Civil Air Patrol

January 2018

The start of a new year is when we make resolutions to help make us a better person.  It is also a time to look back on the previous year and count our blessings.  I’m not going to rehash all of 2017, you can go back and review all my commentaries if you wish (or […]

December 2017

December 1, 1941 Happy birthday to you!  Our great organization was founded 76 years ago today when our intrepid founders took to the skies to protect the homeland against the attacks from Nazi U-boats that prowled the shores of the East and Gulf coasts. Civil Air Patrol’s very first coastal patrol flight took off from the […]

November 2017

October was the start of the 2018 fiscal year for the federal government and for Civil Air Patrol.   While the government is under a continuing resolution for 2018 our funds from the Air Force are forwarded based on a quarterly basis.  Funding is available but not the full amount found in the 2018 budget.  For […]

October 2017

Hurricane Harvey-Irma-Maria I’ll open this month as I opened last month – Civil Air Patrol’s support for FEMA and the citizens of our country.  No one could have predicted that we would have continuous operations across the U.S. and its territories for three different major hurricanes: Harvey, Irma and Maria. Jose was kind enough to […]

September 2017

Commander’s Commentary Hurricane Harvey As I sit and type this, Hurricane Harvey is hovering over southeast Texas bringing high winds and massive flooding.  FEMA went to level two on Friday morning, quickly elevating to level one, the highest activation level, by 1030.   Minutes after I walked in the door at the National Response Coordination Center […]

August 2017

Commander’s Commentary International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) As July closes, we are saying goodbye to the first ever CAP region-hosted IACE program with cadets hosted by the Middle East Region.  Maryland Wing’s Lt. Col. Brenda Reed and CMSgt. Tom Reed served as the project officers for this experimental program.  National Headquarters wanted to try something […]

July 2017

Commander’s Commentary June was an incredibly busy month with a lot going on around the region, including encampments, special activities, the Col. Roland Butler MER Powered Flight Academy and the selection of a new national commander and CEO.   New National Commander – CEO Col. Mark Smith, the SWR/CC, was selected by the Board of […]

June 2017

Commander’s Commentary Paying Tribute Like many of you, I ended the month taking some time out on Memorial Day to remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation.  As a person who loves history, there are a couple of thoughts I would like to share with you this month to […]

April 2017

March was certainly a month of change, not only with the crazy weather — 70 degrees, then 4 days later snow and 28 degrees — but we had two change-of-command ceremonies in the region last month. Preparation is Key Before, we jump into the command changes let me share a thought or two about changing […]

March 2017

Like most of you, the end of February creeped up on me. The fact that it is the shortest month of the year has something to do with it but preparing for Legislative Day, the CAP Command Council meetings and processing the annual ‘of the year’ awards also had a lot to do with it. […]

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