Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’


Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted, regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty.

With this newest change, Air Force leaders should consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.

“As a strategic partner, these unpaid professionals have boldly served our nation saving the Air Force almost 40 times the cost of using military assets for each hour served,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Inclusion in the total force reflects the continuing key contributions of this highly trained and equipped organization.”

The auxiliary members, who fly the nearly 100,000 hours per year performing disaster relief, counterdrug, search and rescue, fighter interceptor training, aerial observation and cadet orientation flights, will now be included in the total force and referred to as Airmen during the performance of official duties in recognition of their contributions to the Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, and remain continually postured to offer more.”

Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.

“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”

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CAP part of U.S. Air Force Total Force


CAP added to Air Force Total Force

August 28, 2015

Civil Air Patrol is officially a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Total Force, Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, announced today.

The all-volunteer Air Force auxiliary joins the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees, in the Total Force.

see Gen Vazquez video announcement at
CAP added to Air Force Total Force

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Background Checks/Clearances required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for all Volunteers working with minors

PA Act 153, signed by Governor Corbett on October 22, 2015, adds required ‘clearances’ for volunteers in child-serving organizations.

The Wing Commander asks all members of Pennsylvania Wing age 18 and older to obtain their required clearances by 31 DEC 2015.

Here is a link to PA Department of Human Services information entitled, "Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions" regarding these clearances:

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UPDATE: Cadet Training Schools - New Dates Sunday June 21 - Sunday June 28


Due to a situation beyond our control with space available at Fort Indiantown Gap, the dates for the Cadet Training Schools for 2015 have had to shift by one day.

The new dates are:
SUNDAY, JUNE 21st through SUNDAY, June 28th
Graduation will occur on Sunday, June 28th. Time TBA.


Student arrival will be Sunday, June 21 between 1100 - 1500. Each school has a specific arrival time within that window. Only our Staff members are authorized to arrive Saturday, June 20 due to limited overnight lodging availability. Specifics are available on our website which has new reporting instructions:

POTENTIAL CONCERNS: Cadets who are affected by the date change related to the new arrival or departure date should contact us ASAP so we can discuss arrangements to best accommodate the request. We also understand that this change may present challenges for Units and families to transport cadets to/from our schools. Of particular concern is Sunday June 21st as this is Father's Day and is the new arrival day. Commanders have received a special email detailing information and potential for arrangements to help with transportation. If there are any concerns about transportation please contact your Squadron Commander ASAP to discuss new arrangements.

For more details visit:

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2015 Joint NER & PA Wing Conference


2015 Civil Air Patrol 

Northeast Region & Pennsylvania Wing 
Joint Conference & Awards Banquet
Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17, 2015 
Gettysburg, PA

Register here

Highlights of the Conference Events:

Pre-conference Training - IG & AE - Thu-Fri (off-site)

Pre- and Post-conference Guided Battlefield Bus Tours

Conference Events (Saturday):

  • General Assembly: National, Region, and Wing Commander kick off the conference; briefings; and member awards
  • National and Regional level training and sessions
  • Special Program for Cadets, including special guest, Col Mary Feik
  • Region and Wing Awards & Recognition Banquet
  • Change of Command - PA Wing Commander
Distinguished Guests:
  • Maj Gen Joseph Vazquez, CAP National Commander
  • Brig Gen Larry Myrick, CAP National Vice Commander
  • Mr Don Rowland, NHQ, Chief Operating Officer/COO
  • Col Dan Leclair, NER Commander
  • Col Mary Feik
  • National and Regional staff specialists
  • Vanguard - The CAP Store


1 March 2015 - Registration opens

15 April 2015 - Hotel Reservations CLOSE

15 April 2015 - Battlefield Bus Tours Registration CLOSE


1 May 2015 - IG and AE courses Registration CLOSE

1 May 2015 - Conference and Banquet Registration CLOSE

6 May 2015 - Checks must be received at PAWG HQ


14-15 May 2015 IG and AE Courses - off-site

15 May 2015 - Pre-Conference Event/Battlefield Bus Tour 1 - 10-noon


15 May 2015 - Conference Check-in BEGINS 5:30 PM

15-16 May 2015 - Joint NER/PAWG Conference and Awards Banquet

16 May 2015 - Conference ENDS following Banquet ~10 PM


17 May 2015 - Commanders' Calls: NER - 8-10 and PAWG - 10-noon

17 May 2015 - Post-Conference Event/Battlefield Bus Tour 2 - 10-noon




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2015 Cadet Training Schools Cadre Announced


The Cadet Training Schools (CTS) Command Staff has selected the 2015 Cadet Cadre.  To see the official roster, please visit the CTS Home Page:
Commander, PAWG Cadet Training Schools

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2015 Winter Cadet Training Schools


On behalf of the Pennsylvania Wing Cadet Training Schools (CTS) staff, I'd like to announce that we have opened the registration period for our CTS Winter Schools. We are offering the schools in three (3) separate locations in Pennsylvania (East, Central and West) in March and April. Please encourage your cadets to apply. Full details and registration instructions are available on our website:

There are three (3) schools offered:

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Pennsylvania CAP members honored with Region and National Awards!


The 2014 Joint CTWG/NER Conference was held this weekend in Windsor Locks, CT.
Our Regionally acclaimed, award winning Pennsylvania CAP members were honored and presented with the following Northeast Region Of The Year Awards!
Lt Col Bill Geyer - Northeast Region CD Officer of the Year (Lt Col Geyer also earned the National CD/Homeland Security Officer of the Year award!)
Maj Michael Swavely – Northeast Region Professional Development Officer of the Year
Lt Cynthia Gironda – Northeast Region Public Affairs Officer of the Year

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