November 2021
News for Alumni & Friends
Volunteers serving America’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.

Inside This Issue...CAP volunteers saved this father and daughter, Timeline Flight continues, the video corner with U.S. Air Force Rated Preparatory Program and glider orientation flights, Texas aerospace education member shares STEM opportunities with community, shop Amazon Smile and support cadet scholarships, CAP provides Texas cadet opportunities to pursue Air Force dream, special 80th anniversary edition of CAP Volunteer, cadet alumnus serves at Pentagon, two unique ways to support CAP's continuing missions of saving lives and shaping lives, Final Salute and more...

Truly a Thanksgiving Story!
Our Volunteers are Saving Lives: National Radar, Cell Teams Unite for 'Miracle' Post-Crash Rescue
A 58-year-old man and his 13-year-old daughter, who survived the crash of their small, single-engine plane, were found in heavily wooded state game lands in northeastern Pennsylvania thanks to the combined efforts of Civil Air Patrol’s National Radar Analysis Team and National Cell Phone Forensics Team.

The CAP teams refined a likely search area using data from a cellphone and iPad to provide rescue teams with a location accurate within 10 meters. “They found both the pilot and his daughter alive but with critical injuries..."
Did you know Civil Air Patrol provides search and rescue through this type of technology?
Yes, I sure did! It is amazing.
I have read a few stories, radar and cellphone forensics are still new to me.
This is the first time I have read about this type of work.
Civil Air Patrol Timeline Flight
With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec. 1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with National Historian Col. Frank Blazich on a special project — to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.
The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft CAP aircrews fly today.
CAP Helps Train Airmen Aspiring to Fly
The U.S. Air Force has created a promotional video about the Rated Preparatory Program that CAP hosted twice in 2021.
CAP’s instructor pilots provide flight and simulator training to Air Force airmen to help them qualify for flying training slots in the Air Force.
The Air Force has documented that RPP — entering its fourth year in 2022 — is very successful at preparing diverse groups of airmen for flying careers, and CAP is proud to play a key role in this expanding program. 
Enjoy the flight...
West Virginia Wing Offers Cadets Glider Orientation Flights
CAP glider orientation flight at Grant County Airport in Petersburg, West Virginia
Shaping the Future: Texas Aerospace Education Member Creates STEM Opportunities for Youth
"I was able to share details on the CAP cadet program with a Spanish-speaking family," she recalls as an example of individualized support. "They had not heard about the cadet program. From personal experience, I understood that there are additional barriers to consider," she said. “This opened the door for their child to be able to take advantage of the opportunity to join the cadets."
-- Debbie Montenegro, Texas aerospace education member
Meet Debbie Montenegro, an aerospace education member (but not a teacher) from Fort Worth, Texas, enjoys being an ambassador for CAP and sharing information about the organization at educational events. We asked her some questions about her career and her involvement with CAP...
You Shop, AmazonSmile Supports Cadet Scholarships
Select CAP as your favorite charity when you shop on Amazon. Thanks to shoppers like you, AmazonSmile has donated $28,189.84 to CAP's national scholarship program.
Is the content of this newsletter relevant to you?
Yes, keep it up!
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I would like to see more about cadets.
I would like to see more about emergency response, search and rescue, etc.
There is so much to CAP, mix it up every issue.
No Limits...CAP Opportunities Inspire Texas Wing Cadet's Air Force Goals
“I think I knew that I wanted to fly when I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer,” Patel said. “I just didn’t think that it was realistic. I thought ‘only certain people can do this'.” 
When Adi Patel realized that becoming a pilot is realistic and practical, he decided that he would rather fly planes than study aerospace engineering. 

In order to achieve his dream he...
It's Here! Volunteer Magazine's
80th Anniversary Special Edition
The 80th Anniversary special edition of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer is now available online. The 80-page fall issue includes an editorial lineup that spans 80 years, from the cover story that honors our fallen members to an exciting new initiative Cadet Programs launched in October and a closing tribute to Col. Carolyn Guertin, who served in the Virginia Wing nearly eight decades.
Enjoy this 80th anniversary issue, have fun exploring the new interactive features and take advantage of the limited time 10% discount offered by Vanguard Industries Inc. to Volunteer readers.
Saving Lives
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
Alumni Spotlight

Col. Michael Oshiki, M.D.
Cadet Alumnus, Maryland Wing

Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army for Health Affairs

Why did you join Civil Air Patrol?
I was a freshman in high school and loved the military (I was already in Army Junior ROTC) and the Air Force especially (my father was in the Army Air Corps during World War II). I aspired to be an Air Force pilot - until I realized during my Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board physical that I wasn't qualified to fly because I wore glasses (non-negotiable in the early 80's). 

What is your current career?
I'm now an active-duty Army physician, and recently finished command of William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. My current duty assignment is at the Pentagon as the assistant deputy secretary of the Army for health affairs. I spent seven years as an armored cavalry officer before going to medical school and served in Operation Desert Storm with fellow former CAP cadet Joe Deskavich (Joe was in 2nd Armed Cavalry Regiment, I was in 3rd Armed Calvary Regiment).

What specific lesson/experience from CAP has influenced your career or your life?
CAP was critical in my development as a leader. I firmly believe you learn more from your mistakes in life than from your successes, and I made more than my fair share of mistakes as a cadet. CAP (especially Bill Hicks, Tony Perry, Tom Roman, John Knowles and Tina Clapps) helped me see myself in a way I really needed to. I realized that being a cadet lieutenant colonel did not make me quite the "big man on campus" I may have fancied myself.

What else should we know about you?
I'm living proof you can take a knuckle-dragging cavalryman and turn him into an Army doctor! I went to medical school in Bethesda, Maryland at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - not far from the church where my CAP squadron used to meet!
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Two Unique Ways to Receive a Tax Benefit While Saving Lives and Shaping Futures
Are you 70 1/2 or older?
Make your IRA Gift Before
Dec. 15

If you’re 70 1/2 or older, IRA gifts can support Civil Air Patrol and come with a host of tax benefits, including helping you fulfill your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2021. If you want to make an impact through your retirement savings before the end of the year, please make your gift before Dec. 15th! You can learn more about why so many donors are switching to these powerful gifts to support CAP and make your donation today through this easy IRA donation tool.
Appreciated Stock

As 2021 comes to a close, create a tax-wise gift to support Civil Air Patrol, while supporting your finances. Many CAP supporters are turning to non-cash gifts like appreciated stocks to maximize their impact at less cost. The free resources make it easy to learn more about your potential savings — and help you complete your gift before the December deadline.
Remembering Those Who Have Passed
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.
Civil Air Patrol - Development
Kristina E. Jones, M.A., CFRE, Chief of Philanthropy
Molly Longmire, CFRE, Deputy Chief of Philanthropy and National Partnerships
Col. John M. Knowles, CAP, Deputy Chief of Alumni Relations
Donna Bass Maraman, Development Manager
Rebecca Stovall, Donor Database Specialist

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