May 2021
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Inside This Issue....Cadet alumnus awarded Antarctica Service Medal, cadets spring into cadet action with powered flights and encampments, Puerto Rico Wing demonstrates their robotic arm, Maj. Gen. Smith helps launch the Semper Vigilans Society, Spring Volunteer release, Oregon cadet alumni reunite while deployed, Col Sydow fills leadership roles, CAP's EAA AirVenture booth, CAP remembers Rep. Lester Wolff, Final Salute and more...
CAP Cadet Explorer Awarded
Antarctica Service Medal Decades Later
Dr. Robert N. Barger III salutes Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, CAP national vice commander, after receiving his Antarctic Service Medal, newly pinned on his lapel.
Dr. Robert N. Barger III, 82, was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal on May 15 for his service as the official Civil Air Patrol participant in the U.S. Navy’s Operation Deep Freeze II nearly 6½ decades ago.

Barger, a retired professor at the University of Notre Dame, participated as a teenager in a yearlong U.S. Navy-led operation in Antarctica and the South Pole that would...
Two Have Been Recognized,
Still Searching for Five Cadet Alumni...
There were SEVEN CAP cadets who participated in Operation Deep Freeze:

Cadet Maj Robert N. Barger III, Illinois Wing – 1956-57 (Deep Freeze II)
Cadet Maj George P. Sheaffer, Washington Wing – 1957-58 (Deep Freeze III)
Cadet Capt William G. Ehrlich, Nebraska – 1957-58 (Deep Freeze III)
Cadet Don W. Sanborn, Maine Wing – 1968-69 (Deep Freeze 68)
Cadet Jerry D. Fountain, Colorado Wing – 1968-69 (Deep Freeze 68)
Cadet John A. Coefield, Montana Wing – 1969-70 (Deep Freeze 69)
Cadet Alan H. Cockrell, Alabama Wing – 1969-70 (Deep Freeze 69)

Barger and Cockrell have received medals for their service in Operation Deep Freeze. 

If you have any information on these CAP alumni, please click below and we will share your information with Col Frank Blazich, Jr., Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for CAP history director and national historian emeritus.
When you were a teenager, would you have wanted to go to Antarctica?
Yes, I would go any day you could send me.
Yes, it would have been an adventure. Today, that is a little too far.
Maybe, how cold is it there?
No thanks, lots of other great places closer to my home as a teen.
Cadets in Action
Cadets from Michigan Wing's Lakeshore 119 Composite Squadron received powered orientation flights piloted by Maj. Kyle Curtiss from the Central Michigan Group earlier this month.
Nevada Wing Announces Summer Encampment
Puerto Rico Wing's Lt. Col. Elsa M. Soto-Torres Cadet Squadron Members Complete STEM Project
After several Saturdays working on a robotic arm, this was the completed result. Thanks to Senior Member Isaac Vasquez and Capt. Billy Blanco, aerospace education officers, for their dedication and support for this STEM project.
Photos by: Cadet MSgt Aryam M. Godoy
Leading by Example:
National Commander Helps Launch
Semper Vigilans Society
“It makes a difference in the life of a young person. That’s the beauty and the power of philanthropy." Maj. Gen. Mark. E. Smith
An expression that Maj. Gen. Mark Smith uses to describe a golden opportunity that shouldn’t be missed is “ticket to the game.” By including CAP in his planned giving, Smith is providing a fistful of tickets to hand out to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from CAP’s leadership and enrichment programs. He’s pleased to be in a position to help financially.

“It makes a difference in the life of a young person,” Smith said. “That’s the beauty and the power of philanthropy.” Smith, who retired in 2000 after a 26-year U.S. Air Force career, will conclude his extended four-year term as national commander and CEO of CAP in August. Numerous advancements and improvements have occurred under his leadership, including the launch of the Semper Vigilans Society in 2020. The society was established to recognize those who include CAP in their estate planning
Is Civil Air Patrol in your estate plans?
Not yet, but I/we are talking about the possibility
Would like more information
No, but thanks for asking!
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer Magazine is Published
Saving Lives
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
Alumni and Friends Spotlight #1
Once, Twice, Three Times a Colonel:
Va. Wing's Sydow Forges Pattern of Leadership
Very few CAP members ever reach the rank of colonel. Even fewer do so three times – but that’s just what Elizabeth A. Sydow has done as the new commander of CAP's Virginia Wing.

It was the third promotion to colonel for Sydow, who previously held the rank in...
Alumni & Friends Spotlight #2

Friends in High Places:
Former Ore. Wing Cadets Reunite in Unlikely Setting

“I got very excited about the program, and it started me on a path that made me who I am today,” Tristan said.
Long-lasting friendships in the military are special. Though separated by distance and years, friends can pick up right where they left off when they meet again.
That was the case for a pair of U.S. Air Force first lieutenants, Paul and Tristan (last names withheld for deployment security), who met in the Oregon Wing as CAP cadets.

Paul became interested in the organization when he noticed...

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July 26 - Aug. 1, 2021
Will you be attending EAA's AirVenture this year?
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No, not attending, but I like seeing CAP supporting more events
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CAP's National Scholarship Program
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CAP Charter Member and Advocate Wolff,
Former U.S. Rep., Dies at 102
CAP Col. and former U.S. Rep. Lester Wolff, one of CAP’s earliest members, died May 11. He was 102.

Wolff began his CAP volunteer service early in World War II in the New York Wing, serving for the duration of the war and becoming a squadron commander. He later served eight terms on Capitol Hill, from 1965-1981, as a U.S. representative from New York. He was the oldest living former member of the House of Representatives.

“Rep. Wolff embodied all that is good about Civil Air Patrol,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander. “As a World War II volunteer, he helped ...
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.
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
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