Strategic Planning Ensures CAP
Remains the 'Resource of Choice'
Fellow Civil Air Patrol Airmen:  
Vision is what propels any organization to new heights. Strategy is the roadmap that transforms vision into reality. When we started this journey back in 2016, we developed for the first time a five-year strategic plan that sought input from all echelons of Civil Air Patrol from the Board of Governors, to commanders, to every member of our amazing organization.

Strategy is a living process, adapting as needed to meet the ever-changing world and the emerging opportunities and challenges we face. Our original five-year plan is not over, however; it’s now time to adapt to be more innovative, responsive, diverse and professional to further highlight to our partners that Civil Air Patrol is indeed the “Resource of Choice.” 

In addition to keeping with a rolling five-year plan, this year we’re introducing our strategic planning battle rhythm the annual activities we’ll conduct to produce the following year’s plan. While the basic plan itself might not noticeably change, the annually updated action plans that implement our strategy will.

When I became your National Commander, I laid out a plan of initiatives to take CAP to the next level initiatives to better care for our members and make your participation more fulfilling, improve our processes, promote our professionalism, inspire innovation, grow new partnerships and increase our diversity. Each of these initiatives is now part of our plan. 
This strategic plan lays the foundation for CAP’s future, a foundation that cascades down to every echelon. Actions taken at national, region, wing and, yes, squadron level should link to our five goals to complement our strategy and vision for Civil Air Patrol.  
It’s my privilege to serve by your side, and I look forward to taking this new journey with every one of you. Together, we can all make tomorrow’s Civil Air Patrol better than yesterday’s.

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith
National Commander/CEO 
Gateway Senior Squadron Conducts sUAS Training
Members of the Missouri Wing’s Gateway Senior Squadron used a recent clear day to advance their sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) pilot training.

Under the guidance of Senior Member Benjamin Creen (left in photo), sUAS instructor pilot, members like Senior Member Dan Hartman took turns flying a small quadcopter around an idle soccer field.
Operation Pulse Lift Benefits from Wing Donations
With 1,894 units of blood collected, CAP has reached 95% of its Valentine's Day goal of 2,000 units. In all, 28 wings participated in Week 7 of the Operation Pulse Lift blood donation challenge, gathering 111 units. This was the largest week of donations since the mission began in March and the largest number of wings participating in a single COVID-19 mission.

Even bigger news this week: The Oklahoma Wing is joining the Arizona Wing by setting up a blood donation center in Tulsa.

To participate in Operation Pulse Lift, go to your nearest blood donation event hosted by any blood collection agency. Your contribution can be counted as part of program if you report it.

Find a nearby donor center at Schedule Your Blood Donation With The Red Cross ( and then let know when you or your family members give blood between now and Feb. 14.
67th Cadet Earns Pilot Certificate Through CAP

On Jan. 22, Cadet Capt. Christopher Marshall (right) of the Texas Wing became the 67th cadet to earn her private pilot certificate through CAP's Cadet Wings program.

With Marshall is his certified flight instructor, Ian Kamp (observing social distancing).

Marshall is a member of the Randolph Composite Squadron.
CAP Launches New Mentoring Effort for Members
The Mentoring Steering Committee has launched CAP’s Mentoring Program in conjunction with National Mentoring Month.

The program was created to bring together members interested in helping others be successful, productive CAP members and in assisting those who need help navigating the organization’s programs or improving their skills.  

The Mentoring Team will match mentors to mentees individually. Mentors will have the option to assist one member or a group, while mentees can request an individual mentor or join a small group.
Last Call to Join Virginia Wing's Mission to the Moon
This is the last call for all senior members and cadets interested in the Virginia Wing's "CAP Goes to the Moon" project.

If you want your name on the moon, click the button below and follow directions. (Remember to uncheck the box in eServices regarding third-party permissions if it is OK to include your name on the microchip that will end up on the moon.)
Updated information about the project and its results will be posted here.
NHQ News
Commander Offers Tips for Effective Leadership

National Headquarters' Marketing & Strategic Communications team is reprising National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s Tips for Effective Leadership Video Series from 2019.

Smith's "Tips for Effective Leadership: Be a Person of Action” is featured today.
Starting today and continuing through 2021, CAP is launching “This Week in CAP History” in observation of the organization's 80th anniversary on Dec. 1. Take a look at this first link to CAP’s rich history, from the Indianapolis Star courtesy of
CAP Accepting Applications for Nat'l Staff Positions
National Headquarters is accepting applications for an Annual Histories Manager and an Online Content Manager for the national CAP historian staff. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 4.
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