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CAP Volunteer, ‘CAP Vector’ posted for online reading

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – The April-June editions of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, CAP’s quarterly magazine, and “CAP Vector,” which features updates from the organization’s directorates, are now available.

“CAP Vector” combines two former quarterly reports, “Open Cockpit” and the “National Staff Report.”

In addition to a cover story about CAP’s involvement in intercept missions to help train military pilots, the new Volunteer features:

  • A photo-laden look at CAP members’ participation in Legislative Day on Capitol Hill.
  • A report on CAP leaders’ role in ringing the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell.
  • An examination of the important role the 2013-2014 Strategic Plan will play in charting the organization’s course for the future.|
  • An overview of the roles cadet programs play at schools throughout the nation.
  • A  story on an Ohio Wing squadron’s unusual home base – a historic air traffic control tower.
  • A summary of the CAP History Program’s plans for an online emphasis.
  • An account of how the Alaska Wing’s public affairs officer combines her interest in spreading her love of aviation with a background in beauty      pageants.

A pair of videos, focusing on the New York Stock Exchange bell-ringing and on the first CAP encampment in South Korea, are included in the digital version of the magazine as well.


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March 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to honor Army Staff Sgt. Steve Blass, 27, or Estherville, who died in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 11.

Blass’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Estherville High School Gym. Brig. Gen. Derek Hill, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, will be in attendance to represent the administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

FEMA Communications Exercise

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From National Headquarters:

As many of you already know, CAP was involved in a major FEMA communications exercise today.  In fact, we were the exercise.

At the personal request of the FEMA Administrator, Mr. Craig Fugate, CAP sent ten Immediate precedence messages through our HF network to his ten FEMA Region Administrators.  The message instructed them to send him a personal email advising him when they got the CAP message.  Mr. Fugate requested this exercise during a face-to-face meeting in Washington two weeks ago with the CAP Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Donny Rowland.

The exercise was strictly “no notice”.  Even the FEMA regions had no idea this was coming.  It was intended to be a surprise and bring attention to alternative methods of communicating—especially HF.

We received a phone call from Mr. Fugate’s military advisor this morning starting the exercise at 1257Z.  We generated the ten pre-arranged messages and tried calling any FEMA station on their HF frequencies for about ten minutes.  When that was unsuccessful we turned to CAP and began calling CAP Net 9 stations to begin sending the Immediate messages.  We were able to get the FEMA 4 message to 202SERCAP and the FEMA 8 message to 042RMRCAP on Net 9 before the morning HF net started.

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March 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Burlington Composite Squadron Newsletter | High Five – March 2013

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March 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

Members, supporters urged to encourage votes against Senate proposal cutting CAP funding

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plans to introduce an amendment today that would dramatically reduce funding for CAP missions and programs for Fiscal Year 2013.

This amendment would reduce CAP operations and maintenance funding now in HR 933, the new funding bill for defense, from $28.4 million to $23.9 million as well as reduce aircraft procurement from $9.3 million to $2.5 million.

The impact on CAP and its operations would be very damaging and, if coupled with a sequestration cut, could be devastating to CAP’s future.

CAP members and supporters are asked to contact the offices of their states’ two U.S. senators with the following message:

“Please vote no on Amendment 50. The proposal will drastically cut Civil Air Patorl’s funding, which will be devastating to this all-volunteer organization that serves as a critical force multiplier of the U.S. Air Force.”

Amendment 50 would be made to the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 for Defense, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs.

The vote could take place as early as mid-day to mid-afternoon today, so quick action is required by all who read this in time.
The possible impact is very bad — CAP will likely run out of maintenance funds before the end of the year as well be forced to reduce its aircraft fleet by 75 and significantly reduce National Headquarters staff. In addition, there would be a 21 percent reduction in overall support for Air Force missions compared to FY12 and a 52 percent decrease in homeland security and air defense training, as well as other negative impacts.

National Headquarters’ requests earlier today via social media for members and friends to contact the Senate about the amendment have been shared with more than 330 Facebook users so far and seen by more than 15,000 people.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron Holds Change of Command Ceremony

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Maj Cindi Wachholz
Asst. Public Affairs Officer
Iowa Wing

NWICS-ChangeofCommand_Feb13FT. DODGE, IA – The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron (NWICS) of the Civil Air Patrol held a change of command ceremony on February 16, 2013, at the Ft. Dodge Regional Airport.

Outgoing Commander, Maj Cindi Wachholz, relinquished command of the NWICS after four years of service to Maj Jim Currie. Maj Wachholz’s tenure was served with honor and distinction.

With more than 20 members in the squadron, Maj Wachholz brought the importance of CAP’s three missions, Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services, and the core values to the forefront of her command. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in the role of commander to such an outstanding group of individuals,” stated Wachholz.

Long time CAP member and incoming commander, Maj Jim Currie, affirmed, “This squadron has been and will continue to be a ‘Can do, Will do’ squadron.” Currie is also Iowa Wing’s Director of Emergency Services. Currie will begin his command by making preparations for his squadron to host a wing wide search and rescue exercise in April.

Col Michael Mouw, commander of the Iowa Wing, performed the change of command ceremony. He had the honor of passing the ceremonial banner from Maj Wachholz to Maj Currie, signifying that command of the squadron had changed hands.

Special guests attending the change of command ceremony included Sen. Daryl Beall, member of Iowa’s Legislative Squadron, and Tony Jorgensen, Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Residing in Sac City, Maj Currie joined CAP in 1994. He has served in numerous capacities including communications officer, professional development officer and deputy commander at the squadron level.  Continuing to serve in the Civil Air Patrol, Maj Wachholz has accepted the role of vice commander for the Iowa Wing.

The Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron meets on the first and third Saturday of each month in the lower level of the Ft. Dodge Regional Airport. For information about the Civil Air Patrol, contact Maj Jim Currie at (712)660-1120.

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March 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Cadet Awards: February 2013

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award   
• Luke J. Hohenberger, IA

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm