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Great weekend!!Cadet Noncommissioned Officer School (South) was a success! 52 new NCO student graduates completed this weekend of training, with the support of 20 cadet cadre and 12 senior members. Thank you to Lt. Col. Mark Williams, commandant, and C/Capt. Sarah Wiggins, cadet commander. Congratulations and great work by all! Keep an eye out for the next ILP school.

#CAP #civilairpatrol #civilairpatrolcadet #cadet #capferlyfe #ncos #cawg #nco #leadership #drill
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Great weekend!!

#ThankAVolunteerThe opportunity to fly is a major attraction Civil Air Patrol offers youth. Locally, thousands of cadets participate in glider and powered orientation flight programs annually. As cadets progress they can also attend local and national flight academies where they learn and train to become pilots, exploring and mastering powered airplane and glider flying. This allows many cadets to solo and put them on a path to earn a Federal Aviation Administration private pilot’s certificate and beyond….some will actually get their pilot’s certificate before they even get their driver’s licenses. Thanks to the volunteer CAP instructor pilots that teach CAP cadets how to fly. #NationalVolunteerWeek #flighttraining ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

#ThankAVolunteer

A little delayed, but here is a picture of our other team - InvictaCongratulations to Team Invicta of the Civil Air Patrol Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 from Fullerton, CA on making it all the way to #CPXFinals! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

A little delayed, but here is a picture of our other team - Invicta

One more week ... good luck!!!Congratulations to Civil Air Patrol's Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 team Imperium from Garden Grove, CA! #CPXFinals ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

One more week ... good luck!!!

Graduated from an Encampment and interested in applying to serve on the CTG Cadre? Applications will open 1 APRIL, more information can be found by following the link in our profile! #capferlyfe #cawgencampment2018 #campsanluisobispo #goflycap ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

For those of you not good a playing the game “I Spy” ... “I spy with my little eye a captain wearing a red cord.” ... that’s out cadet commander C/Capt S. Wiggins. #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air PatrolThis week, 24 of Civil Air Patrol’s top cadets are attending the Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. These cadets will also accompany delegations from their wings to call on senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. During their time in D.C., they will explore various careers in public service.

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For those of you not good a playing the game “I Spy” ... “I spy with my little eye  a captain wearing a red cord.”  ... that’s out cadet commander C/Capt S. Wiggins.   #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol

New logo ... read about it here!In celebration of Civil Air Patrol’s 70th year as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP has authorized a new logo to be used throughout 2018. Created by Maj. Erik Koglin of the Tennessee Wing, the logo made its official debut today following CAP’s Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. CAP National Historian Col. Frank Blazich said the logo’s basic design stands in homage to the shoulder patch in use by CAP members in 1948 when the organization became the official volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. The logo features silhouettes of a Cessna 182 and USAF F-35 Lightning II representing the 70-year partnership. www.cap.news/cap-marking-70th-year-as-us-air-force-anniversary/ ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

New logo ... read about it here!

Follow their page .. be the first to know when registration opens. #Encampment2018Attention Cadets and Senior Members! Encampment is scheduled 30 June – 7 July 2018 at Camp San Luis Obispo. Make sure you are following @cawgencampment on Instagram, Facebook and www.cawgcadets.org for the latest information regarding instructions for the upcoming registration. #cawgencampment2018 #goflycap #capferlyfe #civilairpatrol ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Follow their page .. be the first to know when registration opens.  #Encampment2018

Congratulations are in order for our cadets. Both of our CyberPatriot teams are competition finalists and heading to the National Competition in Maryland! Below is part of the official email announcement and information about the competition.
#South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #California Wing Cadet Programs

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Three CAP teams have earned a slot at the national finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot X competition to be held 16-18 April at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

Two teams from the Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, PCR-CA-295, have earned the two CAP slots in the All Service Division.
The two coaches are 2Lt Juan Ordaz and 1Lt Brian Vu. We are awaiting info on their team members to be able to share in a CAP News story and on social media. But, two teams from the same squadron leading the way for CAP is amazing! Congratulations!

