During Pandemic, America Counts On CAP
Civil Air Patrol s COVID-19 missions keep racking up the numbers in what is becoming the U.S. Air Force auxiliary's largest emergency services response since World War II.

During 82 continuous days, Civil Air Patrol members have contributed more than 18,000 days of volunteer service to their communities, states and nation, said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's chief executive officer. Kudos to all who have contributed so mightily to assist others during this pandemic.

Smith, in a June 15 message to Civil Air Patrol's Board of Governors, said 32 CAP wings are conducting ongoing missions prompted by the novel coronavirus emergency. These wings are performing a total of 46 Air Force-assigned missions, or AFAMs, and 19 corporate missions, he added.

Missions to date 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 staffing emergency operations centers for state agencies.

Here is a statistical rundown of what CAP missions have delivered, as of Monday:
  • 4,192,825 meals;
  • 580,559 pounds of food;
  • 1½ million masks;
  • 12,289 test kits; and
  • 39,215 test samples.
P.R., Vt. Wings Conduct COVID-19 Missions
The Puerto Rico Wing recently transported personnel and health supplies, as well as test kits, as part of the island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The wing stepped up after the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency requested support for emergency services efforts in response to the outbreak.

The Vermont Wing has been assisting the Vermont National Guard and its partners with food distribution (pictured, top right) during the pandemic.

“Our cadets and senior members will do our best to support the Guard in its vital mission of providing fresh food to our neighbors in need,” said Col. Ann Brechbuhl, Vermont Wing commander.
Subchaser Compton Passes at 103

Col. Charles Compton, the World War II subchaser who served at CAP’s first coastal patrol base, died today in Evanston, Illinois. He would have turned 104 on June 19.

Compton flew as an observer at Coastal Patrol Base No. 1 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, until the base closed in 1943.

The Illinois Wing established a composite squadron named for him, and “he had a big influence on our cadets,” said Maj. David Gillingham, Col. Charles Compton Composite Squadron commander. Despite his storied past in CAP, Gillingham said, “he was always talking about the future of aviation” and urged the cadets to become familiar with drones.

“It was a wonderful thing to get to know him” after Compton rejoined CAP in 2010 following a chance encounter at the Presbyterian Village in Evanston, where he lived, said Col. Robert Dempsey, Illinois Wing commander.
Alert Yields Quick Long Island Sound Patrol Response
A Connecticut Wing aircrew responded quickly June 5 during its Long Island Sound Patrol flight upon learning that two sisters, 19 and 15, were missing on the water near the Connecticut River’s mouth.

After Coast Guard Sector Long Island’s Command Center in New Haven received a distress call from the sisters’ father, the Coast Guard immediately notified the aircrew. The wing members had already been monitoring radio traffic and, as requested, flew to the area.
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General Aviation in a Changing COVID-19 Environment
Attention, CAP pilots. Steve Dickson, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, is hosting two hours of virtual General Aviation Town Hall meetings this Thursday, June 18. 

The first hour includes industry leaders talking about their challenges and best practices during COVID-19 operations, and the second hour focuses on safety practices and increasing emphasis on safety as flying operations begin to increase again. 

Interested aircrew members can tune in to live streaming of the meetings via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. On Thursday, at 1 p.m. ET and/or 2 p.m. ET, you can join the Town Hall through one of the live streams offered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The AE Team Makes It Easy: 'Aerospace at Your Pace'
Don’t forget to check out the fun and exciting hands-on Aerospace at Your Pace lessons Civil Air Patrol's Aerospace Education team has created while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The newest ones are about the physics of helicopter flight, the effects of gravity on plant growth and building a wind sock to see how it works. 

You will be inspired and impressed by the AE team's creativity! 

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