1,000 & Counting; Ariz. Wing Exceeds Blood Unit Collection Goal for American Red Cross
The Arizona Wing met its goal of collecting 1,000 units of blood for the American Red Cross more than a month before the Thanksgiving target date.
The wing passed the 1,000-unit mark Oct. 14 in Glendale, where the 388th Composite Squadron hosted the wing’s 32nd emergency blood donation drive with the Red Cross in six months. The wing stepped in when pandemic-related restrictions prevented the Red Cross from collecting blood at its usual sites for doing so.

“Since the evening of March 17, when the surgeon general noted the critical need for blood donations during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and the closure of nearly 4,000 blood donation centers, the Arizona Wing has been engaged in the coordination, planning and execution of the longest series of blood donation center operations in the nation by a single organization,” said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, the wing’s incident commander for the blood drive mission.

Kurt Kroemer, Red Cross CEO for the Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region, cited the importance of a steady supply of much-needed blood. “Many of our partners will host a blood drive once a year,” Kroemer said. “The fact that you have sponsored more than 30 blood drives since mid-April is remarkable.”
Spaatz Association Gains New President, VP
The Spaatz Association, the organization for recipients of Civil Air Patrol's premier cadet honor, has new executive leaders who also fill leadership positions for their CAP wings.

Col. Janon D. Ellis (left), National Capital Wing commander, is the group’s new president, succeeding U.S. Air Force Gen. Ted Bowlds. Ellis served as Spaatz Association vice president beginning in 2012, having previously served as CAP National Headquarters liaison and as a member of the association’s board of directors.

Capt. Matthew Chirik succeeds Ellis as vice president. Chirik is the Pennsylvania Wing’s public affairs officer as well as Philadelphia Composite Squadron 103 commander. He previously served as a member of the group’s board of directors and is also National Headquarters liaison.
Va. Cadets Enjoy Advanced Space Academy in Ala.
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down just about every summertime activity for the young across the U.S., but a pair of Virginia Wing cadets were still able to advance their aerospace knowledge at the Advanced Space Academy.

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Chloe Gross and Cadet Staff Sgt. Shannon Moritz were among the select group able to participate in the activity, one of the camps run by Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. They're members of the Prince William Composite Squadron,
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Next Up: Core Value of 'Volunteer Service'
National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith's Core Values Video Series from 2019.

Over the next three weeks, the general will talk about the rest of CAP's core values Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect. The first core value, "Integrity," was reviewed last week.

It's time to hear Smith's video on Core Value Series: Volunteer Service.
CAP's Innovation Team Wants to Hear from You
The Innovation Program has launched, and its leadership team is asking CAP members to take a short survey before Nov. 1:
Last Chance to Register for Estate Planning Webinar
CAP is hosting a new webinar to support the future of our community and supporters. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, we’ll be hosting an estate planning webinar so you can learn more about the best ways to support the people and causes you love. Two times are available for your convenience at noon CDT and again at 7 p.m. CDT.

The webinar will also share CAP's free will-writing resource, to help make estate planning quick, easy and cost-free for our members and supporters. If you want to get started right away, you can start writing your will, in 20 minutes or less. 

We’ll also be using the webinar to launch our Semper Vigilans Society, a group of loyal alumni and other supporters who have included CAP in their estate plans to provide for the future of our missions and cadets.
Air Force General to Address NSOC Grads on Nov. 4
The commander of the U.S. Air Force Safety Center, Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr., is scheduled to speak at the final "graduation" session of CAP's National Safety Officer College on Nov. 4.

Nearly 180 safety officers have participated in the 11-week course, which was designed to make them experts, leaders and mentors in the CAP Safety Program.
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