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CAP delegations seeking Congressional Gold Medal support on Capitol Hill

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Commanders from all 52 wings will converge Thursday on Capitol Hill to brief congressional members on how Civil Air Patrol’s primary missions – emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs – make a difference in their communities.

This year, these delegations will have an additional charge: to gather legislative support for a Congressional Gold Medal to honor CAP’s founding members, who helped safeguard America during the early days of World War II.

Identical bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives – S. 418 and H.R. 719 – call for the awarding of a Congressional Gold Medal to CAP in recognition of the service performed by its World War II members, who, often using their own aircraft, displayed heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on supply ships leaving American ports headed to support the Allied war effort.

This wartime Coastal Patrol service was considered highly unusual because these “subchasers” were civilian volunteers flying combat missions at great personal risk at a time when the military could not adequately respond to the U-boat threat.

Of the 59 CAP pilots killed during World War II, 26 were lost while on Coastal Patrol duty, and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out the missions.

“These members from our earliest days as an organization helped save lives and preserve our nation’s freedom,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander. “They were truly unsung heroes of the war, using their small private aircraft to not only search for enemy submarines close to America’s shores, but also to tow targets for military practice, to transport critical supplies within the country and to conduct general airborne reconnaissance.

“They provided selfless service, without fanfare, in defense of their homeland.”

CAP’s Legislative Day push for sponsorship is important because time, instead of a German sub, is now the enemy of the roughly 60,000 CAP volunteers from World War II. Only a few hundred are still alive.

“We want to make sure those who remain, and those who have passed, are rightly honored for their great service to America,” Carr said.

In addition to asking for Congressional Gold Medal support, CAP commanders will note modern-day achievements, including providing aerial reconnaissance after tornadoes, winter storms, flooding caused by spring thaws and summer rains, wildfires, hurricanes and tsunamis in 2011.

CAP members also helped save 54 lives across the U.S. through search and rescue missions and conducted counterdrug and drug interdiction operations that helped seize more than $475 million in illegal drugs and currency, leading to 212 arrests.

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Pacific Coast Region (PCR) to host Public Affairs Academy in May

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Civil Air Patrol’s Pacific Coast Region is planning a 2012 Public Affairs Officer Academy May 11-12 in Portland, Oregon. Lt. Col. Frederick R. Mahadocon Jr., director of Pacific Coast Region public affairs, says the academy is open to all CAP public affairs officers. Go to the “PA Essentials” blog on capmembers.com to find out more about this valuable training opportunity.

Registration for the PAO Academy is due by April 25.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

Bronze Medal of Valor honors Ohio cadet for saving brothers in dog attack

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2nd Lt. Shelia L. Stoneburner
Public Affairs Officer
Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
Ohio Wing

OHIO – Cadet Airman 1st Class Christmas Mary Rowlands of the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron has been awarded the Civil Air Patrol Bronze Medal of Valor for heroic and selfless acts of courage that may have saved the lives of her two brothers in a pit bull attack in August..

The medal, the second-highest award in CAP, recognizes members who demonstrate courage and selflessness in life-saving actions. Rowlands received the medal from Lt. Col. Theodore Shaffer, the Ohio Wing’s vice commander of operations, at an awards ceremony Sunday at the Akron-Canton Airport Army National Guard Facility in North Canton.

According to the citation accompanying the medal, Rowlands stepped up Aug. 22 when a neighbor’s pit bull attacked her 15-year-old brother, Jessie, dragging him off his bike by the arm. The dog then ran down the street to the Rowlands’ home and began attacking her 6-year-old brother, Leo.

When she heard the commotion, Rowlands, then 14, ran out of the house and grabbed her brother’s bicycle, using it to fend off the dog while Jessie escaped.

Eventually the dog – which was scheduled to be euthanized for a previous attack on someone else, but jumped through a screened window where it was being confined – ran away.

Her brothers received medical treatment for deep bites on their limbs and torsos.

“Through her singularly courageous heroism and selfless regard for her siblings, Cadet Airman First Class Rowlands has reflected the highest credit upon herself and Civil Air Patrol,” the citation concluded.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

CAC Meeting Scheduled for March 4th

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when:  March 4, 2012
time: 1900-2000

Additional information will be sent out closer to the meeting date, stay tuned.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

24 top cadets gearing up for Civic Leadership Academy in nation’s capital

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Steve Cox
Public Affairs Manager
National Headquarters

It’s an annual rite of late winter for Civil Air Patrol cadets – at least for the 24 lucky enough to be chosen to participate in CAP’s Civic Leadership Academy, which begins Saturday.

Held each February in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with CAP’s Legislative Day and Winter National Board meeting, the weeklong academy is one of the nation’s premier civic education activities, providing two dozen of the organization’s top best cadets with a head start on their public service careers.

“It is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander. “The cadets leave this activity with a well-rounded understanding of government leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation.

“In turn, we expect them to apply those principles to their lives and be thoughtful participants and leaders in America’s future.”

A National Cadet Special Activity created by CAP in 2002, CLA allows a select group of cadets to experience the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government first-hand. It’s an academically intense, interactive study of U.S. government in action, providing participants the opportunity to grow as citizens and young leaders through lessons in persuasive leadership, federal government, public service careers and American heritage.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Congratulations to C/Col Adam Wachholz!

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C/Col Wachholz was presented the Iowa Wing Cadet of the Year Award for 2010, just one of his many accomplishments as a CAP cadet.

It is with extreme pleasure that we announce the addition of Iowa’s 20th Spaatz Award recipient, C/Col Adam Wachholz!

I won’t go into huge detail as a write-up will be prepared following the presentation of this award, but I did want to let you all know that Wachholz is recipient #1829 and that only 1/2 of 1% of ALL CAP cadets ever reach this momentus milestone in the CAP Cadet Program.  If you get a chance, please take a minute to congratulate this hard working young man on such a wonderful accomplishment.

Congratulations C/Col Wachholz, we are all VERY proud of you!

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

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Thank you to the fine folks who update the CAP Cadet Programs page on Facebook for sharing this video…

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

February 16, 2012 at 11:34 am