Last Chance to Register for Conference
Civil Air Patrol's virtual 2021 National Conference starts Thursday! If you haven’t already registered for the conference, do so now at no cost.
You won’t want to miss out on this year's keynote speakers, Malcolm Gladwell, a New York Times best-selling author, and Microsoft’s former chief Xbox officer, Robbie Bach. Not to mention Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, National Commander/CEO, and Maj. Gen.-Select Ed Phelka, our next National Commander/CEO.

This year’s conference marks the last with Gen. Smith at the helm, and we look forward to celebrating his four years of leadership. In addition, we will be welcoming Gen. Phelka. Join us as we observe this pending change of command and enjoy content available only through the conference.  Contact for questions or registration assistance.
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S.D. Planes Simulate ANG Adversary Craft
In one of its most intensive periods of flying in recent memory, the South Dakota Wing flew nearly 75 hours in support of a South Dakota Air National Guard national defense exercise.

The flying and planning included 23 wing members from Aug. 4-6. The exercise used five of the wing’s six single-engine aircraft to simulate adversary aircraft in a training scenario for F-16 fighter jets from the Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey P. Marlette, South Dakota National Guard adjutant general, seen with CAP mission pilot Lt. Col. Justin Johnson, flew with a CAP aircrew as part of the training so he could view an engagement with the F-16s from the target aircraft’s perspective.
Texas Brothers Achieve Top Cadet Award
Cadet Cols. Cleveland Brown Jr. (seen receiving his plaque from retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Campbell) and Jacob Brown from the Texas Wing's Redbird Composite Squadron received their Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Awards in a ceremony at the Commemorative Air Force’s new education facility in Dallas.

Their father, Capt. Cleveland Brown Sr., is the squadron’s commander. Their mother, 1st Lt. Shemitia Brown, is cyber education and personnel officer.

“The outstanding achievements of the Cols. Brown show that CAP is a family. It takes a family to overcome and succeed in life, and the Browns can look to their (Air Force) Blue family for that support,” said Col. William Schroder, Texas Wing commander.
5 More Cadets Earn 'Wings' Through CAP Program

Over the past week, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Phoebe Ross and Cadet Lt. Col. Hunter Martin became CAP's 115th and 114th cadets to receive their FAA private pilot certificates through the Cadet Wings program.

Both earned their certificates through commercial in-residence flight programs this summer Ross (#115) through TradeWinds Flight Services (Liberty University's Flight Training Affiliate in North Carolina) and Martin (#114) through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's in-residence program in Daytona, Florida.

Ross (above) is a member of the New Hampshire Wing's Mt. Washington Flight in Whitefield while Martin (below, top left) is a member of the Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron.

Other cadets receiving their certificates recently include:
  • Cadet Maj. Elise Ferreria (#113) of the Washington Wing's Renton Composite Squadron, pictured (bottom left) with her instructor, Cai Hong Singh.
  • Cadet Senior Airman Grace Whitney (#112) of the Minnesota Wing's Mankato Composite Squadron, pictured (top right) celebrating her achievement.
  • Cadet Lt. Col. Aaron Somma (#111) of the Washington Wing's Bellingham Composite Squadron, pictured (bottom right) with his certificate and flight examiner.
NESA-MTT Now Available For In-Person Sessions
After 17 months of leading the nation in cost-free virtual professional development classes, CAP's premier Education and Training program the Global Campus of the National Emergency Services Academy-Mobile Training Team (NESA-MTT) is back on the road delivering face-to-face classes.

Since March 2020, and unhindered throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the team has conducted 112 classes, providing essential mission education and training to 2,902 CAP members. Over the last two weekends, 20 members of the Mid-Atlantic Region received ICS 300 and 400 course instruction.

While virtual training isn't going to go away, the team is looking forward to more in-person classes and welcomes requests from any wing or region. Requests should go to, identifying the course needed with recommended dates and location.
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New Flight Training Scholarship Available
Senior members, have you met a cadet you thought would make a great pilot? If you have, we need you to help them navigate their way to Cadet Wings, our private pilot certification assistance program, and its newest addition, the James C. Ray Flight Training Scholarship.
Through a generous donation from the Ray Foundation, even more cadets will be able to receive funding to become private pilots in 2022. But to receive the funding they need you!

We know one of the keys to success when taking the first important step toward becoming a pilot is to have a mentor guide you, hold you accountable, and encourage you.

If you want to help a cadet achieve their dream of becoming a pilot, attend the Aug 12 National Conference session How to Be a Champion: Becoming a James C. Ray Flight Training Scholarship Navigator." No flight experience is required to be a Ray navigator just enthusiasm and a willingness to help young people achieve their dream of becoming a pilot.
Pathway to Wings Seminar Open to CAP Cadets
The U.S. Air Force is hosting another Pathway to Wings seminar, which provides formation on Air Force Academy accessions and the ROTC scholarship application timeline/process.

Use this link to register if the one in the flyer does not work.
USAF Marathon to Honor 80th Anniversary of CAP
In January the U.S. Air Force Marathon program will recognize CAP's 80th anniversary as part of its History & HeritageVirtual Race Series. The medal for the event will feature the J-3 Cub with CAP logo found on display inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. 

To sign up now for the January 2022 virtual race that recognizes CAP, visit this website. A 15% discount is available for all CAP members on any 2021 or 2022 event using this code: 15OFFCAP.

The marathon team also produced this short video about the museum's CAP J-3 Cub.
More Media Releases to Help Mark CAP's 80th Anniversary

Continuing the rollout of the CAP 80th Anniversary observation, the national-level working group has developed a series of media releases for coordinated release on key dates by PAOs or commanders.
One of the recently added releases is timed for distribution on National Aviation Day  Aug. 19. Other releases are set up to follow on National Leadership Day (Sept. 4) and during National Aerospace Week (third week in September), featuring activities from more recent historical events that showcase CAP's most important asset: our people.
The releases are formatted to be sent to local media and used on social media and websites. In order to tell a cohesive story nationwide, we ask that these releases not be altered or edited.
Furthermore, other media release templates are now available that are easily customized to support local open houses, recruiting efforts and more.
It’s the Ohio Wing's turn in the This Week in CAP History” spotlight.

This article from 1949 featured a group of Ohio Wing cadets traveling to their basic encampment on a C-47.

Want to read more? Check out the full article in the Mansfield News-Journal.
This Week's Top Headlines
“Three Pilots and a Century of Flight”
(Highland Heights, Ohio)

“Building Leaders: The Civil Air Patrol Brings Out the Best in Those Who Serve”
(Greenville, S.C.)

“Civil Air Patrol: A Day in the Life of a Cadet”
(Oshkosh, Wis.)
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