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Volunteer Grants / Gift Matching Programs and Civil Air Patrol

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:27 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 3:28 PM ]

Employee Volunteer Grants

You can increase the impact of your gift to CAP through an employer matching gift program. Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees or employees’ spouses to encourage philanthropic giving! The matching gift program is great for maximizing your dollar, as many employers will match your gift dollar for dollar or even triple your gift!

Matching gifts will be allocated to the donor's designation (if requested) unless company policy requires distribution to a general fund.

To find out if your employer participates in this program, please visit the national website and enter your employer information.

Check out program information for Bank of America, Boeing, and Microsoft here on the Washington Wing webpage, and make sure to talk to your HR department to find out if they have a similar program! 

It's almost like getting paid to volunteer!

2018 Fall Conference

posted Oct 8, 2018, 2:44 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 2:51 PM ]


Join us for exciting officer and cadet workshops, fun activities, and great food! Mark your calendar for the Washington Wing Fall Conference and Banquet at the Club at McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 17, 2018! 


Brigadier General Frank S. Goodell, USAF (Ret)  

We are excited to announce that Brigadier General Frank S. Goodell, USAF (Ret) will be our guest speaker next month at Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing Fall Banquet!

Brigadier General Frank S. Goodell was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1955. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University. After 30 years of military service, he retired in 1989 as a Brigadier General and began a second career as the Director of Continuous Quality Improvement and the Acquisition Reform Leader for Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems. General Goodell now volunteers as the Scholarship Chairman for the Order of Daedalians, Cascade Flight 22 at McChord Field. 


Conference attendees! This conference does count for your Level III Professional Development requirements! Check the Schedule for details.

WAWG's Newest Spaatz Cadet

posted Sep 29, 2018, 3:07 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 3:34 PM ]

Photo courtesy C/Col Quinn
Eastern Washington's Cadet Cameron Quinn Joins Prestigious Top .5% with Promotion to Cadet Colonel

September 29, 2017

Omak, Wash. – Congratulations are in order for Cadet Colonel Cameron Quinn on receiving his General Carl A. Spaatz Award (#2208) and becoming Washington Wing's newest Spaatz cadet. He has joined the elite group of cadets of which only 0.5% of cadets enter.

C/Col Quinn started out in the Pangborn Squadron in 2013 and transferred to Northern Desert Squadron in 2015. Throughout his years in Civil Air Patrol, C/Col Quinn has served as the Cadet Commander at ESTA, Desert Eagle Flight Academy, and has been serving as the Cadet Commander at his squadron for almost a year. He has attended two National Cadet Special Activities including Cadet Officer School and Air Force Space Command-Familiarization Course. Currently, he is a student at Seattle University where he plans to double major in computer science and math. In addition, he plans to join Air Force ROTC next year and commission into the U.S. Air Force. Congratulations to Cadet Colonel Quinn!

About General Spaatz

Carl “Tooey” Spaatz was the first to serve as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with a crew that included Ira C. Eaker, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation. During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board. Civil Air Patrol / From Stripes to Diamonds / Spaatz Award - Click to learn more

Chief of Staff's Soapbox

posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:35 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 11:37 AM ]

Apparently, I'm too short to see over the lectern at Wing, so I've decided to embrace the joke!

I've created a page where I hope to expand on messages that I am asked to pass along to the Wing, in addition to sharing some of my own thoughts on concepts and ideas that I think are important.

I also host a 15-minute web-enabled training or Q&A session for any members at 1815 hrs each Wednesday, in advance of the regular 1830 staff call. Submit your request for a topic here!

Capt Jessica Jerwa, CAP
Washington Wing Chief of Staff

Wreaths Across America 2018

posted Aug 6, 2018, 12:26 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 12:34 PM ]

Civil Air Patrol Members To Honor Fallen Service Members at Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony

WAWG/Public Affairs

August 5, 2018

McChord Field -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing invite the public to sponsor remembrance wreaths for placement on the graves of veterans at Tahoma National Cemetery (Kent, Wash.) on December 15, to honor those who served the U.S. as well as current military members. Sponsors can even designate where the wreaths will be laid in the local community.

The wing’s efforts coincide with Wreaths Across America tributes occurring simultaneously across the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery, where the initiative began 23 years ago with the placement of 5,000 wreaths donated by Morrell Worcester, owner of Harrington, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Co. In 2006, Worcester and his family formed Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year-end holiday season.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America, CAP has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with evergreen wreaths to make sure the sacrifices of the nation’s soldiers are not forgotten. 

