CAP Flight 912

This CAP aircraft, tail number N9344L, was the only civilian aircraft authorized to fly in and around New York City on Sept. 12, 2001, to evaluate the damage caused by the destruction of the World Trade Center. It will soon be part of a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio,

Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, CAP national commander, and Randy Bolinger, CAP's marketing chief, made the delivery March 14 as part of CAP Flight 912.

A ceremony announcing the museum's latest addition is planned for September.

Former U.N. Ambassador Siv Takes Flight

to Remember in Historic CAP Aircraft

Some of Lt. Col. Sichan Siv’s most memorable moments have been spent in the air, like his 1976 flight to the U.S. as a refugee from Cambodia, and his 2018 ride on Air Force One as it carried the body of the first of two presidents he served.  

On March 3, Siv, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and presidential assistant in the White House from 1989-1993, added the latest chapter to those memories as one of the last pilots to ride in N9344L. Affectionally known as “44 LIMA,” the CAP aircraft was the only civil craft in U.S. airspace on Sept. 12, 2001. The New York Wing aircrew was carrying out a mission to take aerial photos of the devastation below after the previous day’s terrorist attacks.  

More About Siv and his Flight in N9344L

Air Force Chief of Staff Praises Spaatz Recipients; Brothers Receive Award Nos. 2,500, 2,479

Gen. David W. Allvin knows there’s something special about being known by a number. The 23rd chief of staff of the Air Force even signs his name with an accompanying “#23.” 

“There’s a reason I do that,” he said during the Spaatz Association's 20th Annual Midwinter Gala on March 2 in Washington, D.C. “I need to honor what No. 22 did. And I know that legacy that I feel so powerfully that I need to support started with No. 1.” 

In the 60-year history of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award named after the first chief of staff of the Air Force only 2,515 cadets have earned the honor as of the end of February. That number represents, on average, five cadets out of every 1,000. 

“There are 995 cadets who are out there, either aspiring to be them or admiring them,” Allvin said. “That’s not a burden. That’s a responsibility, and it’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to take this … well-earned award and roll it into the future. Help create that future that the country expects.”

During the event the association highlighted two more very special numbers: 2,479 and 2,500. Those figures represent the Spaatz awards achieved by Cadet Cols. Thomas Lynch, 16, and Kieran Lynch, 18, from the Hawaii Wing's Saint Louis Crusaders Composite Squadron. 

More About the Spaatz Association and its 30th Anniversary

Air Force Academy Freshman Tells

'I Felt Unstoppable' After Cadet Wings

Cadets from the Oregon and Virginia wings recently earned their private pilot certificate through the Civil Air Patrol Youth Aviation Initiative's Cadet Wings program.

Cadet Maj. Annabelle Towles (right) of the Virginia Wing’s Langley Composite Squadron is attending the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her career plan is to commission as an officer in the Air Force. Towles also wants to fly F-22 Raptors, become a test pilot, and eventually become the first astronaut on Mars. 

"I soloed at Chesapeake Regional Airport, an untowered airport in Southeastern Virginia. Afterward, I felt unstoppable," she said in a question-and-answer interview with

Cadet 1st Lt. Jadon Santarpio (left) of the Oregon Wing’s Columbia Composite Squadron plans to become a certificated flight instructor and accumulate hours before deciding flying for an airline or a small cargo company or as a corporate pilot. or working for a small cargo company. He is finishing an associate degree in aeronautical science at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. 

More About Towles and Santarpio and their Cadet Wings Experience

CAP Unveils Sports Series in Advance of Olympics

If Civil Air Patrol needs an example of a Renaissance cadet, look no further than Cadet Maj. Gabriella Orme of the Michigan Wing.

As if flying as a pilot, running her own aviation welding business out of her garage, and attending community college aren’t enough, she’s also medaled in some 100 martial arts competitions, with an eye toward possibly competing in the Olympics as part of the U.S. Taekwondo National Team.

