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Davenport Composite Squadron Newsletter | The Flock News – May 2013

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Click here to view the May 2013 edition of The Flock News from the Davenport Composite Squadron!

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June 10, 2013 at 11:46 am

Cadet Awards: May 2013

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Gen. Billy Mitchell Award   
• Zachary T. Evanchyk, IA
• Daniel D. Holt, IA

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June 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Burlington Composite Squadron Newsletter | High Five – May 2013

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June 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

National diversity officer works to create structure, define issues

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Minnie Lamberth

Contributing Writer


NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – For Lt. Col. Jo’Andrew D. Cousins, Civil Air Patrol’s first national chief diversity officer, it’s a matter of fairness.

About a year and a half into the new position, Cousins said, one major question he’s asking is, “How do we do a better job equipping our people to ensure everybody has a fair shot?”

Part of the answer, he said, lies in creating a structure for diversity as well as a common definition.

“Everybody has a different opinion about what diversity is,” Cousins said. Those perceptions may touch on ethnicity, gender, job experience, career tracks and socio-economic factors.

“You can go down what I consider the diversity rabbit hole and not have a common consensus,” he said.

So that’s the starting point. “The best way to train our leaders is understanding what’s in everybody’s head and essentially defining what diversity is for the organization,” Cousins said.

Diversity, he added, “is also a leadership issue where you have to instill an environment of trust and open communication. I think it’s a bottom-up discussion.”

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June 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

National commander calls for continuing campaign for Congressional Gold Medal co-sponsorships

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, national commander, is calling on Civil Air Patrol wings to secure co-sponsorships by the end of June from at least 70 percent of their states’ congressional delegations for legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to CAP for its pioneering members’ volunteer service during World War II.

“With only four weeks to go, I urge every wing to renew its efforts to meet this critical goal,” Carr said in a memorandum Friday to CAP’s Command Council.

The Senate passed S. 309 under unanimous consent May 20, with 82 senators — 15 more than the minimum needed — signed on as co-sponsors.

In the House, H.R. 755 has 171 co-sponsors, compared to a minimum of 290 needed.

Fourteen wings have already met the 70 percent mark, with six helping secure co-sponsorships from 100 percent of their states’ delegations – Minnesota, with 10 legislators; Maine and New Hampshire, with four each; and Delaware, North Dakota and Wyoming, each with three.

Of the eight other wings exceeding the 70 percent mark. Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and New Mexico are each one representative away from achieving 100 percent co-sponsorship. Colorado, Maryland and Oregon need two more representatives each, while Illinois lacks four.

Even though the Senate also passed similar legislation in May 2012, “we were 85 co-sponsors short of our goal in the House,” Carr noted. “As a result both bills died with the end of the 112th Congress.

“We can’t let that happen again. Please do all you can to remember and honor our CAP veterans?”

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am