Charter Member Carolyn Guertin Dies
Col. Carolyn A. Guertin, who joined Civil Air Patrol the day it was founded, died Aug. 8 in Virginia. She was 92.

CAP’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, referred to her on Twitter as “an extraordinary volunteer” who was a “mentor for many, inspiration for all.

When Guertin turned 92 on June 29, Smith joined other CAP leaders at the national and Virginia Wing levels online in wishing her a happy birthday. "When I open up the book on mentorship, your picture is there," he told her at the time."It is due to your impact on the number of people you have mentored in the Civil Air Patrol over the years.”

Guertin was buried on Aug. 10 in her home state.

Today we laid to rest Col. Carolyn Guertin, Virginia member number 11, said Col. Dean Gould, Virginia Wing commander. All those who knew Col. Guertin know what a special lady she was. Her smile and knowledge about aviation were very contagious for all around. She will be missed by all of us.

A virtual memorial service is being planned, with details to be announced.
CAP Marks 4th Straight Year of 100+ Saves
For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, CAP has passed the century mark in lives saved, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, conducts approximately 90% of all search operations within the U.S. as assigned by the AFRCC.

The 100th and 101st save occurred Aug. 4, when CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team provided the Wyoming Joint Operations Center with a high-priority area to focus search efforts for two lost hikers in Big Horn County. Using cellphone forensic information gathered by the team early in the morning, local searchers found the hikers alive and returned them to safety later that morning.
CAP's COVID-19 Missions: By the Numbers
Civil Air Patrol continues to perform missions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 138 continuous days, CAP members have contributed more than 27,880 volunteer days in service to their communities, states and nation.

Missions include distributing test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and food/critical supplies via air and ground. Additional missions include taking aerial and ground imagery and manning emergency operations centers for state agencies.
There are 29 CAP wings with ongoing COVID-19 missions. These wings are performing a total of 30 Air Force-assigned missions and 14 corporate missions.

Here is a statistical rundown of what CAP missions have delivered, as of Aug. 10:
  • 6.2 million meals,
  • 781,000 pounds of food,
  • 1.7 million masks,
  • 15,245 test kits and
  • 79,894 test samples.

Check out these media links to recent CAP missions in Alabama (top left photo) and Colorado (top right):
Maryland Wing's Lee 50th CAP Cadet to Earn PPC
On Aug. 3, Cadet Capt. Daram Lee of the Maryland Wing's Harford Composite Squadron became the 50th cadet to earn his private pilot certificate via CAP's Cadet Wings program.

Like many recent Cadet Wings graduates, Lee overcame significant barriers to achieve his certificate, doing so during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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CAP's 1st Virtual Nat'l Conference Is This Week
There's still time to join more than 8,300 of your fellow CAP members as they come together this week to “connect, learn, and celebrate."

As part of your registration, content access from the conference (presentations, videos, etc.) will be available for one year. So even if you cannot attend Aug 14-15 but would like to view the content at a more convenient time, you need to be in the system. 

You can register today with access code CAPExcel2020. (Reminder: The code is case sensitive, so please type or paste as is here.)

As an added incentive, Vanguard has made available a special coin to commemorate this special National Conference. It’s an extremely limited edition, and they want to give you a chance to snag one now, before the conference. Better hurry, though, because these will sell out.
CAP's Innovation Hub Ready for Your Submission
Calling all CAP innovators, HUBCAP Phase 2 is live!

Members can now:
  • Share their inventions across the member community, making them available for local reuse and customization.
  • Share best practices via CAPipedia, CAP’s online wiki.
  • Search for innovation partners to assist in bringing an idea to life.

Please visit the Innovation offerings in the 2020 National Conference schedule for more details on how this member-owned initiative will support CAP’s Innovation Program.
Celebrate National Make-a-Will Month with CAP
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 …. for free.

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 free resource to help you write your will without charge. A will 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.

Celebrate National Make-a-Will Month with CAP and get started on protecting what matters most.
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