January 2019
News for Alumni and Friends
Citizens Serving Communities to Shape Lives and Save Lives

Inside this issue...
Martha and John King Talk CAP, Illinois is Seeing Spaatz, Alumni & Friends Spotlight, and
CAP's Newly Elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors
Illinois CAP Squadron 7th Spaatz Cadet
Welcomed by Previous 6 Recipients
When Cadet Col. Samuel A. Ward received Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, he was the seventh member of the Illinois Wing’s Scott Composite Squadron to do so in 50 years – and all six of his predecessors were there for the presentation...
Look Who's Talking... It's Martha & John King
Civil Air Patrol Member's Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing Makes Aviation History
CAP Maryland Wing 2nd Lt. Peter Wilson recently made history as the first pilot to make a shipborne rolling vertical landing, known as a SRVL in naval aviation circles.
Wilson’s aircraft for the SRVL was a Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, a stealth multirole jet that he vertically landed on the deck of the new British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. His feat takes vertical landings to a new level...
Alumni & Friends Corner Highlight
Major Geraldine "Jeri" Ostling neé Kwiatkowski
Jeri pinning Second Lieutenant's bars on Alex Ian Ostling's uniform in 1958.
They met in CAP as cadets and married in April 1959.  
Current Career? (or what you did before retirement.)
I spent most of my career as a manager and executive in the health care industry. I retired as a senior consultant for Teradata, a data warehouse and analysis company. Before that I was president of Iris Health Information, a health software company. Earlier I was Vice President of National Accounts at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, a health insurance company.

What specific lesson/experience from CAP has influenced your career or your life?
As a business executive, I relied heavily on leadership and organizational skills and knowledge of when to delegate tasks; all learned as a Civil Air Patrol cadet officer and senior squadron commander.
Anything we didn’t ask that you would like to share?
As a cadet I earned the Certificate of Proficiency; the highest award for cadets at the time. I was one of two New York Wing female cadets to attend the highly selective National All-Girls Encampment held in 1957 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. (see photo right)

As a CAP Historian, I maintain a list of former Bronx Group, CAP cadets and seniors with contact information, including spouses names, addresses, email addresses
and telephone numbers. The list also includes those that have passed away.
Civil Air Patrol Announces
New Chair and Vice-Chair
of Board of Governors
Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors have chosen CAP Col. J. Bradford Lynn as their new chair and Robert E. Corsi Jr. as vice chair, effective Feb. 27.
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