Wreaths Across America ceremonies are conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.


Locally, Washington volunteers operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessna 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 766 adult members (ages 18+) and 706 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $5.4 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the citizens of Washington in 2017. Visit for more information.

Chat with Colonel Shelly J. Norman!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:22 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 8:46 PM ]

Questions for Col. Norman? 
Book a 15-minute chat via her calendar!

FREE Experimental Aircraft Association Membership for Cadets

posted Apr 5, 2018, 8:12 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

Did you know?

CAP is partners with EAA, the 
Experimental Aircraft Association! When cadets complete their first CAP orientation flight, EAA considers them one of their “Young Eagles.” A cadet's status as a “Young Eagle” comes with zero obligations, but some great benefits, including:
  • FREE access to Sporty's Learn to Fly Course ($199 value). 
  • FREE first flight lesson* ($130 value). 
  • FREE admission to 300+ science and technology museums. 
  • FREE Academy of Model Aeronautics Student Membership 
  • FREE electronic copy of EAA Sport Aviation magazine. 
  • Access to valuable flight training awards, education scholarships, and Air Academy camperships. 
* Upon completion of the first three volumes of the Sporty's Learn to Fly Course. 


posted Mar 9, 2018, 7:48 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 7:50 AM ]

2016 YCF High School Aviation Scholarship winner Amelia Green
2016 YCF High School Aviation Scholarship winner Amelia Green

AOPA is accepting applications for three scholarship programs that will help fund flight training. Two of the scholarships help student pilots earn their private pilot certificate, and the third program helps current pilots who are working toward an advanced certificate or rating. The deadline is May 2 for all of the programs.

High School Flight Training Scholarships

Approximately 20 teens whose dream is to earn their wings will get closer to their goal thanks to AOPA’s You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship Program. 

Through the initiative, AOPA will award a minimum of $100,000 in flight training scholarships to deserving high school students who are genuinely passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate. Each winner will receive $5,000 toward primary flight training.

AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships

The AOPA Foundation will award two types of scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, to recognize and support prospective and certificated pilots of all ages pursuing their aviation goals.

Primary Certification Scholarships can be used for an initial certification, such as a Sport, Private or Recreational pilot certification.  

Advanced Rating Scholarships are designed to support outstanding pilots with career aspirations. Applicants in this category must be seeking one of the following ratings or certificates: Instrument, Commercial, CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor), CFII (Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument), or MEI (Multi-Engine – Instructor).

Applications are open NOW through May 2, 2018. 

More info about this and other scholarships and opportunities for cadets and officers can be found within the Scholarships & Organizations section of the Wing webpage, here:

Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

posted Feb 11, 2018, 11:00 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 11:01 PM ]

Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship
For the seventh consecutive year, WPC will award its annual Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to a female college student who embodies the late Congresswoman's values of leadership, commitment to public service and personal values. From the $15,000 in total scholarship funds available, recipients may use the money to pay for tuition or an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WPC will help the recipients with an internship placement with a member of Congress.  

Past scholarship winners have used the funds to do incredible things and have become a great addition to our organization. Our first scholarship recipient plays a significant role on our Young Professionals Advisory Board, and another is leading the WPC college club on the Washington State University campus. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Ballistic Missile Threat at Commander's Call

posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:03 AM by Tyler Bennett   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 4:56 PM ]

The Pacific Region Wing Commanders convened in Kauai, Hawaii this weekend for their annual commander's call. Among the multitude of items on the agenda was the new Continuous Compliance Program that is being developed in Pacific Region. Today, the commanders were joined by their new Compliance Officers to work through the second stage of the new program.

At the beginning of the meeting, a ballistic missile launch alert was received that Hawaii was the target. The region staff sprang into action and not only handled our Airmen but hundreds of civilians at the hotel. Pacific Region Vice Commander Col Tim Hahn was immediately appointed as the on-site incident commander.

Also present from the Pacific Region staff was the former Hawaii Wing Commander Col Jeff Wong, who is also a State of Hawaii Emergency Services Director. Both he and Col Hahn took control of the situation, began organizing Incident Command System (ICS) personnel, organized a shelter in place and kept hundreds of people calm during the 30 minutes until the alert was determined to be a false alarm. The actions of Col Hahn, Col Wong and the other members of the PCR team epitomize the professionalism and dedication of our entire organization.
By: Col Jon Stokes,CAP, Pacific Region Commander


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