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Last night was #CharacterDevelopment. We spoke about #Patience and how it can affect your attitudes. As part of the lesson we had a teamwork challenge. The groups had to balance 11 nails on top of a single nail. ... See MoreSee Less

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Register Now for Fall Cisco Networking Academy Cohort

As part of CAP’s on-going partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, a fall cohort will soon be open for CAP members to register. The cohort will run 1 October through 31 December 2021.

With the kick off of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday September 15th, it is important to note that this fall, all CAP NetAcad courses will be offered in Spanish! Sara Shreve, Cisco Business Development Manager, commented, “After participating in the 2021 CAP National Conference and joining the Recruiting for Diversity session, it was clear to me that NetAcad could help CAP become more inclusive by offering courses in different languages. We are starting off with Spanish and are extremely excited to launch this effort as cybersecurity training is important no matter what language you speak!” CAP is dedicated to supporting all members through including all cultures and languages as much as possible. Lt. Col. Juan Rodriguez, CAP’s National Diversity Officer, commented, “We are very excited about this development which will have a positive impact on our Spanish speaking members across the nation. I am grateful to Cisco for providing this opportunity. ”

Over six different course options are available including Introduction to Cybersecurity, Linux, Introduction to Cisco’s Packet Tracer, and more. Since January 2021, over 2,900 members have enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy courses so far. All members are also encouraged to work through the material together and complete the quizzes individually to receive completion credit and a digital badge. Visit cyber.cap.gov for more information!

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Our auxiliary airmen continue to do extraordinary things and shape futures. Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Sian Proctor, who was inspired to fly as a CAP cadet, is on the launch pad ready to orbit the Earth on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. We look forward to hearing about her journey when she returns to the planet. Read more at www.cap.news/next-stop-space-for-ariz-wings-proctor/. #Inspiration4 ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s always great to find a friend when you go off to college. CAP cadets make lifetime bonds and friendships.

Former Sq56 Cadets Hayase, Kim and Woolfenden at #USAFA #FamilyDay

#TheBestLeadTheRest we are just missing Ryder and Cortez from this weekend’s activities.

What Sq56 cadet is next to enter USAFA???
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It’s always great to find a friend when you go off to college.  CAP cadets make lifetime bonds and friendships.  

Former Sq56 Cadets Hayase, Kim and Woolfenden at #USAFA #FamilyDay

#TheBestLeadTheRest we are just missing Ryder and Cortez from this weekend’s activities.  

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Yeah! Sq56!

Don’t forget past cadets!!

Have you registered to attend as staff? If not, see your CAWG email for the registration link.Our 2021 #PacificAirshow lineup is FINALLY here! See you on the beach October 1-3, 2021. ✈️
Tickets available now at: bit.ly/3jwNEzp
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Have you registered to attend as staff?   If not, see your CAWG email for the registration link.

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Do they send any kind of confirmation? Riley registered a while ago but we haven't heard anything back.


Did you know we get free access to this event and to see some amazing aircraft and acrobatics? Sq56 will be partnering with other Group 7 squadrons to work the event and host a booth. Mark you calendars!!Who’s ready for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels this October?! ✈️🇺🇸

Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the Blue Angels will take to the skies in #HuntingtonBeach in their new F/A-18 Super Hornets, a transition from the legacy F/A-18 Hornets.

Watch this incredible team perform with a seat on the Pier, on the sand, or in a private cabana on the beach. Get your Airshow tickets today: bit.ly/3rH3WYT
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Did you know we get free access to this event and to see some amazing aircraft and acrobatics?    Sq56 will be partnering with other Group 7 squadrons to work the event and host a booth.   Mark you calendars!!

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As a cadet, I worked the opening of the new terminal at the Orange County Airport (now John Wayne) in 1966. The Blue Angels were also there, on the airport. Traffic stopped on the 405 during the show and not by the CHP.

Please contact us if you need volunteers ☺️

One of many National Summertime Special Activities for cadets … will you be attending next year??? ... See MoreSee Less

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Get ready for the first airshow in SoCal in over a year …. The Great Pacific Airshow is a go this year. CAP will be there all weekend, including Sq56. Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements and mark your calendars!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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I was introduced to another B-25 pilot at a Pacific Region Conference at the Biltmore Hotel, maybe the most famous one - General Jimmy Doolittle. I was TDY to Vandenberg AFB, part of the maintenance crew from Malmstrom AFB, having launched our first Minuteman Missile from Montana and awaiting for the Launch Facility to be refurbished so we could emplacement our second missile.

Congratulations to Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, Civil Air Patrol for receiving the Squadron of Merit award. Only one squadron of each type (composite, senior, and cadet) in the entire Wing receives this award per year.

South Coast Group 7 Commander Lt. Col. Stanley Clark (R) presented the Squadron of Merit award to former Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 Commander Maj. Doug Miller (L) during the South Coast Group 7 Remobilization Celebration held on July 17, 2021.
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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!