NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – The July-September issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, CAP's quarterly magazine, is now available online, as is National Headquarters’ latest quarterly Open Cockpit report, rounding up news from the organizaton's different directorates and some of the directions the organization is heading .
Along with developments regarding CAP’s core missions – emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education – Open Cockpit also covers such aspects of the organization’s operations as government relations, logistics, public affairs and professional development for members.
In the new Volunteer – presented in the innovative digital format powered by Imirus software, designed to enhance readers’ access through such features as easy navigation and flip-through pages – the cadet program, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, takes center stage, with a cover photo of a World War II-era Florida Wing cadet who reminisces about her days in the Florida Wing, an article chronicling the experiences of other early cadets, and a look at successful professionals in various walks of life who credit their cadet experiences with helping lay the foundations for their careers.
Other highlights of the issue include:
- A roundup of high-profile CAP homeland security missions.
- A look at some of the approaches taken by top drug demand reduction officers.
- Coverage of the U.S. Senate’s approval of a proposed Congressional Gold Medal honoring CAP’s service during World War II.
- Summaries of the legacies of two prominent members who recently passed away -- Brig. Gen. Paul Bergman, national commander from August 1996-March 1998, and Col. Evelyn Bryan Johnson, a member for more than 62 years and the most prolific female aviator in history.
- A New Mexico Wing aircrew’s use of CAP’s ARCHER technology to carry out finds in different states during the same flight.
- A North Carolina family that’s produced not one, not two, but three recipients of CAP’s top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award.
- A Texas Wing pilot’s account of her successful efforts to land her CAP plane, which had lost power, in a city street without causing any injuries or significant damage.
- Interviews with staff at Hawk Mountain Ranger School, one of CAP’s premier national cadet special activities.
- An overview of the organization’s Air Force-sponsored summer activities for cadets.
- An examination of the South Dakota Wing’s role in a U.S. Department of Energy-led study of wind-generated turbines’ effects on a ground radar station in Minnesota’s southwest corner.
- The organization’s CAP Cares program, which provides financial assistance to members in need, and the difference it’s made for a New Hampshire Wing staff member stricken by serious illness.
- Some of the most significant scholastic success stories associated with CAP’s Aerospace Connections in Education program.