December 2020
News for Alumni & Friends
Citizens Serving Communities to Save Lives and Shape Lives

Inside this Issue...An Air Force magazine highlight; Video Corner; you can save lives and shape lives this giving season; Adopt-a-Classroom launch; CAP achieves trifecta of charity trust; your holiday must-read; response maps; radar team finds missing planes; gifts with tax benefits; Final Salute and more..
Putting the CAP on COVID-19
Thanks for the highlight, Air Force Times!
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the nation called once again, Civil Air Patrol volunteers were ready. From March through October—and beyond—CAP logged its second-longest campaign ever, surpassed only by its missions in World War II.

CAP's response has included...
Hands-on Aviation:
Delaware Wing Resumes Cadet Orientation Flights
Masks Required, Sunglasses Optional
Video courtesy of Middletown Cadet Squadron
With the Delaware Wing in the second phase of reopening, cadets were finally able to experience orientation flights.
The Cadet Oath: 2020 in Review
When CAP cadets recite the oath, they promise to serve their communities, state and nation. For many young people in cadet programs, the oath is one of the first things they learn that give them guiding principles for life. Do you remember when you took an oath?
Can you recite the cadet oath?
Yes, I sure can!
Maybe, but I might have to practice a few times!
Not today, but my cranium is full of great cadet memories!
I am a Friend of CAP and really appreciate the oath as character development!
You Can Save Lives and Shape Lives
"To prepare myself for service to my community, state and nation." --- CAP Cadet Oath
Every dollar makes a difference in reaching youth through aerospace education and preparing cadets to serve their communities, state and nation.

We are experiencing a significant increase in applications to help deserving cadets attend encampments, focus on flight and academic scholarships and fulfill teacher requests to fund aerospace education in school curriculum.

Your gift of:
  • $35 supports a teacher in accessing our aerospace education program,
  • $50 pays for one school-aged child to participate in aerospace education,
  • $125 provides one hour of flying time for a cadet,
  • $250 funds a scholarship to attend an encampment,
  • $500 funds a classroom for aerospace education, or
  • $1,000 or more provides a full academic or flight scholarship for a deserving cadet.

Don’t delay. You can save lives and shape lives with a donation today.
CAP Introduces
Adopt-a-Classroom Program
CAP is launching a new program to connect squadrons with local sixth grade teachers to build relationships in the local educational community that stimulate interest in aerospace-related STEM subjects/careers and awareness of CAP and its youth programs. 
Your donation of $35 supports a teacher
and your gift of $500 supports a classroom
CAP Achieves Trifecta in Charity Giving Status
CAP has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance signifying it a well-run nonprofit organization deserving of donor trust, having met key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals.

“We now have the trifecta of charity review recognition -- GuideStar Platinum, BBB Accredited Charity and the 'Give with Confidence' Seal from Charity Navigator. It’s a really great way to enter...
Your Holiday Must-Read!
"An Honorable Place in American Air Power:"
Civil Air Coastal Patrol Operations, 1942-1943

Researched and Written
by Cadet Alumnus
Col. Frank Blazich
Author Frank Blazich, who has a PhD in history, has spent years researching and compiling disparate records of CAP's short-lived--but influential--coastal patrol operations of World War II, which he synthesizes into the first scholarly monograph that cements the legacy of this unique and vital wartime civil-military cooperative effort. [Dr. Frank Blazich / 2020 / 258 pages / ISBN: 9781585663057 / AU Press Code: B-168]

Blazich is the curator of modern military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and serves in a volunteer capacity as the director of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History.
as of Dec. 10, 2020
Saving Lives Outside the Pandemic Arena
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
Missing Planes:
An Inside Look at the Team That Finds Them
‘You’re hoping you get there soon enough’
If you ever see Mark Young rush into a coffee shop and pull out his computer, odds are he is setting up to track a missing aircraft as part of a national recovery or rescue attempt.
Young is commander of the nation’s only aircraft search and rescue radar team – a group of volunteer data hounds who can find a missing plane within minutes.

CAP formally established the National Radar Analysis Team as a national squadron in 2008. It is responsible for locating downed planes anywhere in the United States, and its members use everything from....
Alumni & Friends Spotlight

Capt. Brian Winner
U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer
Cadet Alumnus, New Jersey Wing
Your Smartest Gift This Season...Last Chance!
Gift Stock or Contribute from Your Retirement Account Before Dec 31st
We know that many of you support CAP at year’s end to save lives and shape lives for America's future. But we don’t want you to break the bank while doing so.

In the spirit of helping you save while you give, consider creating a taxwise gift to support our emergency response services: a gift from your IRA or a donation of appreciated stocks.

  1. CAP supporters 70.5 or older can create a tax-free gift from their IRA accounts, which may help to keep them in a lower tax bracket. Use this free tool to learn more and get started.

  1. CAP supporters of all ages can transfer appreciated stocks to avoid paying capital gains. Use this free tool to get started on a stock gift.

Don’t wait! The best way to maximize your tax benefits is to give before the end of 2020.
Civil Air Patrol Final Salute
CAP offers friends and family the ability to make gifts in memory or honor of someone special. Tribute/memorial gifts made through the link below are listed in each issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine.
Civil Air Patrol - Development
Kristina E. Jones, M.A., CFRE, Chief of Philanthropy
Col. John M. Knowles, CAP, Deputy Chief of Alumni Relations
Donna Bass Maraman, Development Manager
Rebecca Stovall, Donor Database Specialist

(334) 953-9003 Direct
(833) IAM-4CAP Toll Free
Interested in talking about the legacy you want to leave?
Contact Kristina Jones, Chief of Philanthropy, at