Space Force Exec Addresses CAP Cadets
U.S. Air Force Gen. John W. Jay Raymond, the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, recently completed this video, which includes a big shout-out to Civil Air Patrol's 20,000 cadets.

These prominent themes occur throughout Raymond's video: STEM, innovation, space careers, diversity and international partnerships. The video will be published soon as the lead-in video for the “best of” STEM sessions that CAP jointly hosted with the Space Force in December as part of the latter's first anniversary celebration. 

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Miner, CAP's liaison to the Space Force, compiled the “best of” sessions and led the project.   
Health Services Team Looks to Strengthen CAP's Readiness Through Vaccination
CAP's Health Services team is sharing a new graphic on the novel coronavirus this week. The graphic, viewable here, focuses on the latest information about vaccinations and their importance in the fight to end the pandemic.

In addition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information is available on key things to know about the COVID-19 vaccines and guidance for those fully vaccinated

Please note CAP will not require members to be vaccinated but does encourage everyone to make an informed decision by considering this information and other advice from health experts. 
Member Honored for Vehicle Crash Response
Lt. Col. Marc Pagan's quick action after a vehicle crash while the Ohio Wing member was vacationing in Colorado in September 2019 has been recognized with CAP’s Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving Award.

Pagan and his daughter, Michele Hiner, were hiking to a mountaintop in the Denver area near Green Mountain when they heard a vehicle leave the road and crash deep into the canyon below.

Pagan is an emergency medical technician, and Hiner is a registered nurse at a Denver hospital. After descending about a quarter-mile through dense overgrowth and down steep terrain took, they located the seriously injured driver and her sports utility vehicle. They worked to stabilize her and evaluate her injuries, then remained on the scene for hours until she could be transported to a hospital.
Active Week Pushes CAP's Lifesaving Total to 58
CAP has been credited with saving another five lives on three missions the past week. That adds up to 58 lives saved so far (see map below) during fiscal 2021, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

On April 9 the National Cell Phone Forensics team provided information to Madera County, California, in the search for a missing father and his 3-year-old daughter. They were expected home by 4 p.m. but never showed up. The father texted at 8 p.m. to say his truck was stuck in the mud, and they were going to leave it and hike out.

The phone was offline by the time the CAP cell team was requested, but members were able to work with the data available and provide a likely search area. The parent and child were found alive but cold in the area CAP identified. 
Pa. Wing's Bell Selected as ANG Airman of the Year
A Pennsylvania Wing member, Air Force Senior Airman Ruth-Ann Bell, is one of four Air National Guard enlisted officers and service members honored as Airmen of the Year for 2021.

Bell, of the 193rd Special Operations Wing based in Middletown, is a weather forecaster in the 193rd’s 203rd Weather Flight at Fort Indiantown Gap. She completed Air Force basic training in 2018. In 2020, she supported statewide COVID-19 operations as part of Operation Safe Haven and deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in August for seven months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In additions to her ANG duties, Bell is a CAP first lieutenant in Capital City Composite Squadron 302, where she serves as aerospace education officer. She uses her weather forecasting experience, as well as her private pilot and commercial glider pilot licenses, to mentor Pennsylvania Wing cadets.
CAP Salutes Volunteers During Monthlong Observance
As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, CAP's Marketing & Strategic Communications team has planned several social media posts throughout April profiling a handful of CAP volunteers — like the second one featured here on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, we offer a huge thank you to all of our volunteers. Your vigilant service over the past year has made CAP one of the premier humanitarian organizations in the nation.
Ore. Cadets to Compete Again in Nat'l Space Challenge
The Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite Squadron is following up last year’s second-place finish with its fourth trip in five years to the national finals of StellarXplorers, the Air Force Association’s national STEM high school competition.

The cadets will compete in the online finals April 16-17 with nine teams from Air Force Junior ROTC and public and charter high schools, all of which emerged from three rounds of qualification competition and a semifinal round. 
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Commander Offers Recruiting and Retention Tips

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

Smith's Bridging the Gap” video is featured today.
Time to Make Your Nominations for ACE Awards
Nominations are due April 25 to acknowledge outstanding achievement in CAP's K-6 aerospace/STEM program.

The Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) Program honors achievement in three categories each year: ACE Student of the Year, ACE Teacher of the Year and ACE School of the Year.

For forms and additional instructions, look in related links on the ACE Teachers page.
Development Team Offers Quick Tips for Tax Season
Are you organizing your finances before the tax deadline? Join our most tax-savvy supporters with two ways you can save on your tax bill while supporting CAP. Here are a couple of ideas, courtesy of CAP's Development team:

  • Donate stocks CAP supporters who donate appreciated stocks save on two types of taxes as they support our nation’s communities in emergencies.
  • Give from your IRA Tax-free IRA gifts are powerful ways to help provide comfort in times of disaster — and for our many supporters over 70.5 years of age, they offer a huge financial benefit. IRA gifts reduce your future tax burden and can fulfill your Required Minimum Distribution for 2021.
Shout-out to the Wisconsin Wing for being our latest “This Week In CAP History” entry, and for shaping the lives of young people through search and rescue training.

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