New Commanders Named for CAP's S.W., N.E. Regions

Civil Air Patrol regions at opposite ends of the country will welcome new commanders Cols. Martha C. Morris and Everett C. Hume in August in change of command ceremonies in Texas and Connecticut.

Morris, Southwest Region director of operations and former Arizona Wing commander, accepted the appointment as region commander last week. She will succeed Col. Joe Smith, who has led the Southwest Region since August 2017.
Hume, now a Northeast Region'vice commander and former Massachusetts Wing commander, will succeed Col. Jack Ozer, who has also commanded the region for the past four years.

Both appointments by National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith drew praise from Maj. Gen.-select Ed Phelka, national vice commander, who becomes national commander in August.

“I have seen Col. Morris in action as a very talented and highly capable leader,” said Phelka, who led the selection committee for both region appointments. “Under her leadership, I am certain that Southwest Region will continue to excel.”

Phelka added, “I look forward to Col. Hume’s service as region commander. His credentials in CAP are top-notch, particularly in regard to leadership at all levels of the organization. Plus, he brings relevant experience both professionally and in CAP in the all-important field of safety.”
STEM Kit Program Offers New Cyber Kit
CAP's STEM Kit Program has released a new Skit, 30 Days Lost in Space. The new addition is an electronics kit that teaches the basics of programming, wiring and more. 

The new kit is the 21st designed by CAP for its cadets and K-12 educators. Use of the popular kits helps increase students' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as well as aviation.
99th Cadet Earns 'Wings' Through CAP Program
Earlier today, Cadet Col. Daniel Laudadio (pictured, at left, with an unidentified examiner) became the 99th cadet to earn his FAA private pilot certificate through CAP's Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program.

Laudadio, a member of the Mississippi Wing's Desoto Composite Squadron, is currently attending CAP’s residential Advanced Flight Training Academy in Columbus, Indiana, and is the first cadet of this year's residential flight training class to achieve this flying milestone. 

About a dozen CAP cadets are participating in residential flight training this summer at five different locations nationwide. The Cadet Wings program is supporting the cadets' efforts to earn their private pilot certificates.
2 N.Y. Cadets Receive Private Pilot Certificates
Two New York Wing cadets are among the latest to earn their private pilot certificates through the Cadet Wings program.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Hubbard (right) received his certificate on June 29, becoming the 97th cadet to do so. He is a member of the New York Wing's Vedder Composite Squadron in Schenectady.

On July 5, Cadet Staff Sgt. Felice Rucci, (below) with his certified flight instructor, Capt. Martha Pickard, became the 98th cadet to receive his certificate. He is a member of the Rochester Composite Squadron.

We're making pilots in upstate New York thanks to the Cadet Wings scholarship program. And it is awesome! Pickard said, noting that Rucci is one of two cadets from the Rochester squadron and the wing's Finger Lakes Group to achieve Cadet Wings graduate status over the past 10 days, with two more cadets nearing completion of the program.
Another Operation Pulse Lift Milestone: 100th Donor Event

Operation Pulse Lift marks its 100th blood donor center event this week when the Arizona Wing's Falcon Composite Squadron 305 hosts the 100th such event in the mission's history.

The milestone event is set for July 7 in Mesa, and it will be followed by yet another blood drive at the same location later in the week.

Operation Pulse Lift has collected 5,006 units of blood since the mission began in 2019; 4,492 have been donated during the COVID-19 crisis.

Operation Pulse Lift is about about one-third of the way through its “100 Days of Giving” campaign a CAP challenge made in anticipation of a critical time of the year for the American Red Cross.

The campaign collected 217 units of blood over the past week. Among those donors was Illinois Wing Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Massey (above), who celebrated the Fourth of July by giving blood. With 68 days left in the “100 Days of Giving” challenge, the CAP goal of 500 units is in sight. To date, 355 units have been donated.
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This is Final Week for Early Bird Registration

Only one week is left for early bird registration for the 2021 National Conference. More than 1,400 CAP members have signed up so far. Join them and others from your squadron, wing and around the country like Mid-Atlantic Region Commander Col. Bruce Heinlein, 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 as well as other special prizes.

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.
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).

Indoor flights do not occur in the National Airspace System and are therefore not regulated by FAA. However, CAP's Aerospace Education team strongly suggests all members flying sUAS, whether indoor or outdoor, take the TRUST. It is the safe and responsible approach to make sure CAP is FAA-compliant.

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.
Calling All CAP Videographers: Share Your Clips With Us
Do you have an excellent video from a CAP event or perhaps from a squadron activity?

National Headquarters' Marketing and Strategic Communications team is seeking video to share and use for CAP's 80th anniversary as well as for recruiting projects.

Please send us a link to your videos and we'll follow up with you.
The South Dakota and North Dakota wings are teaming up for This Week in CAP History.

In 2015, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls published a profile of Civil Air Patrol after its response to a tornado that struck the town of Delmont. Featuring CAP's three missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, the Leader interviewed CAP cadets and senior members the profile, but that's not all! In the same edition, another story featured then-Cadet Brandon West, a CAP member who planned to fly to every airport in South Dakota after being introduced to flight by CAP.

Check out both newspaper stories the front-page articles as well as their continuation inside.
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