Phelka to Assume CAP Command in August
On May 21, CAP's Board of Governors selected National Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka to be the organization's next National Commander and CEO. He will assume command Aug. 26 in a ceremony with Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, current national commander/CEO.

Phelka will serve as CAP’s top senior leader for the next three years, leading 54,000 members across the U.S. in fulfilling the organization’s three primary missions — emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. In its role as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP is a member of the Total Force, filling a critical role in Defense Support of Civil Authorities that includes preserving life, relieving suffering and providing training support.
Former Cadet Top Graduate at Air Force Academy
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Campbell Mandela Andersen of the academy’s class of 2021 and CAP National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith point out Andersen’s newly added name on the plaque showing top-performing current and former CAP cadets in each academy graduating class since 1984.

In a ceremony May 24, Smith recognized Andersen as the No. 1-ranked CAP cadet graduating from the academy this year and also the top overall graduate in his class. The former New York Wing cadet is believed to be the first from CAP to achieve that since Hila Levy of the Puerto Rico Wing in 2008.

Cadet 1st Class Andersen is a top performer in all regards, said Smith, an academy graduate himself. He is a tribute to both CAP’s cadet program and the U.S. Air Force Academy, reflecting the core values which we hold dear in CAP integrity, excellence, volunteer service and respect. I am proud to have him as a CAP alumni and a member of the Air Force’s long blue line.
Pacific Region's Ishikata Endorses CAP Push for Diversity, Inclusion: 'Everyone Needs to Be Involved'
CAP recognizes Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a profile of Col. George Ishikata, commander of the Pacific Region.

Ishikata’s experiences as a Japanese American have helped shape his views on not only challenges and opportunities but also about CAP’s continuing campaign for diversity.
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National Commander Provides Retention Tips

National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s Recruiting and Retention Series from 2018.

Smith's Don't Waste People's Time,” part of the second half of his 2018 series, is featured today.
Let CAP Teachers Know You Appreciate Them
As a 2020-2021 school year unlike any other comes to a close, CAP encourages you to thank the teacher members in our ranks who have powered through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some 4,400 CAP aerospace education members nationwide teach their kindergarten-12th grade students an array of aviation/STEM subjects.

Watch this video saluting them as well as CAP's aerospace education officers who provide monthly AE lessons to our cadets and senior members. The video was produced for Teacher Appreciation Week, observed earlier this month.
Marathon Offers Chances to Participate, Volunteer
This year’s Air Force Marathon offers CAP members the opportunity not only to participate in person or online, and at a 15% discount, but also to volunteer during the race weekend Sept. 16-18 in Dayton, Ohio.

The 15OFFCAP discount code applies to the in-person event in mid-September and to virtual events throughout that month. It also applies to any or all of the six virtual Heritage Race series taking place every two months.
Safety Program's May Newsletter Published Online
The latest edition of the Safety Beacon, online newsletter of CAP's Safety Program, is now available. The issue's lead feature focuses on having the right “safety attitude” and why it's important. Another segment offers tips for heat illness awareness.
Applications Sought for Online Content Manager
The CAP National Historian is accepting applications for an online content manager. Applications will be accepted indefinitely until the position is filled.
“This Week in CAP History” puts the Montana Wing in the spotlight!

This feature in the Billings Gazette from May of 1995 highlights the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and specifically interviews then-cadet Nicole Pilakowski, who received a scholarship she earned due to her service in CAP.

Read the original article from the Gazette.
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