Civil Air Patrol

April 2018

March has been a rollercoaster ride for most of us in the Middle East Region.  One day it is 70 degrees, a week later it is snowing… a lot!  This weather, along with our funding being restrained due to the containing resolution in place of a budget, continues to impact our flying and our training.  I am hopeful with […]

March 2018

More Thoughts on Leadership Continuing on my theme from last month, another good resource on leadership and management are publications like Forbes or the Harvard Business Review.  A recent Forbes article by Gary Bradt started out “A leader’s job is not to do anything. It is to make sure what needs to get done, gets done.” No doubt a […]

February 2018

Leaders Eat Last I’m a big advocate for self-improvement and I also love to read.  Combining these two this past month found me reading a very good book titled: “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t” by Simon Sinek.  I made a list of a couple of the concepts that I […]

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 […]

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