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  • NATIONAL COMMANDER'S UPDATE – JANUARY 2015 Posted by Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez | December 30, 2014As we begin a new year, I would like to reflect on the year just completed and the year ahead. In particular, the past few months have seen some historic developments. The most important event was undoubtedly the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to CAP and its World War II members. We had all four leaders of Congress present at the ceremony, which I've been told was the first time that has happened at a Gold Medal ceremony since the 1960's. This was quite a tribute to Civil Air Patrol and demonstrates the level of support we enjoy in Congress due to the efforts of our 52 Wing ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 4:08 PM by Ray Schnell
  • Maj Gen Joe Vazquez assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol 16 August 2014 - Maj Gen Joe Vazquez assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol from Maj Gen Chuck Carr in a ceremony in Las Vegas,Nevada.  Brig Gen Larry Myrick was appointed as the new CAP Vice Commander, and Col Larry Ragland assumes the new role of CAP’s Executive Officer.A little closer to home, Col Ray Lyon is the new Middle East Region Commander on an interim basis, as the selection committee for the permanent replacement for Col Ragland gets started.Col Francis Smith said "It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for Gen Carr and Col Ragland for the last year and a half.  We’re very fortunate to have benefited from their outstanding ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 6:58 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Air Force Grades South Carolina Civil Air Patrol as “Excellent” Press Release - LANCASTER, SC- 11 AUGUST 2014 After sixteen grueling days of tests, tasks and simulated emergencies the Air Force has passed judgment on the performance of the South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol – and it is excellent.  Every two years the operational readiness of the entire wing is checked for preparedness, responsiveness and effectiveness with a graded evaluation under the auspices of the United States Air Force.  For the first time members and aircraft from CAP’s North Carolina Wing were also involved and played a critical role in a multistate scenario. This year the simulation was built around a hypothetical extreme drought in the Carolinas.  The teams were measured on their response to both scheduled and ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 6:37 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Hurricane Arthur hits Coast of North Carolina: PRESS RELEASE Dateline: Columbia, SC, 4 July, 2014While many Americans around the country were celebrating the 238th birthday of the United States of America, Cape Lookout and Beaufort, NC were being pummeled by a Category 2 hurricane, named Arthur.  This hurricane had maximum winds of 100 mph.  The Middle East Region of the Civil Air Patrol alerted multiple Wings in the area to have aircrews on standby.  Immediately, the SC Wing had a GPS FEMA friendly camera moved to the Marion Airport, and an aircrew assembled, which consisted of Hartsell Rodgers, Jim Drew and Leslie Crawford, of the Marion Senior Squadron.  They were directed to conduct an Aerial Photography/Impact Assessment mission for FEMA via the NC Wing and the ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 11:58 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Emergency Hurricane Preparedness Exercise Statewide Update Dateline: 5/6/14 - Columbia, SC:  Hurricane season is here again, and the SC Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (SCWG CAP), is ready, willing and able to do all they can for the citizens of South Carolina.    During the week of June 1st to June 7th, 2014, the SC Wing flew its aircraft in excess of 60 hours in support, during the annual state-wide hurricane exercise.  These flights included both announced, and unannounced, missions created to stretch the limits of CAP and other state agencies to see how well they can work under extreme pressure and circumstances.     CAP personnel worked alongside the SC Air National Guard (SCANG) and others at the State Emergency Operations Center to ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2014, 8:50 PM by Ray Schnell
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