January 2023

Volunteers serving America’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.
Inside This Issue: To the moon, year in review, CAP alumnus accepts leadership role and another leads in space, member called to global mission, cadet on fire for aviation, vehicle donation program and estate planning resources, Alumni Spotlight, Final Salute, and more.
To the Moon, Then Mars:
CAP Alumnus Helps Manage Artemis Program
A former member of the Missouri, Florida, and Texas wings, Sean Fuller is the Gateway program international partner manager for Artemis, an international effort by the U.S., Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency and other international public and private partners.

The December mission was the inaugural flight of the 70-metric-ton SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The rocket produces 8.8 million pounds of thrust, making it the most ...
CAP's Year in Review
10 amazing achievements that helped CAP serve communities, save lives, and shape futures in 2022
What a Year for CAP Aerospace Education

Check out the record setting year for the award-winning aerospace education program
North Carolina Member Follows Call from Local Classroom to Global Conflict
CAP Maj. Tim Bagnell seems to have always had a finely tuned ear and heart to detect that gentle nudge. It’s taken him from the financial sector as a financial officer to the classroom as teacher in North Carolina, and to war-torn Ukraine to ...
Resource Provided for Your Estate Planning
We want to provide you with a resource that others like you have found helpful in taking control of their planning. CAP's personal estate planning kit is a tool that can be used to facilitate your estate plans, document your intentions for your family and your loved ones, and support the causes most dear to you.
Familiar Face: Operations Director and Cadet Alumnus, Desmarais Named Next CAP COO
The Board of Governors has named John W. Desmarais Sr., CAP’s director of operations, to the top executive post at National Headquarters. He will officially become chief operating officer at the end of March, succeeding John Salvador, who is ...
How do you know John Desmarais?
Wow! I knew him when he was a cadet.
I worked with him within the last 25+ years.
I have heard his name but have not met him personally.
I have not met him, but thanks for asking!
This Cadet is on Fire:
Welder, Photographer, Pyrotech, Pilot

"It's important to get young people involved in aviation"
Student pilot and aviation enthusiast Gabriella Orme has created her own company, working as an aviation welder. She shares her CAP story with the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Alumni Spotlight

Col Sergio Seone
Former CAP Cadet and Florida Wing Volunteer
Why did you join Civil Air Patrol?
I have always been fascinated and intrigued by aviation and aerospace. Airplanes, the Apollo program, the X-15, pushing the limits of our knowledge and doing things for the first time, exploring the unexplored.

In elementary school, when most of the boys wanted to be baseball players or firemen, I wanted to be an astronaut and test pilot. When I was in ninth grade I saw a commercial about CAP on TV and saw kids my age standing around a small aircraft. The commercial mentioned flying, and I was determined to be a part of that organization. I joined in 1974 and have been a member since then.

What is your current career?
I am a physician, trained in family, internal, pulmonary and critical care, and aviation medicines. I am also an FAA senior aviation medical examiner.

What specific lesson/experience from CAP has influenced your career or your life?
CAP provided me a flight scholarship when I was 16 years, and I learned that I could master new and very different skills. I was selected to be the cadet commander at the encampment at Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Key West.

CAP's emphasis on leadership and character development makes the cadet program one of the most distinctive and robust youth programs in the United States.

What else should we know about you?
I am grateful to CAP and the influence it has had on my life. I am grateful to those mentors who were role models to me and for creating a safe environment that allowed me to grow and fail without judgment or criticism. I am grateful to CAP for believing in me when no one else did. CAP saves lives by also changing the lives of young people. CAP allows our children to see their value, merit, and worth. That is the gift of the cadet program to our nation's young people. That is what makes CAP special.
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Give Your Old Vehicle New Purpose: Donate It
Wings and Wheels is a nationally known vehicle donation program that accepts cars, trucks, RVs, boats, and airplanes for the benefit of Civil Air Patrol’s programs.
Remembering Those Who Have Passed
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
Gloria Negrete, Deputy Chief of Philanthropy
Col. John M. Knowles, Deputy Chief of Alumni Relations
Donna Bass Maraman, Development and Donor Communications Manager
Rebecca Armstrong, Donor Database Specialist

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