Cadet Programs Dole Out 90+ Academic, Flight Scholarships Worth Over $155K
Nearly 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets from 35 wings in all eight regions are receiving academic and flight scholarships worth a combined total of $155,500 in 2021, Cadet Programs has announced.

Twenty more cadets were recommended for acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School in Colorado Springs.

In all, 61 academic scholarships account for $120,500 of the total amount, with 32 flight scholarships accounting for the remaining $35,000.

“You had tough competition, and you should be proud of your selection,” Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, said in a congratulatory message prepared for the scholarship recipients.
Meet CAP's CyberPatriot XIII Finalists
Cadet teams from the California, Colorado and North Carolina wings will compete online March 19-21 in the All Service Division finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot XIII National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. 

The team from the California Wing’s Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 (top photo) also reached the finals in 2018 and 2019.

The Colorado Wing’s Air Academy Cadet Squadron (middle photo) is making the squadron's first finals appearance since CyberPatriot III 10 years ago.

The team from the North Carolina Wing's Union County Composite Squadron (bottom photo) rounds out the CAP contingent as the wildcard entry in the 13-team field.

The teams will square off remotely against each other and the other finalists in the All Service Division Junior ROTC teams from each of the military services and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. 

CAP teams won the overall All Service Division championship in 2011, 2012 and 2017.
First SE Region Female
Commander in Women's
History Month Spotlight

For Women's History Month, profiles Col. Andrea Van Buren, who became the Southeast Region's first female commander in August 2019 after serving as Georgia Wing commander.

Van Buren's advice to cadets, senior members and nonmembers alike: Work hard to be the best at everything you do. Never stop. Never settle. ‘No’ is the beginning of a negotiation.

You’re going to hit a lot of roadblocks and negativity, and you have to keep going.”

Overall, she added, “be the one. It takes one action, one thought, one word, to make a difference in someone’s life.”
NESA-MTT Graduates 71 SW Region ICs, IMTs
In another National Emergency Services Academy-Mobile Training Team first, 71 incident commanders and incident management team members from across the Southwest Region graduated from the first-ever delivery of an Incident Command System 300 Refresher course.

Published specifically for CAP, the course was packaged with course review material from two recently released Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study online curricula and a six-hour synchronous classroom delivery. Pre- and post-course testing first assessed students' knowledge, later evaluate the instruction's effectiveness, and finally measured participants' learning level.

After a thorough review of the course post-test results, it will be made available to all CAP regions. John Desmarais, CAP's director of operations, said, This course has been a long time in coming and will assist in reinforcing CAP's Command & Control/IMT operations and compliance with national incident management standards.

Regions interested in hosting the curriculum can contact Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, NESA-MTT director, at
75th Cadet Earns 'Wings' Through CAP Program
CAP's Cadet Wings program reached a milestone March 12 when its 75th cadet earned his Federal Aviation Administration private pilot certificate. Cadet Maj. Parker Woods (above) of the Illinois Wing's Lewis Composite Squadron received his certificate from FAA examiner Gail Sue Lapook.

Now in its second year, Cadet Wings has 68 pilot candidates still enrolled. About one-third are close to receiving their certificates.
NHQ News
Commander Offers Recruiting and Retention Tips

National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s Recruiting and Retention Series from 2018.

Smith's  Importance of Effective PA” is featured today.
Innovative Tools Now Available in HUBCAP
Is your unit looking for a better way to understand aircraft location, track cadet and senior member promotion or professional development progress, organize air sortie data from WMIRS or reconcile WMIRS data and billing information?

Check out the member-developed tools available on HUBCAP and don't forget to submit your own innovation while you’re there!
Deadline for CEO Applications is April 1

April 1 is the deadline for applications for the CAP Chief Executive Officer and National Commander vacancy created when Maj. Gen. Mark Smith's four-year term ends in August.

National Commanders normally serve three-year terms, but Smith was granted an extension by CAP's Board of Governors.

CAP members may nominate themselves to fill this position.

Minimum requirements are:
  • Be a CAP member in good standing.
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have completed Level V of the CAP Education and Training Program.
  • Have served as a CAP wing commander who completed their term of office other than due to a removal for cause.
Working Group Creates PSAs
for CAP's 80th Anniversary

Continuing the rollout of the CAP 80th Anniversary celebration, the national-level working group has created radio public service announcements to tell our story.

Text for 15-, 20-, 30- and 60-second radio PSAs is available to provide to local stations. Just click on the button below and scroll down to the Radio PSAs link.
Latest 'NHJ' Includes Feature on Legendary Subchaser

The January-June issue of the newly redesigned Civil Air Patrol National Historical Journal is now available online.

A publication of CAP's National History Program, the journal features articles about the organization's history-makers, the nation’s early experiences with powered flight and the pioneers who championed it over the years, civilian and military aviation, and CAP’s impact as a force multiplier for the U.S. Air Force.

The current issue includes an article on Col. Charles Compton, one of the last surviving CAP subchasers until his death in 2020 at age 104.
CAP Fundraising Resources Available for Units
Visit CAP’s field fundraising resource page for the latest updates on unit fundraising such as new guidance on Wreaths Across America and applying for Walmart Foundation Grants.

Have you signed up to receive CAP’s quarterly field fundraising e-newsletter?
Last Call for Conference Presentation Proposals
Just one week is left in the planning team's extended March 24 deadline for 2021 National Conference presentation proposals by national staff and members.

All proposals will be evaluated by the planning team, then vetted by the respective offices and functional areas for mission relevance and accuracy. Presenters selected for the conference schedule will be notified by April 15.
Applications Open for Lift, Take-Off Programs
CadetInvest provides financial assistance to CAP cadets to keep them aviation-ready. Applications are open through April 30, but please note this is for the Cadet Lift and Take-Off programs only. Apply here.
New week, new spotlight! For This Week in CAP History,we highlight the Louisiana Wing and its commitment to maintaining readiness.
Originally published March 21, 2004, in The (Alexandria) Town Talk on, this article covers a simulated search and rescue exercise .

Read the original article here.
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