CAP Credited with 8 Saves Dec. 20-26
We all know that CAP members are always ready to serve when needed, and the holiday week provided four cases in point. The Rescue Air Force Rescue Coordination Center credited CAP with saving a total of eight lives on four missions – two in Florida and one each in Massachusetts and off the coast of the Bahamas – from Dec. 20-26. The Massachusetts mission resulting in three of those saves was highlighted in this TV report on Christmas Eve.
N.C. Unit Visits Veterans Home for Christmas
Members of the North Carolina Wing’s Goldsboro Composite Squadron did their part to make Christmastime special for residents of the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston. Cadets presented the colors, conducted a flag-folding ceremony and a Missing in Action/Prisoner of War Ceremony and spoke with veterans during their holiday visit.
Texas Cadets Explore
Army Choppers
Cadets from the Texas Wing’s Pegasus Composite Squadron recently got an up-close look at military aviation, U.S. Army-style, when they visited the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Air Calvary Division at Fort Hood.
Former Spaatz Cadet Named
Puerto Rico Secretary of State
Puerto Rico’s new secretary of state and lieutenant governor, Elmer Roman, received CAP’s top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in September 1989 as a member of the Puerto Rico Wing. Less than one-half of 1% of all cadets achieve the Spaatz Award.

Roman previously served as Puerto Rico’s secretary of public safety, and before that he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., as director, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, and oversight executive for Building Partnerships and Irregular Warfare.
NHQ News
Annual Safety & Risk Management Day Reminder
Your unit is required to hold its Annual Safety and Risk Management Day in January, February or March. The NHQ Safety page has been updated with all the materials you’ll need to conduct your training.

We’re focused and looking forward to a great year in 2020. With your help, we’ll meet our goals and our vision for the future. Have a great and safe 2020!
If you have any questions, please contact your local safety staff.
NCSA/NFA Priority Registration Ends Jan. 15
Time is running out to receive priority placement for spring and summer National Cadet Special Activities, including National Flight. To be considered "on time" and receive priority consideration, apply by Jan. 15. Details on the courses and how to apply can be found on the National Cadet Special Activities website.

The benefit of applying by Jan. 15 is priority in placement; applications received by that date are considered before those received later. Please note that some courses listed aren't yet open for registration or feature local registration. As soon as dates are confirmed, they’ll be added to the lineup.  
Squadron Commander Survey Completed
Over two weeks in November, CAP squadron commanders participated in an essay-style survey from the Lessening the Burden on the Squadron Commander Working Group. Nearly 400 commanders responded – a 41% response rate, significantly above the national average for online surveys.

A high-level overview of responses has been presented to the national command team. During the next few weeks the working group, in coordination with national command team members, will be prioritizing the responses and determining the best path forward. Each response has been reviewed and categorized according to the responding commanders’ concerns.

The working group’s goal is to recommend changes to regulations and administrative processes that will enable squadron commanders to concentrate on the betterment of their unit vs. burdensome and sometimes unnecessary administrative duties. 
'Walk to Mars' Update: 725,000+ Miles!
Total distance covered for CAP's "Walk to Mars" national fitness challenge exceeds 725,000 equivalent miles as 2019 ends.

Those participating in a winter encampment this month, either as staff or student, should make sure the activity commander is recording information for everyone involved. Many activities monitor a few participants and use an average distance for everyone in that category (senior staff, cadet staff, student).  

Please contact the Walk2Mars staff at for more information on how to submit bulk entries for all participants. CAP activities are rich environments to promote activity and capture distances.  
Choose Civil Air Patrol as your charity of choice this giving season by supporting CAP’s scholarship and aerospace education initiatives.

Your gift of $35 funds a teacher’s membership/access to our aerospace programs. 

Your gift of $125 funds one flight hour for a cadet. 

Your gift of $250 provides a cadet with the opportunity to attend an encampment. 

Your gift of $500 funds one year of programming for a disadvantaged cadet or a STEM Kit for a classroom.

Your generous gift of $1,000 funds a flight scholarship or cyber-security training.
The Week's Top Headlines
"Coast Guard Pulls Out Stops in Yearlong Facilities Inspection Mission"
- The Juneau Empire (Alaska)

"Local Youth Honor Military with Fort Snelling Wreaths"
- Union-Times (Minn.)

"Civil Air Patrol Helping State Monitor Vermont Forests"
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Board of Governors member Martha King and her husband, John, posed for a photo with Cadet Col. Christopher Franklin of the Colorado Wing's Thompson Valley Composite Squadron at their induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Englewood, Colorado. The Kings operate San Diego-based King Schools Inc., which which develops and provides multimedia training programs for people interested in aviation.
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