Happy Birthday, Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol's Iowa Wing joins other CAP units across the nation today in observing the organization’s 79th anniversary.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has proclaimed Dec. 1 as “Civil Air Patrol Day” to mark the organization’s 79th anniversary and recognize the value that CAP volunteer members provide the state through emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.

The city of Cedar Rapids will likewise proclaim “Civil Air Patrol Day” at its City Council meeting today, said Col. Jonathan Lartigue, Iowa Wing commander. Similar proclamations have been made by the mayors of Dubuque,
Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Burlington, he said.

CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation’s coastlines and perform other critical civil defense missions. Their wartime volunteer service was recognized with a Congressional Gold Medal in 2014.
Remember CAP on This Giving Tuesday
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

Your generosity will allow deserving CAP cadets to receive scholarships for encampments, aerospace education and flight training. No donation is too big or too small. Donate now and share our campaign on your social media accounts.
Despite Pandemic, Rocky Mtn. Region, Canadian Cadets Honor Fallen with HART Ceremony
The Rocky Mountain Region and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets conducted their 10th annual HART (Honoring Allies Remembering Together) ceremony Nov. 14, honoring the fallen from both the U.S. and Canada during the Remembrance Day and Veterans Day periods.

Both Gold Star and Memorial Cross families participated in the observation, which this year was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. About 120 cadets from the five Rocky Mountain Region wings Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming normally travel to Canada to participate.

“What a wonderful, appropriate and powerful way to commemorate those who have fallen, both Canadian and United States,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol national commander, addressing the participants and online onlookers.
Texas Unit Flies First O-Ride Since Shutdown
A pair of cadets in the Texas Wing’s Crusader Composite Squadron got a long-awaited chance to enjoy orientation rides after months-long delays caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Chief Master Sgt, Rommel Inoa took Cadet 1st Lt. Garrett Steinman and Cadet Tech. Sgt. McKinleigh Steinman aloft in the squadron’s Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport after a preflight briefing and inspection. During the flight each had the opportunity for hands-on learning about piloting the plane.

The best part for the pilot? “Seeing the big smiles on the cadets’ faces, and exposing them to new adventures,” Inoa said. “These orientation rides could influence them to pursue an aviation career.”
CAP Achieves Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Accreditation

CAP has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance signifying it as well-run nonprofit organization deserving of donor trust, having met key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals.

“We now have the trifecta of charity review recognition GuideStar Platinum, BBB Accredited Charity and the 'Give with Confidence Seal from Charity Navigator. It’s a really great way to enter the giving season,” said Kristina Jones, CAP chief of philanthropy and CAP Foundation executive director.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is the nation’s only comprehensive charity evaluator, assisting donors in making sound giving decisions. Donors know they can trust a charity accredited by the BBB WGA. Its broad standards go beyond what the law requires and dive deeper than other charity monitoring organizations. 
CAP Cadets Earn 'Wings'

During the Thanksgiving holiday week, Cadet 2nd Lt. Nicholas Serenyi of the Maryland Wing and Cadet Lt. Col. Lillian Glover of the Minnesota Wing became the 63rd and 64th CAP cadets, respectively, to earn their private pilot certificates through the Cadet Wings program.

Serenyi received his certificate Nov. 24, while Glover (left) received hers Nov. 27.

Serenyi is a member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Squadron. Glover belongs to the St. Paul Composite Squadron.
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CAP General Offers Tips for Effective Leadership
National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s Tips for Effective Leadership Video Series from 2019.

Annual Cadet Survey Scheduled for Dec. 1-13
Civil Air Patrol's Cadet KPIs and Annual Survey launches today and is open through Dec. 13.

Through the annual cadet survey, CAP strives to improve the Cadet Program through feedback from the organization's cadets, their parents, adult leaders and other stakeholders.

Click here to learn more about this survey and how you can contribute to it.
Staffing Conditions Causing Paperwork, Other Delays

The majority of National Headquarters staff continues to work remotely, but some functions cannot be done virtually and must be performed at the office. This includes processing membership applications and renewals, fingerprint screening and cadet achievement/education and training award certificates. 

To protect the safety of employees and in compliance with health authorities, limited on-site staffing is still in effect.

During the next several weeks Headquarters will also be receiving much-needed new carpet. Membership Services staff has relocated and will experience additional limitations in the ability to process these types of actions. 

Delivery of regular and expedited mail may be affected by this additional limited access. We appreciate your patience and understanding.  
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