CAP's Historic COVID-19 Blood Collection Response: 6,043 Units and Counting
With a weekend boost from the Texas Wing's Alamo Composite Squadron, Operation Pulse Lift exceeded its COVID-19 response goal of 6,000 units of blood five days before the end of the fiscal year.

Civil Air Patrol senior members and cadets from the Alamo squadron (pictured above) supported the collection of 125 units at the Air Force Blood Program Office donor center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Combined with 31 units donated by members in nine other CAP wings, the new total stands at 6,043 units.

Remember, the original goal was 5,000 units of blood before the end of the fiscal year, and we raised that bar when the original goal was crossed on July 27. Now we've beat that new goal with the collection of 1,042 units in a record 60 days, said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, director of Operation Pulse Lift.

The last four days of the fiscal year (through Sept. 30) will include Blood Donor Center (BDC) operations supported by the Colorado and Arizona wings. Between these BDC operations, and our anticipated national donations, I fully expect that we will witness the largest surge of collections and donations in a single seven-day (Saturday-Friday) period,” Ditch said.
Rare Pair: Ind. Member Receives FAA Awards
Lt. Col. James M. Smith of the Indiana Wing can claim a distinction shared by only 1% of pilots in the U.S. he’s a recipient of two prestigious Federal Aviation Administration honors, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

The Wright Brothers award recognizes pilots who have contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50 or more consecutive years. The Charles Taylor award, named for the Wright brothers’ mechanic, honors lifetime accomplishments by senior mechanics.

A mission pilot with a CAP senior pilot rating and 1,600 hours of flight time, Smith served as director of logistics for the Indiana Wing from December 2008-March 2010. He’s now the Indianapolis Composite Squadron’s maintenance officer.

He also has instructed cadets and was a professional aircraft maintenance instructor at the Aviation Institute of Aircraft Maintenance.
Earning Their Wings: 133rd-135th Cadets Receive Private Pilot Certificates Through CAP Program
Three more Civil Air Patrol cadets, including two who recently became senior members, have received their FAA private pilot certificates through the Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program. They are now 135 graduates of the program, including:
  • Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jake Larson (#135) of the Idaho Wing's Coeur d'Alene Composite Squadron in Hayden (bottom left with his instructor, Tony Simental).
  • Cadet 2nd Lt. Rachael Johnson (#134) of the Colorado Wing's Air Academy Cadet Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy (at top with her certificate, in front of the plane she flew on her check ride).
  • Cadet 1st Lt. Hayden Dodge (#133) of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron in Brainerd (bottom right in front of the plane he flew).
The mask icon is used in the photo above as a visual cue to explain any perceived deviation from COVID-19 safety protocol(s). The icon is used on images captured prior to the pandemic or for images captured in an area where masks are currently not required for vaccinated individuals.
NESA-MTT Wraps 16 Months of Training for FEMA
On Sept. 24, nine hand-picked instructors from CAP's National Emergency Services Academy-Mobile Training Team (NESA-MTT) stood down after instructing 51 Just-In-Time (JIT) classes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the COVID-19 crisis.

When FEMA had to close down its two primary training and education centers, only CAP was requested to assist in keeping the federal curriculums open. Over 16 months, 1,023 students from across the globe were educated in multiple FEMA courses by the NESA-MTT. 

In the words of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute's director, "Through the unselfish efforts of a handful of CAP emergency management instructors, EMI was able to provide Emergency Operations Center training to audiences around the country.

Over the same weekend, NESA-MTT closed out its fiscal 2021 classes, graduating 2,020 students from 88 course deliveries.
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Civil Air Patrol's Brand Portal Now Online
National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications directorate is pleased to announce the roll-out of Civil Air Patrol’s new Brand Portal. The online resource will help tighten up CAP brand management by providing clear brand direction (do's and don’ts), easy access to brand assets (fonts, graphics, templates), answers to brand questions, and more.

Also included is Civil Air Patrol’s Style Guide. CAP’s house writing style is based on Associated Press Style and Air Force Tongue & Quill. However, CAP deviates from those style guides for very specific reasons in certain applications (e.g., capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, etc.) deviations documented in the Brand Portal as CAP’s house style.

