80th Anniversary
Special Edition
Available Online

The 80th Anniversary special edition of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer will be arriving in mailboxes shortly. 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.

The special edition features a foil-stamped historic image on the cover and also includes an article about CAP’s art collection, also spanning 80 years, and even the first two comic strips featuring CAP and Col. Byrd.

The digital version of the magazine is available now on a new platform. In addition to bonus content like videos, image galleries and links, the new digital version includes improved responsive features for those reading on smaller mobile devices. There’s an audio reader and easy ways to view and share specific articles via direct email or social media posts.

Enjoy this 80th anniversary issue, have fun exploring the new interactive features and take advantage of the limited time discount offered by Vanguard Industries Inc. to Volunteer readers.
National Capital Wing Trains Basic Cadets
The National Capital Wing held a multiday basic cadet school Oct. 15-17 at Davison Army Airfield in Virginia to provide new and junior-ranking cadets with an intensive academic experience covering all the fundamentals and basics of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. 

The 25 cadets graduating from the school represented all seven squadrons within the wing.

“Our biggest success was that cadets from across the wing came together,” said 1st Lt. James Chan, basic cadet school commandant and squadron leadership officer for the Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron. “Many cadets had not had an opportunity to attend a CAP event in-person since the pandemic, and this gave them the opportunity to not only learn but participate with other cadets they had never met.”
139th Cadet Earns Pilot Certificate Through CAP

Cadet Maj. Olivia Jenkins of the Florida Wing's North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron is the 139th CAP cadet to earn her private pilot certificate through the U.S. Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program. Pictured with Jenkins (left) is her FAA examiner, Michele Keilman.

Jenkins is the 10th cadet from the Florida Wing to receive her certificate. Others are Harrison Simmons (#6), Christopher Perez (#23), Caleb Gauthier (#40), Grayson Bertaina (#46), Robert Britton (#73), Justin McDonald (#80), Devan Valentin Torres (#83), Christina Tart (#102) and Ramffys Paniagua (#121).
The mask icon is used in the photo above as a visual cue to explain any perceived deviation from COVID-19 safety protocol(s). The icon is used on images captured prior to the pandemic or for images captured in an area where masks are currently not required for vaccinated individuals.
Operation Pulse Lift Marks 600 Days of Support
On March 17, 2020, Adm. Jerome Adams, then U.S. surgeon general, announced that 80% of the nation's blood donor collection capabilities had been lost because of pandemic-related closures of universities, schools, businesses and churches. By the end of that evening, Civil Air Patrol was engaged in mobilizing Operation Pulse Lift, a mission that would expand to all wings with 18 blood donor centers operational in eight of them.

This week the mission reaches its 600th day of support to the nation, with individual members donating nearly 3,000 units of blood over the last 12 months and 117 blood donor events collecting another 4,500 units. With that, our end-of-the-year target of 8,500 units is in sight," said Lt. Col. Robert L. Ditch, director of Operation Pulse Lift. CAP intends to ramp up and surge toward surpassing that goal.
CAP Honored Again for Emergency Management Efforts
Civil Air Patrol received three major awards for the second straight year from the International Association of Emergency Managers, which recognized the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires.

CAP's 2021 recipients were:
  • John Desmarais, CAP's director of operations — the 2021 IAEM-USA Uniformed Services Auxiliary Emergency Manager of the Year.
  • The Arizona Wing — the 2021 IAEM-USA Emergency Management Voluntary Organization of the Year Award.
  • Lt. Col. Robert L. Ditch — the IAEM-USA Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year Award.
NHQ News
Which CAP Card Do You Prefer This Holiday Season?
Vanguard Industries Inc. is offering Civil Air Patrol holiday greeting cards this year. First, we'd like to know your preference. Of the two designs pictured, tell us which one you like the best:
YOUR PREFERENCE?
I prefer the northern lights Season’s Greeting card.
I prefer the gift-wrapped Happy Holidays card.
I'd like a box with both designs.
Timeline Flight Series Leads Up to CAP Anniversary
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. Here are the 14th and 15th installments, as seen on CAP.news. Others will be posted every five days.
CAP Remembers STEM Origins on National STEM Day
Nov. 8 is National STEM-STEAM Day and the 80th Anniversary Working Group has prepared a news release for public affairs officers to share with local media. The release is part of a series of releases prepared for coordinated release on key dates by PAOs or commanders. 

Check out the STEM Day release at this link.
Dates Announced for National Safety Officer College
The 2022 National Safety Officers College will begin April 5 and run through June 6. The multi-week, virtual format will allow for shorter meeting sessions once per week with analysis of case studies and other similar exercises occurring between virtual meeting sessions. 
 
The primary audience will include safety officers in a duty position who have not yet completed NSOC and those Senior-rated in the Safety Officer specialty track seeking their Master rating. The CAP Safety Program welcomes additional participants as capacity permits. 
 
More details will be posted in the coming weeks at NSOC 2022 | Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters (gocivilairpatrol.com).
Online Communications Conference Set for Nov. 20
The Rocky Mountain and North Central regions will conduct an online communications conference, “Your CAP Communicator Excellence: Servant Leaders as Volunteer Professionalism,” from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Presentations will be made by Capts. Carey Heckman of the New Hampshire Wing summarizing and reviewing the 2021 National HF Test and Chris MacSpadden of the Washington Wing on “How to Get Going, Get Better and Help Others Get Better in Radio.” A Q&A with five CAP radio communications experts will follow.

Register here to participate. Questions or comments should be directed here. Connection information will follow registration.

The conference is dedicated to the late Malcolm Kyser, former CAP chief of communications (deceased 07/01/21), in tribute to his exemplary standards of excellence and integrity and his model of servant leadership. 
Applications Sought for New Volunteer Staff Position
CAP's Development directorate is accepting applications for a Scholarship Stewardship Coordinator.

For details on this and other national volunteer staff positions, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com/nationalstaff.
On Nov. 3, 1961, the Oklahoma Wing’s Miami squadron presented Certificates of Proficiency — predecessor to the modern-day Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award — to six cadets. That total was the highest in the wing.

Read more about the cadets' achievements in this story in the Miami News-Record.
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