CAP Impact

CAP Impact features a regular series of articles showcasing how individual Civil Air Patrol members make a difference inside and outside the organization.

From Cadet to State Emergency Official: ‘CAP Prepared Me for This’
Nov. 8, 2022

When President Joe Biden visited New Mexico this summer to learn about the largest wildfires in the state's history, he was briefed by a New Mexico Wing member only two years removed from his Civil Air Patrol cadet days – 1st Lt. Mark Chappell, acting director of the state’s Emergency Operations Center

When Chappell spoke before the cameras, he said later, he was fully aware millions “were watching and listening to every word I said.”

At the same time, he added, he felt “like this is exactly what CAP has been preparing me for." …

In the field






Nevada Cadet Trailblazes with Willing Hands, Tender Heart
Oct. 13, 2022

By any standard, Dana Surwill is a trailblazer.

Trailblazers take risks. They put service before self. They face criticism – like the kids say, haters gonna hate.

And they achieve while accomplishing something no one has ever done before …

Veterans supporter








Lessons Florida Officer Learned in Antarctic Cold Impress Cadets in Subtropical Tampa
Sept. 16, 2022

For the young members of the Florida Wing’s 89th MacDill Aviation Cadet Squadron, Lt. Col. David Panzera brings a valuable added dimension to Civil Air Patrol activities For the young members – including one vivid lesson from his days flying in Antarctica, a far cry in more ways than one from the squadron's Tampa location.

A CAP command pilot and former U.S. Air Force pilot with over 6,000 hours in Air Force aircraft, Panzera is the squadron’s deputy commander … 

Pilot and plane

Bennett Boosts CAP Cadets' Pilot Plans Through Advanced Flight Training Academy 
July 19, 2022

While many adults hold fast to childhood vacation memories peppered with cartoon princesses and castles, camping trips, or ballpark hotdogs, Morgan Bennett had her eyes on the skies and her head in the clouds.

“When I was little, Mom and Dad (Cindy and Ray Bennett) would always take us down to Pensacola Beach on vacation during Blue Angels week, because that’s what Dad wanted to do,” the Anniston, Alabama, native said ...
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Flight Instructor Role Allows Wisconsin Member to 'Mentor 0thers, Form Friendships, and Help Pilots' 
May 31, 2022

Maj. Karen Kalishek seemed destined to make an impact on the world from the time she turned 16 and was on her own, working full-time through high school, college, and graduate school.

Those around her through those early years couldn’t help but notice – and be affected by – her determination to make it. She did that a long time ago, and she’s still making a huge impact on associates and people she serves through Civil Air Patrol, the National Association of Flight Instructors, and her work as a flight instructor …











‘I Came for the Flying and Stayed for the People’
April 26, 2022

Every member of Civil Air Patrol does what they can to help support its missions. And as CAP’s operations have increased through the organization's role in the Air Force’s Total Force, CAP members have had to balance volunteering with their work/life/family obligations.

And perhaps no member of CAP juggles their schedule more than Col. Martha Morris, the former Arizona Wing commander who has been serving as the Southwest Region commander since August …

New role







Great Lakes Region's Hunt: 'Aways Treat People with Respect' 
March 29, 2022

Col. Rose Hunt has a two-word philosophy — along with an ethic that makes a longshoreman’s work habits look like those of a middle school boy — that has propelled her trailblazing career in business and in Civil Air Patrol.

“People First.”

“If you treat people with respect, give them the value they deserve, they’ll go forth and do great things,” Hunt said. “If you’ve made them feel important and valued, they’ll do great work. You need to help them understand the ‘Why.’ Always start with the ‘Why?’ Take care of your humans." …

Wing commander