CAP Aircrews, Ground Teams Performing Hurricane Impact Assessment Missions

Aircrews and ground teams with Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing have joined federal and Louisiana state emergency managers’ efforts to assess Hurricane Ida’s impact.
Their mission is to gather aerial and ground-level photos and data for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Louisiana as they continue to endure the effects of the hurricane,” said Brig. Gen. William Betts, vice commander, First Air Force, Air Forces Northern. “CAP is working nonstop with local authorities to help the community recover as soon as possible.”

Acting as a Total Force partner and as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, CAP helps First Air Force rapidly respond to nonmilitary threats domestically in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.

Joining the effort in Louisiana over the Labor Day weekend were CAP aircraft and volunteer crews from Tennessee and Texas.
One Blood Campaign Ends; Another Begins
Operation Pulse Lift ended its “100 Days of Giving” campaign from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend on a very successful note with 735 units of blood donated by CAP members from 47 CAP wings. That was 235 units above the goal of 500 units of blood set for the campaign.

The last person to donate/report blood for the “100 Days of Giving” campaign was Col. George Ishikata, commander of CAP's Pacific Coast Region.  

Today begins Operation Pulse Lift's 1st Lt. Paul Carter Williamson Honorary Blood Donation Campaign. Paul was a very active cadet and senior member in CAP, and also a very strong proponent of blood donation missions, working many years as a dedicated volunteer with LifeSouth in Alabama, said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch, director of Operation Pulse Lift.

With only 111 days until Christmas, let's honor Paul and all our members' efforts at saving lives by our continuous fellowship and donations.
Phelka Names Nat'l Executive Officer, Nat'l Officers
Maj. Gen. Ed Phelka, Civil Air Patrol national commander/CEO, has named (from left) Col. R. Jason Bailey to his command team and Cols. Jay Burrell, Matthew Phillips and Linda Pugsley as national officers.

Bailey is the new national executive officer. He previously served as vice commander – south for the Mid-Atlantic Region beginning in November 2020 after serving as North Carolina Wing commander from 2016-2020. As national executive officer, he joins Brig. Gen. Regena Aye, national vice commander; John Salvador, chief operating officer; Paul Gloyd, deputy chief operating officer; and Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dandridge, national command chief, on the command team.

National officers appointed by Phelka are:
  • Burrell, national inspector general, previously served as Great Lakes Region chief of staff for support and Illinois Wing commander in 2018. He has also served as Illinois Wing chief of staff, vice commander and inspector general, as Great Lakes Region inspector general and as national assistant professional development officer – specialty tracks.
  • Phillips, new Legal Officer Corps chief, previously served on the national staff as deputy chief of the Legal Officer Corps and as Mid-Atlantic Region legal officer. He commanded North Carolina Wing's Group 4 for more than two years, stepping down in June 2020.
  • Pugsley, the new chief of the Chaplain Corps, previously served as chaplain of the Southeast Region from 2016-2018 and the Florida Wing from 2014-2016. She served two tours as a U.S. Air Force flight nurse during the Vietnam War, later resigning from the National Guard to pursue a career in the ministry.
CAP Chaplain Helping Observe Jewish High Holy Days
September includes the Jewish High Holy Days, and at least one Civil Air Patrol chaplain is stepping up to ensure that members of two armed services have the opportunities to observe.

Chaplain (Capt.) David “Dovid” Grossman, an Illinois Wing deputy chaplain, supported Jewish soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, for Rosh Hashanah, marking the start of year 5782 on the Jewish calendar.

Later in the month, Grossman will deploy again to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, to help Jewish airmen celebrate the holy time of Yom Kippur.
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Did You Know?
Having just a will or trust is not the only part of an estate plan. 

If you have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy or additional assets that aren’t covered in your legal will or trust, it’s essential that you properly name your beneficiaries for each to ensure that your assets go to the people and organizations you love.
Timeline Flight Series Leads Anniversary Celebration
With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History 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. This is the second and third installments, as seen on Others will be posted every five days.
Youth Development Conference: Save the Date!
Cadet Programs is encouraging CAP's region and wing directors of cadet programs, or DCPs, to save the date for the upcoming Youth Development Conference, to be held virtually during the 2022 Martin Luther King holiday weekend, Jan. 14-17.

This year Cadet Programs will be exploring Practical Applications in Youth Development to give DCPs hands-on strategies to lead their wing’s cadet program, using proven best practices in youth development. 
Interested to Learn More About Wing Command?
Have you ever considered being a Wing Commander one day? Ever wonder what a Wing Commander's role and responsibilities are? Wish you had an opportunity to learn more? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," then you should consider attending a virtual seminar hosted by CAP's Mentoring Program.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide information to members interested in being a Wing Commander.  The seminar will be presented on two Saturdays, Oct. 9 and 16. Each day will consist of a variety of topics important to the success of being a Wing Commander, including wing and CAP National Headquarters department interactions. Several topics will be eligible for Volunteer University Level IV and Level V module credit.
Registration will be taking place through Oct. 15. For more information or to register, check out the Mentoring Program webpage.
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(Garden City, N.Y.)
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