Working through four grueling rounds of online competition since October, 12 Open Division (non Service related) teams, 13 All Service Division teams, and 3 Middle School Division teams have earned an all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore where they will battle it out for the title of National Champion in their division. The Cisco networking challenges were a bit more difficult this year, but is to be expected as the level of youth expertise increases, which is quite a positive turn for the future security of our nation.

The CyberPatriot X competition had a total of 5.584 teams when registration closed 4 October, 2017. 1,717 teams were All Service Teams, with 488 of those being CAP high school teams. CAP also had 142 Middle School Division teams for a total of 630 CAP teams.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program provided by the Air Force Association. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly-hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​

~ Susan Mallett
Youth Development and AFA Programs Coordinator
National HQ, Civil Air Patrol
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2 months ago

Congratulations are in order for our cadets.   Both of our CyberPatriot teams are competition finalists and heading to the National Competition in Maryland!  Below is part of the official email announcement and information about the competition.
  #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #California Wing Cadet Programs

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Three CAP teams have earned a slot at the national finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot X competition to be held 16-18 April at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.
 
Two teams from the Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, PCR-CA-295, have earned the two CAP slots in the All Service Division.  
The two coaches are 2Lt Juan Ordaz and 1Lt Brian Vu. We are awaiting info on their team members to be able to share in a CAP News story and on social media. But, two teams from the same squadron leading the way for CAP is amazing! Congratulations!
 
Working through four grueling rounds of online competition since October, 12 Open Division (non Service related) teams, 13 All Service Division teams, and 3 Middle School Division teams have earned an all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore where they will battle it out for the title of National Champion in their division. The Cisco networking challenges were a bit more difficult this year, but is to be expected as the level of youth expertise increases, which is quite a positive turn for the future security of our nation. 
 
The CyberPatriot X competition had a total of 5.584 teams when registration closed 4 October, 2017.  1,717 teams were All Service Teams, with 488 of those being CAP high school teams. CAP also had 142 Middle School Division teams for a total of 630 CAP teams. 
 
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program provided by the Air Force Association. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly-hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​
 
~ Susan Mallett
Youth Development and AFA Programs Coordinator
National HQ, Civil Air Patrol 
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Civil Air Patrol celebrates 74 years of volunteer service

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service.

“What a year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer.

“Last December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” he said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”

CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s “sub chasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s air space and helping train U.S. military troops for service overseas.

CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions.

The 74th anniversary observance includes an annual “CAP Sunday” activity in which chaplains, character development officers and other members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their place of worship. The activity is scheduled for the upcoming weekend, Dec. 4-6.

Civil Air Patrol, as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Total Force role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.
Performing missions for America for the past 74 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

CAP contact:
Julie DeBardelaben – jdebardelaben@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 250; 334-549-2224
Steve Cox – scox@capnhq.gov – 334-953-7748, ext. 251; 334-296-5881

Encampment – What a great experience!

Summer time for many pre-teens and teenagers consists of skateboards, playing the latest video game on the hottest gaming system and sleeping in. However in our circle, Civil Air Patrol – California Wing, summer means Encampment.

Encampment is a long tradition in California. The Cadet Training Group (CTG) was founded in 1975 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and has graduated almost 10,000 cadets, many of which come back for years to serve as cadet and senior staff members. Several of these cadets have gone on to hold successful careers as respected leaders in the military, business and aviation.

This year, July 1 – July 8, Squadron 56 had 17 members attend Encampment during the 40th Anniversary of the CTG. Of those 17 members, seven served on Cadre and Support Staff, including C/Maj. Lydia Philip (CTG Superintendent), C/2nd Lt. Mitch Ryder (Flight Commander) and C/SMSgt Alex Cortez (Mess Staff), Squadron Commander 1st Lt. Doug Miller (Mess Officer), Capt. Paula Shope (Admin. Officer), Capt. Jeff Goeggel (Encampment PAO), and 2nd Lt. Jet Miller (Asst. POA/Photographer).

The cadets, as well as their staff members, learned and applied the meaning of followership, leadership, teamwork and mentoring through a series of classroom presentations, hands-on activities and drill. It was a great experience our squadron members will never forget.

If you have the opportunity, ask them about their time at Encampment, but be ready to hear non-stop enthusiasm from each and every one of them. We hope to see you at next year’s Encampment!