a CAP cadet helped me realize the value of community service. Our unit would often support local parades or volunteer at air shows. The most notable Air Force specific instances occurred early on in my career, particularly during my time at the Academy. Basic training was made easier by that fact that I was familiar with military customs and courtesies and proper uniform wear. I was able to be a resource for my classmates as well because of this experience and knowledge. Surprisingly, the lessons I learned from search and rescue training as a CAP cadet helped me as a Combat Survival Training (CST) trainee and even led to me teaching it as an Air Force Academcy cadet.

 Anything else we didn’t ask that you would like to share? I don’t think the value of CAP can be overstated. Many of my fellow CAP cadets didn’t join the military; the value of the education, training, and community service opportunities that CAP cadets are given is broadly applicable to any career. I’m grateful for the doors that CAP opened for me.
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CAP COVID-19 Mission Map
Our Missions To Date
COVID-19 Mission Map Updated 27 August

Cadet Soars To New Heights
With "Pilot For A Day" Program
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kailea Deleon of the Osan Air Base Composite Squadron in Japan learns about the 36th Airlift Squadron's aircraft equipment room during the Pilot for a Day program at Yokota Air Base on Aug. 7. The day included a tour of the squadron, a mission brief, aircrew flight equipment familiarization and a C-130J Super Hercules flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Inspiring A Love For Aerospace Education
In Today's Classroom

“When I learn about space, I feel like I’m using my whole brain.”
- Student of Lisa Love
Meet Lisa Love, a kindergarten teacher in a rural Arizona school on the U.S./Mexican border. Although her mother was a teacher, Love took a winding journey to her own career as an educator. She loves aerospace education and knows how effective it is in teaching young people. “It has been my experience that when a child is learning about space or space exploration,” she says, “they feel a particular sense of wonder, curiosity, interest, excitement, and most importantly, they feel hope.” We asked her some questions about her education career and involvement with CAP.
CAP Stays Mission-Focused, Still Saving Lives
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