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Archive for March 2012

The Safety Beacon – April 2011 – NOW Available!

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The Safety Beacon, CAP’s Safety Newsletter, is now available for all CAP members to read. Please pass it along.

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March 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

April-June ‘Open Cockpit’ posted online

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National Headquarters’ latest quarterly Open Cockpit report, rounding up news from Civil Air Patrol’s different directorates and some of the directions the organization is heading, is now available for reading online.

Along with developments regarding CAP’s core missions – emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education – the report also covers such aspects of the organization’s operations as government relations, logistics, public affairs and professional development for members.

Burlington Composite Squadron Newsletter | High Five – March 2012

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

Colo. team takes CAP’s 2nd straight CyberPatriot national title

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Steve Cox
Public Affairs Manager
National Headquarters

MARYLAND – It’s official!

Civil Air Patrol defended its claim to the Commander-in-Chief Cup today, capturing the top spot again in the championship round of CyberPatriot IV: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

Cadets from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, known as the “Wolf Pack,” bested 11 other All Service Division finalists – including the Alabama Wing’s Springville Composite Squadron, Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron and South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron – to lay claim to the national title.

Their triumph followed a full day of competition during the Air Force Association’s CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

CAP ‘Final 4’ set for national cyber defense title showdown

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Steve Cox
Public Affairs Manager
National Headquarters

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Call it March Madness, Civil Air Patrol-style.

Having successfully battled through three rounds of virtual competition over the past five months, four cadet teams from CAP are headed to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the national championship round of CyberPatriot IV—The National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

Much as the NCAA basketball tournament brings out the best in men’s and women’s college basketball, CyberPatriot is a competition that replicates real life cyber security situations faced by computer administrators. Created in 2008 by the Air Force Association, CyberPatriot provides high school students hands-on learning about cyber security while exciting, educating and motivating them to be America’s next cyber defenders.

Competing in the CyberPatriot IV finals showdown Friday in National Harbor, Md., are teams from the Colorado Wing’s Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron, the South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron, the Alabama Wing’s Springville Composite Squadron and the Ohio Wing’s Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron. They account for four of the 12 finalists in the All Services Division.

This year’s two-track competition had Junior ROTC units and CAP squadrons registered in the All Service Division and public, private and home schools signed up in the Open Division. In all, more than 1,000 teams registered to participate, representing all 50 states, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific, and Canada.

“Each year this competition draws in very determined students who demonstrate great energy, motivation and excitement in their involvement with CyberPatriot,” CyberPatriot Commissioner Bernie Skoch said. “We have to congratulate all the students for their hard work, and we look forward to the great amount of enthusiasm they will bring with them to the national finals competition.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

Necessary no. of Senate co-sponsors secured for Congressional Gold Medal action

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol has secured the number of co-sponsors needed for committee action on its proposal for a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing its early members’ service during World War II.

Once the Banking, House and Urban Affairs Committee acts on the bill, the next steps are a full vote in the Senate. The measure then goes to the House for action. All of this should occur in the next several months.

Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander, hailed this “major milestone,” crediting members’ and other supporters’ “tenacity and hard work” and expressing “heartfelt thanks for a job exceptionally well done” in a message to leaders throughout the organization.

“It’s been a long and arduous process, but the very best is yet to come! When the medal is approved, we can all take pride in the national spotlight that will shine, not only on the contributions to America of our founding members, but also on the exceptional work that each of you does every day,” Carr said.

The work isn’t over, though, the national commander said.

“Obviously, while we are at critical juncture in ensuring passage of the bills, we still need additional co-sponsors in both the Senate and House so that once the bill comes up for a vote, it will easily pass,” he added.

“I am requesting that each of you keep this critical national project at the forefront of your priorities,” he said.

He also called for continued diligence in ensuring early members’ Congressional Gold Medal eligibility.  He asked that CAP’s wing commanders assign appropriate individuals in their wings to check this online listing.

In addition, possible candidates should immediately be contacted “to ensure no deserving person is left out of the Congressional Gold Medal process,” Carr said.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Members Complete Advanced Communications Training

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – After completing jointly held Basic Communications User Training on Feb 11th, and Mission Radio Operator Training on March 3rd, members of the Ceder Rapids Senior Squadron and East Iowa Cadet Squadron met on a very warm Saturday March 17th to complete Advanced Communication User Training, the last in series of CAP Communications courses.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 19, 2012 at 10:51 am