Watch Party to Lead Anniversary Celebration
A Civil Air Patrol 80th Anniversary Watch Party is planned at 7 p.m. Central Time Dec. 1.

All CAP members are invited to attend the virtual event, which will include messages from both U.S. Air Force and CAP dignitaries as well as a look at vintage CAP images and a CAP documentary narrated by Air Force Maj. Gen. and Oscar-winning actor Jimmy Stewart.

In addition, a game of trivia will test members' knowledge of CAP history.

Watch the preview video above to see what the watch party is all about. Live chat will be on during the premiere. 

Use this link to tune in to tomorrow evening's event.
You Can Save Lives and Shape Futures
It's Giving Tuesday 2021, an opportunity across the nation for generosity.

Your gift to Civil Air Patrol today can help deserving cadets attend encampments, create scholarships for cadets and fund teachers and aerospace education.
Phelka Authorizes CAP Crisis Service Ribbon
Beginning in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in Civil Air Patrol’s most noteworthy national service since World War II. Regular operations continued while new missions were explored, millions of meals delivered to the needy, thousands of blood donations made, and distribution of masks and vaccines completed across America.

At a time when simply holding regular squadron meetings was challenging because of isolation restrictions, CAP members served the nation and ensured CAP’s continued operation. In recognition of this effort, National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka has approved the award of the CAP Crisis Service Ribbon to all active members who served at least one day after March 1, 2020, until a future point to be determined by CAP.

New members who join after this announcement will be awarded the CAP Crisis Service Ribbon on a monthly basis until the crisis has ended.
VA Partners with Chaplain Corps to Support Veterans' Families at National Cemeteries
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a new partnership with Civil Air Patrol and its Chaplain Corps expanding veterans' families’ access to qualified faith leaders during committal and memorial services at national cemeteries under VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA).

“In times of mourning and loss, our VA chaplains stand ready to support veterans’ loved ones,” said VA Chaplain Chad Maxey, chaplain program manager for family care and bereavement. “This partnership with Civil Air Patrol expands our ability to provide trained, qualified chaplains whether from VA or CAP to veterans’ families’ when they need it most.”
Wisconsin Wing's Hunt Appointed
as Great Lakes Region Commander

Col. Rose Hunt, former commander of the Wisconsin Wing, has been selected as the next Great Lakes Region commander.

Hunt accepted the appointment by Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, CAP national commander and CEO, and will succeed Col. Matthew Creed, who has led the Great Lakes Region since January 2018. The change of command is expected to take place in January.

“Col. Hunt brings a wealth of experience from all of CAP’s missions, C-suite business leadership experience, and a proven talent for mentoring to the role of region commander, Phelka said. “I’m excited for the future of the Great Lakes Region, and I’m thrilled to have Col. Hunt join the CAP Senior Advisory Group.”
New York, Maine Cadets Earn Wings Through CAP Program

Cadet Col. Grant Becker (left) and Cadet Capt. Nathan Jaffrey are the 141st and 142nd CAP cadets to earn their private pilot certificates through the Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program.

Becker (#141) is a member of Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 in the New York Wing while Jaffrey (#142) is a member of the Maine Wing's 38th Composite Squadron.

Jaffrey is the first cadet from the Maine Wing to receive his pilot certificate through Cadet Wings, while Becker is the ninth from his wing. Others from New York are Gavin Swanson (#41), Alexander Realuyo (#90), Nicholas Randall (#96), Joshua Hubbard (#97), Felice Rucci (#98), Connor Gleason (#108), Zachary Derck (#122) and Calvin Przybysz (#127).
Cadets, Chart Your Course for a Pilot Certificate
Want to see how to get your private pilot certificate almost for free? CadetInvest has many financial assistance opportunities that can get you there. Check out this video to see how you can maximize Civil Air Patrol's LIFT, TOP, and Cadet Wings programs to obtain your private pilot certificate with minimum out-of-pocket cost. 
After watching the video, bring your unanswered questions to CadetInvest Office Hours:
  • Monday, Dec. 6, from 6-8 p.m. Central Time. 
Or call in (audio only).
+1 334-245-6025,,166257296#  
Phone Conference ID: 166 257 296#
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 7-9 p.m. Central Time.
Or call in (audio only).
+1 334-245-6025,,802282657# 
Phone Conference ID: 802 282 657#

Cadets as well as parents and interested senior members can join during these time slots and ask questions. You can also send questions here.

Once your questions are answered, finalize your CadetInvest application before noon Central Time on Dec. 31 so you don't miss out on any aviation financial assistance in 2022.
NHQ News
Northern Lights Greeting Card On Sale Now
Vanguard Industries Inc. is offering Civil Air Patrol members Northern Lights holiday greeting cards this year, thanks to an overwhelming response from PROPS readers In November. The card was the top choice of 78% of those surveyed from two holiday designs provided.

This is the link to order the 2021 CAP holiday cards. They will be available through Vanguard in packs of five cards/envelopes for $10.
Timeline Flight Series Leads Up to CAP Anniversary
With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with National Historian Col. Frank Blazich on a special project to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.

The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft CAP aircrews fly today. Here are the final three installments, as seen on
Download the New Timeline Flight Screensaver
The national-level working group for CAP's 80th Anniversary has developed a number of resources this year to help celebrate. Here is the latest —instructions for downloading the new Timeline Flight series screensaver.
Members Encouraged to Wear Uniforms to Worship
Chief of Chaplains (Col.) Linda Pugsley invites all CAP members who participate in worship services of any faith tradition to wear their service dress or CAP corporate equivalent uniform to their services this coming weekend.

“For those of you who plan to attend religious services on the weekend of Dec. 3rd to 5th — whether at a mosque, synagogue, service, or church — I encourage you to join me in wearing your Air Force-style service dress or blue-shirt uniform, or their corporate equivalents, as we celebrate our 80th birthday," Pugsley said.

The activity began with the CAP Board of Governors’ 1972 declaration designating the first Sunday in December as “CAP Sunday.” The event soon expanded to include worship on other days of that weekend and was called “CAP Sabbath/Sunday.” Today, it is simply referred to as CAP Worship Weekend.”
Online Communications Conference Set for Dec. 11
The Pacific Region will be conducting a virtual Communications Conference on Dec. 11, from noon-4 p.m. PST.

This is the region's first virtual communications conference. It will feature presenters from within CAP, industry, federal agencies, and the state of Oregon. This conference will include presentations about the new CAP HF radio equipment, the GETS program, FirstNet, and interoperability. There will be opportunities to ask questions. The conference will also be recorded.

The conference is open to all CAP members; pre-registration is not required. Click here to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams. 
For questions or more information, email
During this past week in 1952, the Florida Wing joined forces with about 900 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from the University of Miami to spread the word about Civil Air Patrol's cadet program.

Members from CAP and the Air Force ROTC participated in a parade through Coral Gables, Florida. Read more about their recruiting effort in this article in the Miami Herald.
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