Orme (pictured) is one of two elite CAP athletes featured so far in advance of this year's Summer Olympic Games.

The other is Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Gavin Murray of the Tennessee Wing — a member of the victorious Under-15 team at the 2023 USA Bowling National Championships.

More About Orme and Her Martial Arts Achievements
More About Murray, the Championship Bowler

Next Commanders in Iowa, Mississippi, and Ohio

Col.(-select) Gary Hornosky (at left) is the next commander of CAP’s Mississippi Wing, Col. Jeffery Garrett, Southeast Region commander, has announced.

A formal change of command ceremony is set for May 18 at the wing conference in Jackson, with Hornosky succeeding Col. Robert P. Mims, wing commander since May 2021.

“Lt. Col. Hornosky's military and civilian experience, combined with his tremendous work over the last 20-plus years in the Mississippi Wing, have him in a perfect position to assume command of the wing,” Garrett said. “He will continue the traditions of excellence that the Mississippi Wing has become accustomed to.”

Hornosky is one of three new wing commanders selected recently.

The others are Col.(-select) David A. Dlugiewicz (center), who will be the next commander of the Ohio Wing, and Lt. Col. Sean McClanahan (right), Iowa Wing chief of staff, who has been selected as the wing’s next commander.

More About Hornosky and His Appointment
More About Dlugiewicz and His Appointment 
More About McClanaham and His Appointment

Mission Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

On March 12, CAP's Operation Pulse Lift team was notified by the White House AmeriCorps office it will receive the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 50,000 hours of selfless volunteer service to the nation.

This came exactly 30 days before the mission's seven-year anniversary date April 12, 2017.  Congratulations to all members who have supported the mission's 517 Blood Donor Center events at 56 sites, in 20 states (including Alaska and Puerto Rico); the donation of 10,474 units of blood by individual CAP members from each one of CAP's 52 wings; and 1,736 emergency/lifesaving transports.

More About Operation Pulse Lift

NHQ News

CAP Participates in Solar Eclipse Project

More than 350 Civil Air Patrol teams will be collecting data for NASA during the April 8 solar eclipse in support of the NASA GLOBE Eclipse project.

Teams of 5-10 CAP members from all 52 wings will collect data about the eclipse's effects on weather (air temperature, cloud cover/type, wind speed/direction, and precipitation) and track the impact on VHF radio operations.

CAP units have until March 31 to register for the NASA GLOBE Eclipse Project.

Learn More and Register for the Eclipse Project

What You Should Know About Your Beneficiaries

Did you know?

  • Having a valid will in place isn’t enough.
  • The average middle-aged adult has more than five non-probate assets.
  • Assets you pass on outside your will are called non-probate assets. They include IRAs, 401(k)s, donor-advised funds, life insurance policies, and certain bank and brokerage accounts.
  • If beneficiaries are properly set for these non-probate assets, they can transfer faster than your assets that must go through probate.

Thanks to FreeWill, you can easily plan beneficiaries for your non-probate assets in one place.

Plan Your Beneficiaries, All in One Place

Take this Survey, Help Shape Cadets' Futures

In the spirit of continuous improvement and commitment to excellence, the Cadet Programs team announces the launch of the Annual Cadet Survey — a cornerstone in understanding and enhancing the CAP cadet program in our squadrons.

All cadets 13 and older, along with parents and adult leaders in various positions, are invited to take part. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and we respect your right to opt out. Responses are strictly confidential, ensuring anonymity throughout the process.

The survey will be open until March 31.

Your insights and experiences hold the key to shaping the future of the cadet program. Please select the appropriate survey link below to contribute:


For additional details, please visit the Annual Cadet Survey homepage.

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Report Your Blood Donations to CAP

For more information, go to Operation Pulse Lift's new webpage on There you will find the latest Blood Donation Center schedules, instructions on how to set up a BDC, and other mission information.

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