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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

Veterans’ sacrifices ‘must not go unnoticed,’ national commander urges in Memorial Day message

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Join me this Memorial Day in remembering the millions of courageous men and women of the U.S. armed forces who have served, fought and died in defense of America, both in wars and other military service.

This holiday is especially meaningful to Civil Air Patrol because of our proud history of service to America during World War II. As members, many of you know the story well: that the original members of CAP are among the heroes we honor on every Memorial Day. Inspired by the highest sense of patriotism and pride, these volunteer aviators valiantly defended their homeland during the early days of World War II by acting as “subchasers” along America’s shores. In all, 64 members of these brave aircrews died and 26 were lost at sea. Their legacy of selfless service to our country led to Public Law 557, which made CAP the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force soon after the war ended.

Civil Air Patrol is very proud of this legacy and equally proud of our partnership with the U.S. Air Force. Whatever the need and whenever the call, CAP members are always vigilant in their service to America. It is a commitment we celebrate on this Memorial Day as we pause to remember our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The sacrifices of CAP’s fallen, and those of hundreds of thousands of others who have died for our great nation, must not go unnoticed. Many of you have U.S. combat veterans in your units who fought and served courageously alongside these brave men and women both at home and abroad. They know well the importance of their sacrifice – that because of it we enjoy so many freedoms today.

So, on this Memorial Day, don’t forget these men and women, for they have given so much.

Semper Vigilans!

Major General, CAP

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill passes Senate

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – A bill to honor Civil Air Patrol’s World War II members with a Congressional Gold Medal has passed the Senate after gaining the necessary co-sponsors needed for consideration.

S. 309, passed under unanimous consent Monday night, recognizes CAP members’ contributions during wartime, including using their own aircraft to conduct combat operations and other emergency missions under hazardous conditions.

Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander, credited members’ and other supporters’ hard work and expressed his thanks not only to leaders throughout the organization but also to the 82 Senators — 15 more than the minimum needed — who have signed on as co-sponsors for S. 309.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who introduced the bill, said that “as the long-standing commander of CAP’s Congressional Squadron in Washington, D.C., I have long recognized the contributions of CAP to our nation, particularly in its time of greatest peril during World War II.  That is why I sponsored the Congressional Gold Medal bill in the Senate.”

“I want to publically thank my colleagues in the Senate who joined me as supporters of this legislation as co-sponsors of S. 309,” Harkin said.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Civil Air Patrol Receives Grant for Pilot Training

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1st Lt Ron Mutchler
Des Moines Senior Squadron

DMSS_GrantReceiptDES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Senior Squadron, a unit of the Iowa Wing, Civil Air Patrol, was recently awarded a $2500 grant from Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Program.

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force and provides area Emergency Services agencies with aerial and ground search and rescue support for downed aircraft, missing persons, and disaster assessments, to list a few. The organization also provides aerospace education and character development programs for area cadet members ages 12-21.

Prairie Meadows Community Grant Program is affiliated with Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino, and Hotel which provides gaming opportunities for Iowa residents at their facilities in Altoona, Iowa.

The Des Moines Senior Squadron will be using the grant funds to provide pilot proficiency training in aerial search and rescue as well as provide flight time for air crew personnel. The squadron currently has 8 active pilots in its membership along with 10 support members for air and ground operations. The squadron predominately serves the areas of central and western Iowa from our home base at the Ankeny Regional Airport. For more information about the Des Moines Senior Squadron and the Civil Air Patrol, contact 1Lt Ron Mutchler at (515)783-7056.

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

Etter takes reins of 1st Air Force

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Office of Public Affairs
Continental United States NORAD Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern)
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

FLORIDA – In a ceremony filled with traditions older than the U.S. Air Force itself, command of Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) changed Thursday afternoon in front of a formation of armen and guests at Tyndall Air Force Base.

During the ceremony, officiated by Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, Lt. Gen. William Etter assumed command from Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III. Clarke, who had commanded 1st Air Force since August 2011, is moving on to become director of the Air National Guard in Washington, D.C.

As 1st Air Force commander, Etter succeeds Clarke as a member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors.

“Lt. Gen. Etter arrives at this command with a robust level of experience and he gets things done,” Clarke said in parting remarks. “I can’t think of a better officer to replace me here at CONR-1st Air Force.”

During the ceremony Clarke was presented the Distinguished Service Medal.

Etter comes to Tyndall from the Pentagon, where he was the assistant to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, for National Guard matters.

“This organization has three missions, three names, and I will wear nine hats as the commander,” Etter said. “But this command is not one person; it is a team of active, Guard, Reserve, Canadian Forces and interagency partners, and I am looking forward to working with all of you.”

Etter also said he looks forward to continuing the strong bonds forged by Clarke between the CONR/AFNORTH and Tyndall families.

As the Joint Force Air Component commander for NORAD and USNORTHCOM, the 1st Air Force commander is directly responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting full-spectrum Air Force air and space operations in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as over the maritime approaches to the U.S. The organization is also responsible for providing Defense Support of Civil Authorities as the air component to USNORTHCOM.

In addition, the 601st Air & Space Operations Center – which plans, directs and assesses air and space operations for NORAD and USNORTHCOM – falls under the 1st Air Force commander’s direction.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

March 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm