Medal of Honor Recipient's Life of Service
Remembered During Hispanic Heritage Month
Civil Air Patrol is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month with a profile of U.S. Army Capt. Euripides Rubio Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient who served in CAP's Puerto Rico Wing as a cadet.

Rubio is one of the four recipients of the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest award for military heroism – to have served in CAP before entering the armed forces.

While serving as an Army battalion communications officer in November 1966 in Vietnam, Rubio's "singularly heroic act turned the tide of battle, and his extraordinary leadership and valor were a magnificent inspiration to his men," according to the medal citation.

He was honored posthumously in a ceremony July 11, 1968, at the Pentagon. In presenting the Medal of Honor to his widow, Ileana Rubio, Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor said, “No man more deserves to be called a hero.”
Ore., Wash. Aircrews Photographing Fire Damage
As smoke clears from western Oregon, specially trained CAP aircrews are flying over areas damaged by devastating wildfires to photograph the conflagrations' impact.

Two aircraft from the Oregon Wing and one from the Washington Wing joined the effort in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Oregon Emergency Management on Sept. 20, marking the fifth day of CAP participation.

CAP is photographing key infrastructure from the air to help assess fire damage. Aircrews are taking on assignments over the Archie, Beavercreek and Echo Mountain wildfires.

Using high-resolution digital cameras, the CAP aircrews produced more than 900 images Sept. 19 for emergency operations supervisors. Eight sorties were flown Sept. 18 and five Sept. 19 as smoke cleared and showers dissipated.
Cadets McCue, McGill, Barber Earn Their 'Wings'
Over the past week, three more cadets have earned their private pilot certificates via CAP's Cadet Wings program.

On Sept. 18, Cadet Airman Michael McCue of the Minnesota Wing became the 58th cadet and Cadet Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Eoin McGill of the Pennsylvania Wing became the 59th cadet to receive their certificates. Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Barber of the Connecticut Wing received his certificate on Sept. 21.

Barber (at top) is a member of the Connecticut Minuteman Composite Squadron, McGill (below), pictured with his primary flight instructor, Lt. Col. Bruce Thompson, and flight examiner, John Smith, is a member of Chester County Composite Squadron 1008, and McCue (above, right) is a member of the Mankato Composite Squadron.
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What Does It Mean to Serve? Check It Out
National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith's What Does It Mean? Video Series from 2019 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of CAP's Total Force partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

Last week, you saw the third installment of this weekly series, "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?" This week's video answers the question, "What Does It Mean to Serve?"
Teams Tie for First in Flying ORBs Competition
Cadet Programs, in conjunction with AFWERXS Agility Prime Team, is pleased to announce the winners of the Flying ORBs, also known as “Organic Resupply Buses,” competition.

Of the 27 registered teams, two tied for first place: the National Capital Wing's Mount Vernon Composite Squadron and “One Giant Leap” of the South Carolina Wing's Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron.

The competition's goal was to get cadets thinking about, and create a 10-minute presentation on, how the U.S. Air Force could use “flying cars.”

"The Agility Prime team is thrilled to have the cadets of Civil Air Patrol bringing forward fresh ideas about this exciting new technology as this new generation prepares to fly ORBs into a new age of aerospace," said Air Force Col. Nathan Diller, AFWERX director and Agility Prime lead. "CAP has been a fantastic partner since we launched Agility Prime, and we look forward to the next steps in collaboration."

A list of winning teams' members, excerpts from the winning presentations and more about Agility Prime can be found on the Agility Prime homepage on
CAP-USAF Female Pilot Panel Series Ends Sept. 23
The CAP-USAF Female Pilot Panel Series will wrap up with the final panel at 7 PDT on Sept. 23. The panel is hosted by the Pacific Region but is open to all interested members. Panelists will discuss their Air Force experience and answer your questions about pilot careers, training and family life. A link to the broadcast will be sent to all registered participants beforehand.
"Participant feedback on these panels have been very positive and has requested more panels for different careers, said Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Sydow, national diversity officer. The Diversity and Inclusion and Aerospace Education programs are discussing the makeup of different panels for the future."
Website Template Homepage Improvements Set
The homepage slideshow on the Global Reach template for unit websites is being enhanced. This change will make image selection easier and will make text more readable by removing it from the image gradient overlay and placing it in a high-contrast box adjacent to the image.

The alert box above the banner is also being enhanced.
Online Meeting Backgrounds Created for Member Use

Virtual backgrounds are now available on for members to use to show their CAP spirit and display their affiliation while participating in online meetings. These backgrounds should be used only for virtual meetings when conducting official CAP business.

Six options are available (above, clockwise from top left):
  • Flyby
  • Embossed seal with CAP logo
  • Embossed Volunteer University graphic with CAP logo
  • Environmental with CAP logo
  • U.S. map with CAP logo
  • U.S. map with Volunteer University graphic
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