The Brand Portal is a compilation of various regulations and guidance assembled in an easy-to-access online location distilled for ease of use. The Brand Portal affords CAP the flexibility to dynamically manage brand assets as needed in a manner transparent and accessible to all.
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 Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History 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 seventh and eighth installments, as seen on Others will be posted every four days.
Effective Safety Culture Starts With Discovery
An effective Civil Air Patrol safety culture depends on everyone valuing the behaviors, attitudes, and best practices that make it work well. In part, that means everyone is fully participating in discovering the contributing factors that lead to, or could lead to, negative safety outcomes.

This focus on discovery is not about assigning responsibility or fault but is about learning everything we can so every one goes home safely, and CAP's resources are mission-ready.
Cadet Interactive, CP Publications Delayed
The new Cadet Interactive program was scheduled to debut Oct. 5 as an updated CAP Regulation 60-1 and a host of other Cadet Programs publications went into effect.

The National Cadet Team has rescheduled the launch for Oct. 26 to ensure members receive training ahead of time to keep cadet promotions rolling smoothly. (The delay is on CP’s side, not IT’s.)

Keep an eye on PROPS and the Cadet Blog for training materials and updates over the next month.
CadetInvest Applications On Hold Until Oct. 15
Opening of CadetInvest applications for the new fiscal year was schedule to open on Oct. 1, but has been delayed until Oct. 15 to allow for upgrades to the application system.  

As a result, the new CadetInvest application cycle will be from noon Central Time Oct. 15 to noon Central Time Dec. 31.
One Week Remains for CyberPatriot XIV Registration
Civil Air Patrol units have one week left to register teams for the 2021-22 CyberPatriot season. The team registration deadline for CyberPatriot XIV is Oct. 5, with a deadline of Nov. 1 to lock in the individual team members.

CyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

Senior members don't need to be technical-minded to be a coach. Biweekly meetings of CAP coaches will be held starting Sept. 29. Contact Maj. Bill Blatchley at for the call-in information. Additionally, a unique CyberPatriot playbook from the Civil Air Patrol perspective is available.

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Register Now for Fall Cisco Networking Academy Cohort
As part of Civil Air Patrol’s ongoing partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, a fall cohort will soon be open for CAP members to register. The cohort will run Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
With the kickoff of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15, it is important to note that this fall all CAP NetAcad courses will be offered in Spanish. Cisco Business Development Manager Sara Shreve said, “After participating in the 2021 CAP National Conference and joining the Recruiting for Diversity session, it was clear to me that NetAcad could help CAP become more inclusive by offering courses in different languages. We are starting off with Spanish and are extremely excited to launch this effort, as cybersecurity training is important no matter what language you speak.”

Over six different course options are available, including Introduction to Cybersecurity, Linux, Introduction to Cisco’s Packet Tracer, and more. Since January over 2,900 members have enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy courses. All members are also encouraged to work through the material together and complete the quizzes individually to receive completion credit and a digital badge.

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Last Chance to Register for Wing Command Seminar
Only a couple of weeks remain to register for a virtual “Leadership Development for Wing Command” seminar hosted by CAP's Mentoring Program.
The seminar, scheduled for Oct. 9 and 16, is to provide information to members interested in being a Wing Commander. Each will consist of a variety of topics important to the success of being a Wing Commander, including wing and National Headquarters department interactions. Several topics will be eligible for Volunteer University Level IV and Level V module credit.
Registration will be taking place through Oct. 15. For more information or to register, check out the Mentoring Program webpage.
In "This Week in CAP Historyin 2012, the Wyoming Wing hosted an orientation flight with a twist — teachers were flying.

Through Civil Air Patrol's Teacher Orientation Program, schoolteachers who are also aerospace education members have the chance to fly in a CAP plane, taking the controls and bringing that experience back to their students. The Casper Star-Tribune covered this experience with a front-page article, with an elementary school teacher taking to the skies.

Read more about her experience on page A1 and page A11 of the Star-Tribune.
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