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Davenport Civil Air Patrol, ASC honor cadets

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Capt. Johnathon Knapton
ASC Public Affairs

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. — Col. Scott Lofreddo, Army Sustainment Command chief of staff, addressed a gathering of 60 Davenport Civil Air Patrol cadets and guests during an awards dinner Feb. 2.

The event, held at Davenport’s Trinity Lutheran School, honored cadet achievements throughout the past year, culminating in the presentation of three General Billy Mitchell Awards.

“Only 15 percent of cadets throughout the country earn this award,” said Randy Mester, Davenport Civil Air Patrol activities commander.

Recipients of the award were Cadet 2nd Lt. Roy Schindler, Cadet 2nd Lt. Brandon Gore and Cadet 2nd Lt. Logan Rathjen.

“The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of their enlisted phase of the cadet program. Cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, cadet officers,” Mester said.

The award is named in honor of Maj. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell, deputy chief of the Army Air Service during World War II, and a military aviation visionary.

The Army Sustainment Command supports United States and coalition forces around the world.

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February 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

AFA names 20 new educator grant recipients

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force Association announced the 20 recipients of the Civil Air Patrol Educator Grant, an education initiative funded by AFA and managed by the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters. The CAP Educator Grants are each up to $250, and provided to teachers who are members of either the Air Force Association or Civil Air Patrol. This initiative funds classroom activities or materials that benefit the entire group of students and promote knowledge of aerospace power.

Squadrons receiving AFA Grants are as follows:

  • Bangor State Belt Composite Squadron, Bangor, Pennsylvania
  • Black Sheep Senior Squadron, Englewood, Colorado
  • Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Col Johnnie Pantanelli Composite Squadron, Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Crow Wings Squadron, Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron, Garden City, New York
  • Gainesville Composite Squadron, Gainesville, Florida
  • Iona CAP Flight, Alto, Michigan
  • Jacksonville Composite Squadron, Jacksonville, Florida
  • La Crosse Composite Squadron, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Naples Senior Squadron, Naples, Florida
  • Phoenix Composite Squadron, New York, New York
  • Prince William Composite Squadron, Manassas, Virginia
  • Sheridan Cadet Squadron, Sheridan, Indiana
  • Steven Schiller Composite Squadron, Burnt Hills, New York
  • Southeast Group, Delavan, Wisconsin
  • Tehachapi Composite Squadron, Tehachapi, California
  • Thunderbird Composite Squadron, Oakley, Utah
  • Washington County Composite Squadron, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Wylie Apte Cadet Squadron, Conway, New Hampshire

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February 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

24 top cadets from 21 units, 13 wings headed to D.C. for Civic Leadership Academy

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Two dozen outstanding Civil Air Patrol cadets interested in politics and careers in public service will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in the Civic Leadership Academy, one of the nation’s premier civic education activities.

Scheduled from Saturday through March 2, the weeklong academy provides 24 cadets from 21 squadrons in 13 wings across the nation an opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours and briefings at the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery and other places of interest in the nation’s capital.

“The Civic Leadership Academy is not your average field trip,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded each year to our best cadets, providing them with a well-rounded understanding of government leadership, public service and the principles that guide our nation.”

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 firsthand. 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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February 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

CAP History Program looks to future while working to preserve past

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Kristi Carr
Contributing Writer

Fittingly enough, given the fact that emergency services is one of Civil Air Patrol’s core missions, some of the first things a visitor encounters upon entering the foyer of National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., are the results of a continuing search and rescue mission.

In this case, the successful SAR mission’s results are many and multifaceted – documents, portraits, uniforms, medals, publications and other artifacts from the last seven decades. The target of the effort, which remains ongoing and shows no signs of flagging, is CAP’s past, and the searchers and rescuers are members who devote themselves to uncovering, documenting and displaying these reminders of the organization’s rich history.

In the meantime, the supporting structure behind the effort to retrieve and preserve CAP’s history has changed. Last year the Civil Air Patrol Historical Foundation’s Board of Directors moved to dissolve the foundation and transfer its assets and fundraising activities to the CAP History Program – a move they hope will remove any redundancies, broaden CAP’s inventory of historic artifacts and open up new avenues for aerospace education.

The transfer occurred in October, coinciding with the appointment of Col. Charles Wiest of the California Wing as national historian. Wiest is excited about continuing the work to create a digital archive of the CAP collection, a fairly new trend in collections and one initiated by Col. Len Blascovich, who preceded him as national historian.

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February 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Cadet Awards: January 2013

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Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award 
• Jacob K. Napp, No. 1869, IA


Amelia Earhart Award
• Nathan J. Schuetz, IA

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February 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Burlington Composite Squadron Newsletter | High Five – January 2013

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February 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

ACE Program for K-6 students receives $5,000 from FLIR Systems Inc.

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Connections in Education Program now has $5,000 more to devote to its continuing efforts to emphasize lessons in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – for the nation’s K-6th-graders, thanks to FLIR Systems Inc.

FLIR’s manager for Air Force programs, Jarrod Nutter, presented a check for that amount to Don Rowland, CAP’s chief operating officer, this morning at National Headquarters. FLIR is the global leader in infrared cameras, night vision and thermal imaging systems.

The ACE Program benefits some 700 teachers and almost 20,000 students in 29 states, and a U.S. Department of Defense school in Turkey, providing educators with lessons plans and teaching materials designed to integrate the aerospace theme in a cross-curricular manner in classrooms.

“We appreciate all that the ACE Program provides for the future members of the U.S. Air Force” and for others who pursue aerospace-related careers, Nutter said after the presentation. “We at FLIR look forward to continuing to provide resources to assist this great effort.”

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February 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm