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

Inside This Issue... CAP's announces new mission statement, 80th Anniversary video, celebrating our proud past with Maj Gen Mark E. Smith, watch party for cadets with high-altitude balloon launch, Make-A-Will Month resources, cadets alumnus wins national award, Alumni Spotlight, National History Journal highlights CAP's 80-year history, update your beneficiaries, Final Salute and more...
Civil Air Patrol Launches New Mission Statement
Maj. Gen. (Select) Ed Phelka's keynote address at CAP's National Conference touched on what we do as an organization of volunteers serving America’s communities, saving lives and relieving suffering, and shaping tomorrow’s leaders. In fact, his comments about CAP’s purpose of serving, saving, and shaping are precisely the words that appear in our new blended mission-vision statement.
Civil Air Patrol's Mission-Vision Statement
"Volunteers serving America’s communities,
saving lives, and shaping futures."
Do you like CAP's new mission statement?
Yes, it really captures CAP's work
Maybe, I have to think about it
Not for me, but thanks for asking

CAP Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Video at National Conference
CAP's official 80th Anniversary video made its debut at the National Conference.
National Conference Opening Assembly with Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, National Commander and CEO
Celebrating Our Proud Past
Watch Party!
Tune in THIS Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EDT
Thousands of Cadets Participating in Livestreamed
High-Altitude Balloon Challenge

High-altitude balloons prepared by CAP cadets across the U.S. will be launched Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. EDT from central Indiana to the edge of space as part of a livestreamed nationwide science challenge.

CAP’s aerospace education team created the High-Altitude Balloon Challenge in partnership with StratoStar, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) project-based learning company in Indiana.
It's National Make-A-Will Month.
How Has Your Life Changed?
Over the past year, we’ve all learned that life can change quickly — and through it all, your support has aided American communities with emergency response and supported cadets and continuing aerospace education with an eye on the future.

It's National Make-a-Will Month and CAP is here to thank you by helping you support your own loved ones. If you are in the majority of people who do not have an up-to-date legal will in place, you can use FreeWill, a free, secure online service resource that guides you through the process of creating a legally valid will in 20 minutes or less.
This month, take care of all the changes in your life and write or update your will today.
CAP Announces National Award Winners
Former cadet and Kentucky Wing commander Col Brian W. Schmuck and the Texas Wing's Cadet/Col. Jackson Baker have been recognized as CAP's Senior Member of the Year and Cadet of the Year in connection with the 2021 National Conference.
Saving Lives
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
80th Anniversary Issue Available Online
The July-December 80th Anniversary issue of the Civil Air Patrol National Historical Journal is now available online.
A publication of CAP's National History Program, the journal features scholarly articles about the organization's history-makers, the nation’s early experiences with powered flight and the pioneers who championed it over the years, civilian and military aviation, and CAP’s impact as a force multiplier for the U.S. Air Force.

The new issue features articles surveying CAP’s eight decades of history, including the first International Air Cadet Exchange in 1948, Operation Hay Lift in 1949, a 1963 Maryland Wing crash site response and Three Mile Island in 1979.
Alumni and Friends Spotlight
Dr. Sian Proctor
Arizona Wing

From cadet days to space ... look at what she's doing now!
“I remember the first time I got to fly and also flying in a Huey helicopter; those things really left an impression with me,” Proctor said. “Civil Air Patrol was the first stepping stone for me on the way to this path, my love of aviation and aerospace.”

After a couple of years in CAP, everything changed for Proctor. “Going into my senior year, I had to get glasses, so I knew I wasn’t going to be able to be a military aviator. That changed the course of my life,” she said.

“I wish someone had told me that I could have still gone to a military academy, that you don’t have to be a pilot, but I saw everything that way. With my dad getting sick (with cancer), I dropped out of CAP, and I didn’t run track that year. It felt like everything had changed.”
Did You Know?
Having just a will or trust is not the only part of an estate plan. If you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy or additional assets that aren’t covered in your legal will or trust, it’s essential that you properly name your beneficiaries for each to ensure that your assets go to the people and organizations you love.

To help you get started, CAP has partnered with FreeWill to give our supporters this
opportunity to keep ensuring America’s social safety — while making your plans, you will
have the option to name us as one of your beneficiaries to ensure we continue saving and
shaping lives.
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.
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

(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