Pacific Region's Ishikata Passes; Nelson Takes
Interim Command

Col. George Ishikata, who served as Civil Air Patrol’s Pacific Region commander for the past 13 months, died unexpectedly Dec. 30 during a workout. He was 59.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Col. George Ishikata. He led the Pacific Region with grace, humility, wisdom, and strength, always offering a warm smile and a caring word,” said Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, CAP national commander and CEO.

 “He will be terribly missed by all of Civil Air Patrol.”

Col. Virginia M. Nelson, the region's chief of staff, has been appointed interim Pacific Region commander. effective Jan. 1.
A Year In Review: Noteworthy Achievements in '21
Civil Air Patrol achieved much in 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 10 noteworthy achievements identified by the Marketing and Strategic Communications team that helped CAP serve America's communities, save lives, and shape futures.
Operation Pulse Lift Surges Past Year-End Goal
Operation Pulse Lift, part of Civil Air Patrol’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, surged past its year-end goal of 9,000 collected units of blood Dec. 31.
The stretch goal was set by Lt. Col. Robert Ditch, the mission's director, after CAP met an 8,500-unit goal before Thanksgiving.

Members of the Arizona Wing's Falcon Composite Squadron 305 hosted three blood donation events their 51st, 52nd and 53rd during the 21-month pandemic response and collected 89 units of blood the final week of 2021. In addition, individual members from 21 CAP wings (like seven-time donor Senior Member Ciely Daly of the Wyoming Wing pictured here) and National Headquarters reported donating 153 units.

The effort brought the overall total to 9,023 units at year’s end, and prompted Ditch to set yet another stretch goal of 10,000 units by Valentine's Day.
Lineup Set for Youth Development Conference
Cadet Programs will host its third Youth Development Conference for adult leaders Jan. 14-16.

The online conference is the premiere learning opportunity for adults who interact with cadets. The 2022 session will focus on cultivating CAP's programs to be memorable experiences that stimulate powerful learning and growth for cadets. 

Several noted speakers are scheduled to participate, including retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., now an active CAP member in the Hawaii Wing. He will help open the conference with an address to participants the evening of Jan. 14.

Additional information about the 2022 conference can be viewed at this link.
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Here's a Resource for Your Estate Planning
Civil Air Patrol wants to provide you with a resource that others like you have found helpful in taking control of their planning.

Our personal estate planning kit is a tool that can be used to facilitate your future estate plans, document your intentions for your family and your loved ones, and support the causes most dear to you.
Prepare Now for Safety Risk Management Day

It's time to make your plans for Civil Air Patrol's Annual Safety Risk Management Day, as prescribed in CAP Regulation 160-1.

For this year’s Annual Safety Risk Management Day, CAP Chief of Safety Michael Nunemaker is asking commanders of active units to think “People First.” And CAP's Safety Program is there to help, releasing emphasis items and resources available to commanders as well as safety officers to plan these events.

Emphasizing the safety of CAP's people is most important, as stated by National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka.

“Every member is a critical link that connects a mission or activity to the best possible outcome one that includes minimizing the potential for harm or loss and maximizing our readiness, reliability, and credibility,” he said.
New Senior, Cadet Application Forms Available
The CAP Form 12 Senior Member Application has been redesigned, and the new version is now available at the Publications Library at GoCivilAirPatrol.com. The CAPF 12 was redesigned to help reduce the number of applications missing required signatures and/or information.

Changes include eliminating the additional commander signature and required information for the Proof of Identity verification, clarifying required information for reporting criminal history, removing the separate applicant and witness signature blocks for the Oath of Membership, and adding the recently approved Photo Release under Section III Applicant Authorization.

The CAP Form 15 Cadet Application has one change: the addition of the Photo Release to Section IV. Parent/Guardian Authorization.

The former versions of both applications will continue to be accepted through March 1.
Cisco Networking Academy Cohort Now Open
Is advancing your cyber security skills or just beginning to start cyber security training one of your new year’s resolutions?

As part of CAP’s ongoing partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, the next cohort of courses is now open for CAP members to register. The cohort will run through March 31.

More than six course options are available, including Introduction to Cybersecurity, Linux, and Introduction to Cisco’s Packet Tracer. Five of the courses are available in Spanish.

Over 2,900 members have enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy courses so far. Members are encouraged to work through the material together and complete the quizzes individually to receive completion credit and a digital badge.

Visit cyber.cap.gov for more information.
Learn More about CAP's Cadet Special Activities

The Connecticut Wing Cadet Advisory Council will host a Cadet Special Activity Information Session at 7 p.m. EST Jan. 8, available to CAP cadets nationwide.

The council encourages all cadets to attend this information session to learn about the opportunities available at CAP's many National Cadet Special Activities. Hear from guest speakers who have attended the events and learn about their awesome experiences.
The New Hampshire Wing reached across organizational lines in late 1954 to prepare for future missions. The Nashua Telegraph reported that Wing Commander Lt. Col. Phillip Labom, Director of Civilian Defense Rear Adm. C. A. Brinkmann, and Air Force Coordinator of the Ground Observer Corps Maj. Myles King met at the wing’s headquarters to plan training, ensure that organizational cooperation was as easy as possible, and recognize the wing for its rescue efforts after an airliner crash.
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