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Fall 2019 Volunteer Posted for Online Viewing

The fall 2019 issue of CAP’s biannual magazine, Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, is now available online

Along with 20 articles, the e-edition includes three short- to medium-length videos as well as an audio file. The videos can be viewed on pages 1, 19, 50 and 62 by clicking the gray arrow button on each page.

The first video, on page 1, was created by Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, CAP’s national vice commander, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. The Volunteer cover photo mirrors the video, which shows CAP’s “Berets” presenting the colors for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ flyover at the air show.

On page 19, a Vermont Public Radio audio features an interview with Col. Anne Brechbuhl, the new commander of CAP’s Vermont Wing. Brechbuhl is one of an increasing number of women in CAP’s senior leadership circles; they’re featured in a story that begins on page 18.

The second video, on page 50, comes from an Oklahoma TV station that chronicled a CAP squadron’s work to restore a vintage warbird, “That’s All – Brother,” which returned to the skies over Normandy for the 75th anniversary celebration of the Allied invasion of Europe.

And the final video, on page 62, looks at CAP’s TOP Flight program, which gives educators orientation flights in CAP planes. The number of these teacher flights is on the rise, as described in a story that begins on page 60.

The issue also features centerpiece stories and photos from CAP’s 2019 National Conference in Baltimore, which includes remarks from former CAP cadet turned Air Force Gen. Cedric D. George, who encouraged CAP members to help grow the next generation of aerospace and cyber leaders. Coverage also includes the Board of Governors’ extension of Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s term of service as national commander/CEO, as well as features about CAP’s Walk to Mars initiative.

Other highlights of this issue include:

  • Remarks from Smith about CAP’s yearlong celebration of partnerships, and how these old and new relationships have extended the organization’s reach nationwide.
  • An in-depth look at CAP’s Surrogate RPA program, which recently marked its 10th year of operation. 
  • A profile of CAP’s four flight school graduates who received their private pilot certificates this summer through an in-residence program at Purdue University.
  • A look at CAP’s historic damage assessment mission in the Bahamas in September in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
  • A look at the Mid-Atlantic Region Honor Guard Academy, where cadets train with alongside U.S. Air Force airmen.
  • An update on one CAP member’s memorial scholarship and how it will help cadets learn to fly.