Next Stop: Space for Ariz. Wing's Proctor
Ask her what she’s doing this summer, and Maj. Sian Proctor will tell you she’s “learning to fly a Dragon to space.”

Proctor, a member of the Arizona Wing’s Sky Harbor Composite Squadron and an active contributor to the wing's Aerospace Education team, will be the mission pilot on the privately funded Inspiration4 flight aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule, plus Proctor and a crew of three civilians, is scheduled to lift off in September from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The flight will make Proctor CAP's newest astronaut, following Col. Eric Boe, who piloted the final flight of NASA's space shuttle Discovery 10 years ago.
CAP Poised for Future with New Mission-Vision Statement to Be Revealed at National Conference
Civil Air Patrol is rolling out a new mission-vision statement next month at the 2021 National Conference. Randy Bolinger, CAP's chief of marketing, tells why.

The new statement blends both CAP's mission and vision statements into a single, elegantly crafted nine-word statement of purpose to guide the organization's strategic plan, ensuring CAP remains a dynamic forward-looking Total Force partner for the future.
CAP Profile Debuts on Lifetime TV; Final Broadcast on July 29

Talk show legend and military advocate Montel Williams, a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, hosts the “Military Makeover” TV show on the Lifetime Cable Channel and the Armed Forces Network.

As part of that show, Military Makeover Operation Career is a five-minute infomercial for military-friendly employers and organizations like Civil Air Patrol who are interested in recruiting military personnel transitioning back to civilian life. CAP’s Operation Career profile debuted on the Lifetime network on July 23, and will be broadcast again at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT on July 29.
Operation Pulse Lift Reaches 5,000-Unit Goal
Operation Pulse Lift reached its 5,000-unit blood collection goal for the fiscal year today more than two months ahead of time. The fiscal 2021 goal was 5,000 units by Oct. 1.
Desiree Edwards (seated in photo) of Pinetop, Arizona, donated the 5,000th unit at Show Low Composite Squadron 210's Blood Donor Center, one of three donor events held this week in Arizona in response to the American Red Cross' urgent request for collections and donations over the past weekend. The request was made because of a critical shortfall of blood supplies across the U.S., with only a one-day supply available.

The donation of over 50 units of blood July 26-27 at the three events this week, coupled with the collection of 198 units last week at three donor centers in the Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas wings, helped Operation Pulse Lift reach its goal. The effort was also supported with individual donations of 76 units from 52 members nationwide.
Mo., Ohio, Md., N.Y. Cadets Earn 'Wings'

Four more cadets have earned their private pilot certificates this past week, making them the 107th-110th cadets to become graduates of CAP's Air Force-funded Cadet Wings program.

On July 21, Cadet Col. Reagan Hess ((#109) and Cadet Lt. Col. Dana Rose (#110) received their certificates through Purdue University's in-residence flight program. Hess (top left) and Rose (right) posed for a photo with their flight instructor, Onat Ataman, following their check rides with an FAA examiner.

Hess, vice chair of CAP's National Cadet Advisory Council, is a member of the Missouri Wing's Wentzville Composite Squadron. Rose belongs to the Ohio Wing's Victor A. Hammond Composite Squadron 234 in West Mansfield.

Two other CAP cadets earned their certificates on July 20:
  • Cadet Capt. James Demonte-Weckel (#107) of the Maryland Wing's Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron in Middle River, pictured above right with his FAA private pilot certificate.
  • Cadet Maj. Connor Gleason (#108) of the New York Wing's Southtowns Cadet Squadron in Upper Sloan, pictured below in front of the aircraft he piloted on his check ride.
CAP Steps Up Presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
CAP has increased its presence at Experimental Aircraft Association's 2021 AirVenture Oshkosh with a delegation of National Headquarters employees and national volunteer staff, in addition to Wisconsin Wing members who also are involved annually.

On opening day, Middle Tennessee State University renewed its partnership with CAP for the third time, with school President Sidney A. McPhee and Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, signing the three-year extension shortly after the start of the air show. After the signing ceremony, McPhee and Smith (top left) spent some time to explore the cockpit in the CAP aircraft on display.

“MTSU has been a valued friend, sponsor and partner in so many of Civil Air Patrol’s activities and priorities, not only in Tennessee Wing but also on a national level,” said Smith, who in 2019 became the first CAP national commander to visit the MTSU campus.

Smith will lead a press conference at Oshkosh scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT July 28, where he is expected to talk about CAP's 80th anniversary.
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Accessibility is Key at 2021 National Conference
CAP is pleased to work with National Diversity Officer Lt. Col. Juan Rodriguez to identify ways to make the 2021 National Conference more accessible than ever. Session topics at this year's conference are as diverse as CAP membership. For the first time, the conference will feature English-language closed captioning for ease in understanding the content you’ll receive during the three-day virtual event, scheduled for Aug. 12-14.
Thanks to CAP's generous sponsors, registration is free ($50 value) to our members this year. Don’t miss out on over 140 exciting learning opportunities offered only at the national conference. Join Rodriguez and more than 6,000 of your fellow members for direct access to these opportunities.
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The Mississippi Wing is the star of This Week in CAP History.

This 1994 article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger featured Lt. Col. Martha Bowling of the Jackson Composite Squadron. Bowling was her squadron's only female pilot and came highly recommended by members throughout the wing.

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