Cass, Former National Commander, Blue Beret Founder, Passes at 87

Brig. Gen. William B. Cass, who served as Civil Air Patrol national commander from August 1984-March  1986 and two terms as Iowa Wing commander and also founded what has evolved into the National Blue Beret special cadet activity, died May 13. He was 87.Before...

Q&A: New Pilots Discuss Cadet Wings

Cadets from the Illinois, Minnesota and New Jersey wings have gained their private pilot certificates through the Civil Air Patrol Youth Aviation Initiative’s Cadet Wings program, bringing the total number of new cadet pilots completing the program to 152.Cadet...

CAP-Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Pact Yields Education Focus

Civil Air Patrol and Tuskegee Airmen Inc. have announced a new partnership to share CAP’s educational resources in helping chronicle the Tuskegee Airmen’s prominent place in history.“We’re excited. Our folks are ready,” said Jerry “Hawk” Burton, national president for...

Celestial Bodies: CAP Astronauts from the Past to the Future

From NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts to the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission and beyond, a thread woven through Civil Air Patrol history parallels the progress of America’s space program. Several CAP cadets went on to fulfill their dreams of spaceflight, and many...

Cadet Earns ‘Wings’ with Ray Foundation Support

When Cadet 1st Lt. Mason Rowe of the Kentucky Wing’s Owensboro Composite Squadron earned his private pilot certificate through Civil Air Patrol March 24 – his 17th birthday – he became the first cadet to do so with an official mentor. In 2019, the U.S. Air Force...

Virginia Member Honored for Valor in Burning Vehicle Rescue

Capt. David G. Disselkamp of Virginia Wing’s Southside Composite Squadron. has been honored with Civil Air Patrol’s Silver Medal of Valor for his actions in removing an elderly man from an overturned vehicle in flames on a highway off-ramp in June...

Vietnam Veterans Chapter Increases Scholarship Endowment

The Civil Air Patrol Foundation and Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America have expanded their partnership nearly tenfold. After donating $12,500 to CAP for scholarships in 2020, this month the chapter endowed the scholarships for $90,000.“Civil Air...

Texas Wing Member Seizes ‘Tremendous Opportunities to Serve’

For National Volunteer Week, we salute Lt. Col. James D. Peace, a Texas Wing squadron commander who also serves as Civil Air Patrol’s National Cadet Special Activities coordinator and teaches at a Houston middle school where he fills a number of roles.Volunteer...