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Congratulations to our very own Spaatz cadet, now senior member Capt Lydia Philip on her graduation from CSU Fullerton!!! ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

Congratulations to our very own Spaatz cadet, now senior member Capt Lydia Philip on her graduation from CSU Fullerton!!!

 

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Congratulations!!

Cadets ... interested in Comms? Want to know more about ICUT? Attend tonight’s meeting a Group HQ and learn more. All are welcome!Tonight (17 May) is the Joint Group 7 Emergency Services Training for all Group 7 squadrons! The topic of the training is CAP Communications. If you're working on MRO/CUL/ICUT plan on attending tonight's meeting. Location is Group 7 HQ at 3976 Constitution Ave at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Meeting begins at 1930 (7:30pm). Remember to bring a valid driver's license to enter the base and the speed limit is strictly enforced! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Cadets ... interested in Comms?  Want to know more about ICUT?  Attend tonight’s meeting a Group HQ and learn more.  All are welcome!

 

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Thank you to all who attended this training-and special thanks to Lt. Col. William Phinizy and Maj. John Frerichs for leading this training!

Sq56 has added two more Pacific Region Staff College graduates to our ranks. Congratulations Capt. R Benson and Capt. S.Benson on your hard work. #Civil Air Patrol #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Sq56 has added two more Pacific Region Staff College graduates to our ranks.   Congratulations Capt. R Benson and Capt. S.Benson on your hard work.   #Civil Air Patrol #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air PatrolImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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Congratulations to both of you! I always wanted to go but could never line up the days off with the available money at the same time.

Congratulations to the both of you for attaining this landmark accomplishment in your CAP career!!!!

Congratulations! (PCRSC Class of 2009.)

Congrats

Think aviation is only about airplanes? Well now it might be about trains too ...

CNET
This flying train actually makes a lot of sense.
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Both Captains Benson got a break in their #CivilAirPatrol training today and took a field trip to #NellisAFB where they got a tour of the #U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. TSgt Knapp is Crew Chief 6 and coincidentally a former CAP Cadet. #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol #CAP Cadet Programs ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our lovely CAP moms! We couldn’t do what we do without you! #civilairpatrol #mothersday #love #capcadet #mom ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Even Senior Members attend classes and promote. Captains Benson are spending their week at #CivilAirPatrol Pacific Region Staff College learning advanced leadership concepts, how to better use social media and communications to build a stronger program at the Squadron and Group level. #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol ... See MoreSee Less

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Even Senior Members attend classes and promote.  Captains Benson are spending their week at #CivilAirPatrol Pacific Region Staff College learning advanced leadership concepts, how to better use social media and communications to build a stronger program at the Squadron and Group level.   #South Coast Group 7, Civil Air Patrol

Any teacher friends out there interested? This program is nationwide, not just through SoCalEducators: Did you know that you can join Civil Air Patrol as an Aerospace Education Member? This unique membership category is designed for educators or others involved in promoting aerospace education in classrooms, museums, or other youth organizations. There is a one time fee of $35.00 to become an Aerospace Education Member, after that you can can renew yearly for FREE! (Yes, it's true!)

Here are some of the benefits:

*Over 30 FREE national academic standards-based aerospace education materials to promote STEM subjects and careers
**Participation in FREE AE Excellence (AEX) Award Program, wherein educators incorporate aerospace education into their curricula and earn a free teacher plaque and student certificates
*Eligibility to apply for $250 grants for aerospace project and program integration to invigorate the classroom
*Access to myriad online Aerospace/STEM Education activity and career resources
**Free K-6 Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) Program
*Free Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flights in CAP aircraft
*The option of earning Adams State College graduate credit for participation in the AEX program

If sounds interesting to you, send us a message through our Facebook page and we will send you more information!

#stem #civilairpatrol #aerospaceeducation #science #technology #engineering #math #mathematics

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2 weeks ago

Any teacher friends out there interested?  This program is nationwide, not just through SoCal

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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1 month ago

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

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#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

1 month 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

2 months ago

One more week ... good luck!!!

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!