Cadets Get Rare Opportunity at Historic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Observance
National Capital Wing cadets participated in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Nov. 9 to approach the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, where they placed white and yellow lilies with an “honor tag” from the wing’s cadet honor guard.

The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, erected Nov. 11, 1921, at Arlington for one unidentified American soldier's World War I service. Unidentified soldiers from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984.
AE Announces New STEM Kit, Updates to 2 Others
The CAP Aerospace Education STEM Kit program announces one new STEM Kit and two updates to existing kits.

The Robotics STEM Kit becomes the Robotics Workshop STEM Kit (left). Cadets and students can build and program robots with this complete robotics engineering system.

The biggest change is the ability to build different designs (including original designs) over and over again. The Sphero and Mini Sphero STEM Kit has been updated to Sphero BOLT and Sphero Code Mat STEM Kit (below left). The kit still has a small orb robot (the new Sphero BOLT) for coding and use with the Sphero Edu app, but it now also comes with a large, space-themed activity mat and activity cards. It allows users to paint, swim and/or dance with the help of the app and their imagination.
 
The new kit, Let's Go Code! (below right), is designed to introduce young children to early coding and programming ideas without electronics. Children 4 and older will have fun and build gross motor skills by stepping, hopping and turning while learning the basics of coding. A 9½-by-9½-inch Foam maze mat is included.
Army General Discusses Leadership with Ramstein Squadron Flight Cadets

Leadership was the subject Nov. 2 when the Ramstein Cadet Squadron’s Stuttgart Flight hosted U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Rose Keravuori, who also recognized several cadet promotions after speaking.

During her visit, Keravuori encouraged her young listeners to challenge themselves by constantly looking for ways to get out of their comfort zone, to take charge of their own education and personal development, and to try to be "happy leaders."
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Nebraska Wing Hosts Jr. ROTC Orientation Flights
The Nebraska Wing hosted a huge orientation flight event Nov. 6 at Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff

In all, 42 Air Force Junior ROTC cadets, including Aaron Coffman (left) and Elizabeth Roberts (right) with CAP pilot Maj. Michael H. Mitchell of the Colorado Wing, flew over western Nebraska.

We all had so much fun, said 1st Lt. Brian Schlueter, the Nebraska Wing's director of operations. Eight aircraft and 13 pilots from the Colorado and Nebraska wings and a great ground crew did an awesome job.

As part of Civil Air Patrol's Air Force ROTC/JROTC Flight Orientation program, CAP pilots made 1,525 flights last year, serving 884 cadets from 75 schools across the nation.
NHQ News
The U.S. Air Force has created a promotional video about the Rated Preparatory Program that Civil Air Patrol 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.
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 17th and 18th installments, as seen on CAP.news. The next one will be posted in five days.
It's About Time to Celebrate: Are You Ready?
In anticipation of CAP's 80th anniversary on Dec. 1, a national-level working group has developed a number of resources to celebrate the day.

So no excuses, please. If you have not made plans yet to observe this milestone birthday within your squadron, wing or region, do so now. These resources on GoCivilAirPatrol.com — posted over the past year — will provide you with enough to get started. Plus, we'll soon roll out a national news release that you can share with your local and state media in time for the anniversary.

If you have questions, please send them here.
Make Your IRA Gift Before Dec. 15

If you’re 70½ or older, IRA gifts can support CAP 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 end-of-year, please make your gift before Dec. 15.

You can learn more about why so many donors are switching to these powerful gifts to support CAP and make your donation today through our easy IRA donation tool.
There Won't Be a Newsletter in Your Inbox Next Week

Civil Air Patrol will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday next week, so there will be no weekly newsletter. The next issue of PROPS will be distributed on the evening of Nov. 30.

Happy Thanksgiving!
As Civil Air Patrol approaches its 80th anniversary, This Week in CAP History is rewinding 53 years to November 1968, when members of the West Virginia Wing were planning an anniversary celebration of their own.

Activities included public ceremonies and events and concluded with a banquet for the wing's cadets and senior members.

Read more about how the West Virginia Wing celebrated CAP's 27th anniversary in this story in the Weirton Daily Times.
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