S.W. Region's Ready to Serve on CAP Board of Governors

The vice commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Region, probably better known in CAP for his service at the national level, has been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Governors.

Col. Brian Ready, 61, of Phoenix was chosen June 25 by the CAP Senior Advisory Group to succeed Col. Dale Newell as an at-large member of the board. Ready’s term begins on Aug. 28.
In announcing Ready’s appointment on Monday, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, national commander and CEO, said, “Col. Ready has a strong and broad grasp of Civil Air Patrol given his key national level role on our Information Technology Steering Committee, his current role as Southwest Region’s vice commander, and his highly successful tenure as the Arizona Wing commander.”
5 Reasons CAP Cadets Should Consider Transitioning to Senior Membership
Cadets may wonder if there is life in CAP after they turn 21. The short answer is “yes.” Cadets who transition to senior membership often find their participation in CAP to be just as rewarding and fulfilling, but in different ways.

Former cadets, including Maj. Gen.-select Brig. Gen Edward Phelka, weigh in on the subject in this CAP.news feature, offering five things older cadets should consider as they near the time when they’re eligible to transition to senior membership.
Calif. Pilots Conduct Training for Hawaii Wing
A pair of California Wing check pilot examiners, including Capt. Keith Breton (right), spent seven 12-hour days training pilots in a neighboring wing after the Hawaii Wing decided to increase its check pilot ranks.

Lt. Col. Rojo Herrera, seen riding with Breton, assisted as the Hawaii Wing's air operations branch director for the training sessions, which resulted in new certifications for eight Hawaii Wing pilots.

“It was an excellent week of training,” said Col. Chantal Lonergan, Hawaii Wing commander. “It highlighted the ‘One CAP’ philosophy, and we look forward to more joint training events."
Earning Their Wings: 93rd-96th Cadets Receive Private Pilot Certificates Through CAP Program
Cadet Lt. Col. Jeremy Dunn of the Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron is the 93rd cadet to earn his private pilot certificate through CAP's Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program.

Dunn, at top left with his FAA flight examiner, Neal Lanning, received his certificate on June 15, just in time to leave for basic training as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy's class of 2025.

News of Dunn's achievement and his pending assignment in Colorado Springs reached CAP National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, who passed along his congratulations through Dunn's father, Carroll Composite Squadron Commander Capt. Deric Dunn.

Fifty-one years ago I reported to the academy to begin basic training, so I have a feel for what Jeremy is going through, Smith said. Please pass along my regards when you have the chance to correspond with him. I have confidence that he will do well.

On June 17, two other cadets also received their certificates through the Cadet Wings program:

  • Cadet Master Sgt. Francis Treutlein (#94) of the Virginia Wing's Winchester Composite Squadron, seen above displaying his certificate in front of the CAP aircraft he piloted.

  • Cadet 2nd Lt. Miguel Daly (#95) of the Georgia Wing's Cobb County Composite Squadron in Marietta, pictured below (top photo) with his primary CAP flight instructor, Capt. James Hylton.

A fourth Cadet Wings graduate, Cadet 2nd Lt. Nicholas Randall (#96) of the New York Wing's Rochester Composite Squadron received his certificate on June 25. Randall is pictured below (bottom photo) with his FAA examiner, Patrick Long.

With the addition of these four new pilots, that's eight CAP cadets who have graduated from the Cadet Wings program during the past month.
Operations Wing Named in Honor of Col. Guertin
June 29 is the late Col. Carolyn A. Guertin’s birthday. She would have been 93 today.

Guertin was a pioneer in CAP and the Virginia Wing, the 11th cadet to join the wing. She remained an active member the rest of her life, commanding a squadron and serving in emergency services. She was a mentor to many cadets and seniors and a role model for all.

To honor Guertin, who passed in 2020, the Virginia Wing has dedicated the operations wing at its wing headquarters building in Chesterfield in her name.

While she is no longer with us in person, her spirit forever continues to live with us,said Wing Commander Col. Elizabeth Sydow, who announced dedication of the Col. Carolyn A. Guertin Operations Wing in an email to all wing members.

Please take a moment to watch this video and think of Col. Guertin today,” she added.
150 Units of Blood Donated as Part of CAP Challenge
After its first 25 days, Operation Pulse Lift's campaign for the 100 Dangerous Days of Summer has reached an unprecedented 150 units of blood collected from CAP members in 26 wings.

The CAP challenge was made in anticipation of a critical time of the year for the American Red Cross, which issued a national alert last week announcing a severe blood shortage with a need for Type O donors.

With 75 days left in its 100 Days of Giving campaign, the CAP goal still sits at 500 units of blood.
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Early Bird Conference Registration Remains Open

The 2021 National Conference registration is off to a fantastic start as more than 1,000 CAP members have registered so far. Join them and others from your squadron, wing and around the country like this CAP cadet, who shared his “Journey to Conference” message for this three-day virtual event.

Members who register by July 12 will get their registration free ($50 ticket value). Early bird registrants will also receive specialized backgrounds for use during the conference and other surprises.

Make plans now for this virtual conference. Just click the blue button below to register. 1941history2021 is the access code you'll use to sign up.
Join the Entrepreneurs Innovation Competition
Only one week is left to submit your invention to the 2021 CAP Entrepreneurs Innovation Competition.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be recognized by the National Commander for your innovation solution at the National Conference. Submissions to HUBCAP are due by July 6 for a chance to virtually present your invention and be recognized for your creative contributions.

Check out the details on CAP’s Entrepreneurs Innovation Competition site.
Take This FAA Safety Test to Fly CAP-Issued sUAS
Any CAP senior member, cadet, aerospace education member or student who flies a CAP-issued small Unmanned Aerial System recreationally is now required by the FAA to take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). This applies to all outdoor sUAS STEM Kits (Quadcopter, RC Aircraft and VTOL). 

TRUST is free and can be taken online through the Academy of Model Aeronautics website. Instructions on taking the test and registering the completion certificate on eServices can be found here.
Applications Sought for National YAI Panel Member
Cadet Programs is accepting applications for national Youth Aviation Initiative panel member. Interested CAP members can apply through midnight CDT Aug. 20.
15 Cyber STEM Camp Seats Available to CAP Cadets
Through a new partnership with the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, 15 seats have been made available to CAP cadets for its upcoming virtual cyber STEM camp. Interested cadets should visit cyber.cap.gov to apply for a seat by July 2. 
The Arkansas Wing is the focus of This Week in CAP History.

The Baxter Bulletin featured a search and rescue exercise conducted by the wing in July 1998.

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