CAP Still Performing COVID-19 Missions, Responding to Wildfires, Hurricane Sally
Civil Air Patrol has been conducting COVID-19 missions for communities, states and the nation for 187 continuous days now. CAP members have contributed more than 32,000 days of volunteer service. 

There are currently 23 CAP wings with ongoing COVID-19 missions. These wings are performing a total of 26 Air Force-assigned missions and nine corporate missions.

Here is a statistical rundown of what CAP's COVID-19 missions have delivered, as of Sept. 28:
  • 6.7 million meals;
  • 859,000 pounds of food;
  • 2.3 million masks;
  • 21,800 test kits;
  • 92,000 test samples; and
  • 766 blood units.

In addition to the COVID-19 missions, CAP is also conducting wildfire and hurricane relief missions in California, Oregon and Florida. CAP members have contributed almost 700 volunteer days so far for these missions.
Minn.'s Kuehlwein Earns His 'Cadet Wings'
On Sept. 22, Cadet Capt. Matthew Kuehlwein of the Minnesota Wing became the 61st cadet to earn his private pilot certificate through CAP's Cadet Wings program.

Kuehlwein, a member of the St. Paul Composite Squadron, is the fourth cadet from the Minnesota Wing to earn their certificate in September.

Others include Cadet Airman Michael McCue (No. 58), Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Taylor Plasschaert (No. 57) and Cadet Airman Sadie Blace (No. 56).
Ishikata Appointed to Command Pacific Region
A former cadet and longtime CAP member with nearly 30 years’ experience in the U.S. Army has been selected as the Pacific Region’s new commander.

Lt. Col. George K. Ishikata of the California Wing’s San Francisco Cadet Squadron accepted the appointment by Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, on Sept. 20. Ishikata succeeds Col. Jon Stokes, who has commanded the region since 2016.

Ishikata’s three-year term as region commander, which will come with a promotion to colonel, begins Nov. 14.

“I look forward to the opportunity of working with Col. Ishikata in this new capacity,” Smith said. “I strongly believe that he is the best choice for the position, considering his extensive CAP credentials, particularly in Cadet Programs, as well as his leadership experience from the Army.”
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What Does It Mean to Be a Good Steward?
National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith's What Does It Mean? Video Series from 2019 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of CAP's Total Force partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

Last week, you saw the fourth installment of this weekly series, "What Does It Mean to Serve?" This week's video, the last one in the series, answers the question, "What Does It Mean to Be a Good Steward?"
Diversity Officer Encourages Senior Members
to Complete Leadership Development Survey 
As part of CAP's diversity and inclusion efforts, National Diversity Officer Lt. Col. Liz Sydow is working with Baker University and CAP's Education and Training Program to survey all senior members on the leadership development process. The results of this survey will be used to determine an action plan for improvement. 

“The survey will be sent to all senior members in the next week using Constant Contact,” Sydow said. “All senior members are encouraged to complete the survey to provide information about their interest and experience in pursuing leadership roles in CAP.”
Applications Taken for Upcoming BoG Vacancy
Applications are still open for the Board of Governors vacancy to be created when Col. Brad Lynn's Member-at-Large term ends early next year. The deadline for applying is at 12 p.m. CT (midnight) on Friday, Oct. 2.

Lynn is the current chairman of the board and his term ends Feb. 28.

The board's four Members-at-Large serve three-year terms. CAP members may nominate themselves to fill these positions as they're vacated.

Minimum requirements are:
  • Senior member in good standing.
  • CAP grade of major or above.
  • Paul E. Garber Award (Level IV).
  • At least five years' CAP membership.
Join CAP in Promoting Cybersecurity Awareness
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and CAP is doing its part to participate in the observance.

CAP is a 2020 champion organization this year, partnering with the National CyberSecurity Alliance. All units in CAP are encouraged to host cyber security training regularly; it would make a great monthly safety briefing. With many attending school and working from home, there is no better time to educate and #BeCyberSmart to keep your devices and home network secure. National Cyberspace Awareness Month resources can be found at

One great opportunity to jump start or continue your learning is to complete the Introduction to Cybersecurity course as part of the Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) Learn-A-Thon. During the national conference, the new partnership was announced with Cisco. The national team is working to get the needed infrastructure in place to release the curriculum. Look for the curriculum to be released soon.

When asked why members should consider completing this course, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's national commander and CEO, said, “Cyber security affects every one of us and is critical to our safety and the sovereignty of our nation. Taking courses such as those offered by our partners like Cisco is imperative to ensuring that we continue to embrace a safety culture that will keep not only ourselves but also our fellow CAP airmen and citizens safe from those who would do us harm. ”

For more information on CAP’s cyber programs, check out or go to our Facebook page.
Development to Host Estate Planning Webinar
Have you planned for your future? CAP is here to support our members as much as possible, and that means ensuring you have the resources needed to create a safe, secure future for you and your loved ones.

One easy way to do just that is by creating an estate plan. To help share some information on this important life task, and debunk some common misconceptions around it, CAP will be hosting an estate planning webinar on Wednesday, Oct 21. Two times are available at noon CDT and again at 7 p.m. CDT.

We’ll also be sharing our free will-writing resource, to help make estate planning quick, easy, and cost-free for our members. If you want to get started right away, you can click here to start writing your will, in 20 minutes or less. You’ve helped to protect and support the futures of communities across America — we hope you join our webinar to learn about ways to support your future. RSVP to with your preferred time.
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