October 2021
News for Alumni & Friends
Volunteers serving America’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.

Inside This Issue... "Timeline Flight" showcases CAP aircraft, cadet summer highlights, Indiana Wing member receives FAA awards, Wheels & Wings, former cadet shines in CAP leadership, estate planning resources, Final Salute and more...
Timeline Flight Series Leads Up to CAP Anniversary
With the approach of CAP's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History, CAP national historian, on a special project -- to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.

The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft Civil Air Patrol aircrews fly today. Click below for other showcased aircraft.
Which featured plane is your favorite?
Culver Cadet
Sikorsky 105-10A Voyager
Beechcraft Staggerwing B-17L
Waco YKS-6
Fairchild 24-C8F
Grumman G-44A Widgeon
Stinson SR-9C Reliant "Gull Wing"
Piper J3-65 Cub
Massachusetts Wing Cadets attend Encampment on Joint Base Cape Cod and meet Air Force
Official John Fedrigo
Stratostar Mission 436
Florida Wing's Ormond Beach Composite Squadron
He's a Pilot AND a Mechanic
Indiana Member Honored with Two FAA Awards
Lt. Col. James M. Smith of the Indiana Wing can claim a distinction shared by only 1% of pilots in the U.S. – he’s a recipient of two prestigious Federal Aviation Administration honors, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

The Wright Brothers award recognizes pilots who have contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50...
Tell us about your skills...
I am a pilot and a mechanic, too!
I like to tinker with mechanical things, and would call myself a mechanic..
I am a pilot, but leave the mechanics to someone else.
I am neither a pilot nor a mechanic, I spend my time in other ways.
It's CARtober
Donate Your Wings or Wheels to Benefit
CAP's Programs
Turn this October into Cartober when you donate your car, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat to Civil Air Patrol. Vehicle donations have the potential to bring in hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in support of cadet programs and aerospace education. Plus, our Vehicle Donation Program makes donating your vehicle easy with a free pick-up and provides you with all the necessary paperwork for your tax-deductible gift.
Former Cadet Chairs CAP Foundation
A former Civil Air Patrol cadet is the newest board of trustees chair for the Civil Air Patrol Foundation.

Col. Rajesh Kothari, who joined CAP as a cadet 40 years ago, served as Michigan Wing commander from September 2018 until his term ended Sept. 27.

He is the founder and managing director of Cascade Partners, where he helps lead divestitures, recapitalizations, acquisitions and other strategic transactions for clients in the health care, industrials, business services and technology sectors. He has also comanaged multiple private equity funds and dozens of investments from early stage to buy-out in health care, automotive, technology and other industrial companies.
Alumni & Friends Spotlight

Lt. Col. Joseph R. Winter

Why did you join Civil Air Patrol?
I grew up just north of New York City and the idea of flying always interested me. A friend of mine introduced me to CAP. After a few squadron meetings and my first orientation flight, I was hooked! I knew that CAP would provide me an opportunity to serve my community while also exposing me to the military – a career path that always interested me. 
What is your current career?
I’m currently on active duty serving in the Air Force assigned as the Commander of the 175th Wing Force Support Squadron - Maryland Air National Guard. In that role, our team ensures the day-to-day needs of 1,400 military personnel and their families are met.

The 175th Wing is home to the fighter and cyberspace operations groups, which we support by overseeing the recruiting process and their training activities. Additionally, I serve as a part time faculty member and teach a course in Public Relations at Loyola University Maryland. 

What specific lesson/experience from CAP has influenced your career or your life?
Day in and day out, I get to lead an incredible group of airmen and civilians who are trained professionals renowned for their combat capabilities. That foundation of learning leadership skills came during those Wednesday night meetings at the then North Castle Composite Squadron (now Johnnie Pantanelli Composite Squadron). The CAP Cadet Program opened my eyes to the world and afforded me an opportunity to practice leading my peers, a skill that has paid dividends my entire life. 
What else should we know about you?
An avid traveler I’ve been nearly every state – South Dakota and Idaho are still on the list. Work has afforded me a great opportunity to visit all but two European countries. 
Saving Lives
CAP's search and rescue missions continue. This map represents the number of saves since Oct. 1.
National Estate Planning Awareness Week


A week to plan for the future
National Estate Planning Awareness Week is coming up, and we’re encouraging our CAP community to plan for the future with FreeWill no-cost resources. Estate planning is an act of care that protects the people, communities, and causes you love — this resource makes it free and easy to get peace of mind. Click below to get started.
More Resources to Help You Plan
This comprehensive estate planning kit will help you protect loved ones, organize everything in one place and save on taxes.
Blazich Serving Again as National Historian
Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka’s choice as Civil Air Patrol’s new national historian is a familiar face — Col. Frank A. Blazich Jr., who led CAP’s National History Program under three previous national commanders/CEOs.

“Col. Blazich has served with distinction as national historian in the past and has done exemplary work over the last several years as director of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History,” said Phelka, who became CAP’s national commander/CEO in August. “I am thrilled to welcome him back to the role of national historian.”
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
Molly Longmire, CFRE, Deputy Chief of Philanthropy and National Partnerships
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 legacy@gocivilairpatrol.org