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Don’t miss out on keynote and innovational speakers Malcolm Gladwell, a New York Times best-selling author, and Microsoft’s former chief Xbox officer, Robbie Bach.

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Join South Carolina Wing Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Nicole Shaffner, a 33-year CAP member and a former cadet, for direct access to over 140 professional development opportunities at the 2021 National Virtual Conference, scheduled for Aug. 12-14.
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500 Continuous Days of COVID-19 Support by CAP
On Friday, CAP will mark its 500th continuous day of providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missions performed by over 40 CAP wings nationwide have included distributing vaccines, test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and food/critical supplies via air and ground. Additional missions have involved manning vaccination, food distribution and emergency operations centers for state and local agencies.

The response by CAP is the organization's largest campaign since World War II.

More recently, its missions have included the setup of Blood Donor Centers in Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas in support of the American Red Cross. These efforts as well as individual donations made by CAP members across the country part of Operation Pulse Lift have yielded more than 5,100 units of blood, potentially saving (according to the Red Cross) nearly 15,500 lives!
Former Mo. Wing Cadet Nilsen Pole Vaults to Olympic Medal

Chris Nilsen, a former Missouri Wing cadet, won the silver medal for the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympics in the men's pole vault finals this morning, clearing 5.97 meters a personal best.

Ranked fifth in the world, the three-time NCAA champion (indoors in 2017 and twice outdoors in 2018 and 2019) pole vaulter for the University of South Dakota captured gold at the 2019 Pan American Games and placed first at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials as the only vaulter to clear 5.90m.

He qualified for the Olympic finals with a jump of 5.75m during the preliminary heats.
Cadet Awards Highlight F-22 Demonstration Team Visit
The Murfreesboro Composite Squadron's “Officers' Club” trip to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, included the experience of a lifetime for a pair of cadets in the Tennessee Wing squadron.

During the visit, U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Cabo” Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, presented Cadet Capts. Emerson Garfield (left) and Christopher Samaha (right) with CAP's Amelia Earhart Award.

I was extremely inspired and in awe of the power and capabilities of the F-22 Raptor,”  Garfield said. I was honored to have Maj. Gunderson present my Amelia Earhart Award. I am very thankful for such a unique and historic opportunity.”  
Space Force Duo to N.J. Members: 'Sky is Not the Limit'
Capt. Bud Jackson Composite Squadron members’ perspectives reached beyond Earth’s bounds when the New Jersey Wing hosted a pair of special guest speakers from the U.S. Space Force in a recent online session.

More than 110 participants, including visitors from other squadrons, listened as Maj. Jose Almanzar (top) and Capt. Ronald Nguyen discussed the new military branch’s goals and purpose, talked about their jobs, provided advice and covered other topics.

Almanzar's advice to the cadets? “The sky is not the limit, so it is your time to soar!”
NHQ News
In 2014, Congress approved the Congressional Gold Medal for CAP's volunteer efforts during World War II. One of the early members, Mary Pat Shely, is the focus of This Week in CAP History.

Always humble about her wartime service in the Kentucky Wing, Shely was finally awarded a Congressional Gold Medal replica for her work in 2018 at age 94. Shely's bravery and service aren't even the most impressive part of her story, though. She taught herself to fly and had a long career as a teacher and athlete.

Check out the full story about Shely in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
This Week's Top Headlines
“New York Wing of Civil Air Patrol Conducts Statewide Training”
(Montgomery, N.Y.)

“[Civil Air Patrol's] Kalishek Elected New NAFI Board Chair”
(Milwaukee, Wis.)

“Civil Air Patrol Cadets Visit Base, See Flight Line Operations”
(Travis AFB, Calif.)
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