Now's the Time to Reflect
on CAP's Core Values

Our nation was justifiably shocked and angry over the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol this past week. Peaceful demonstrations and freedom of speech are certainly allowed by the U.S. Constitution, but violent acts that damage property and cause a loss of life or injuries are never acceptable. All the more so, an attack on Congress, a symbol of our democracy, has disturbed many of us deeply. A growing number of attackers have already been arrested and will be held accountable. What we all can find encouraging is that within hours of the riot, Congress reconvened and concluded its business as planned. The underlying tenets of our democracy may have been tested, but continue to function strongly.

What happened in Washington, D.C., may seem far away or outside of our control. More so, while we are most definitely neutral when it comes to politics, our membership and employees represent the complete spectrum of political views. With that in mind, I believe that a key opportunity is presenting itself. Civil Air Patrol is blessed to have an exceptional set of core values, which, in turn, help us to indeed be an ethical organization. For us in Civil Air Patrol, our core values help to guide our actions and interactions. Each of our core values are important; two I will single out. Integrity always, and always treat others with respect.

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith
National Commander/CEO
Ohio Cadet Honored for Saving 2 Children
Col. David Jennison, Ohio Wing commander, has awarded Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Dimos the Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving.

Dimos was recognized for her actions May 30, 2020, assisting in the rescue of two children involved in a boating accident on Lake Erie.

She belongs to the Medina County Skyhawks Composite Squadron.
Announcing New AE Initiative: 'CAP Goes to the Moon'
CAP members now have the chance to have their names on the moon, thanks to Lt. Paul Douglas of the Virginia Wing's Burke Composite Squadron. The wing has created just that opportunity to send the names of every current CAP cadet and senior member to the moon.

Douglas coordinated with Cornell University, which will use electron beam lithography to place the names of interested members; a message from Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP's national commander/CEO; a message from Col. Dean Gould, Virginia Wing commander; and possibly other names on a postage stamp-sized chip. That chip will be placed on the Peregrine Lunar Lander being built by Astrobotic of Pittsburgh, which will touch down in the lunar surface's Lacus Mortis region later this year.
Just think, one day soon you will be able to look up and at the moon and say “my name is up there.”
Minn. Wing Members Assist Nat'l Guard PPE Efforts
Eighteen Minnesota Wing members devoted 184 volunteer hours over five days to supporting Minnesota National Guard COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The members assisted National Guardsmen with packing, organizing and storing thousands of personal protective equipment (PPE) items gowns, gloves, masks and face shields for distribution to health care workers in prisons and medical facilities throughout the state.

Among those participating in the mission were (pictured) 1st Lts. Heike Dodge and Caleb Gregory. Dodge is commander of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron; Gregory belongs to the Viking Composite Squadron.
NHQ News
Despite an unusual year filled with challenges, there were many CAP firsts and milestone accomplishments to celebrate in the past year. Enjoy this 2020 Top 10 list that’s making the rounds on our social media channels.
Youth Development Conference Goes Virtual

CAP's second Youth Development Conference is scheduled for this weekend, Jan. 15-18, and it will be virtual via Microsoft Teams.

The theme of the conference is "Equity and Justice in Cadet Life." It will offer dynamic, interactive sessions to challenge adult leaders to take a fresh look at how we continue to develop our youth now and into the future.

Maj. Gen. Edward Thomas, Air Force Recruiting Services commander, is keynote speaker. Session outlines, agendas and info on how to use the training platform are available at

The event is by invitation-only for Region/Wing Directors of Cadet Programs or their designees, selected National Cadet Team members and cadet program officers.
Are You Wearing the Correct CAP Command Emblem?

If you wear a flight suit, take a quick moment to look over your uniform. The CAP Command Emblem patch attached to the front should be the current version shown below.

There have been three versions of the shield-shaped patch over the years, with the current version adopted in 2007. If you need to upgrade your command patch, click here.
Command Team Available for Your Virtual Meetings

As some CAP units are still virtual/or returning to virtual, remember the Command Team is available to drop in to your meetings. Anyone can submit a request (below) and members of the Command Team will do their best to accommodate.
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