Current News & Upcoming Activities
Senate recognizes Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol volunteers for their "unwavering dedication to our citizens"
Senate recognizes Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol volunteers for their "unwavering dedication to our citizens"
OLYMPIA… Last week the men and women of the Washington wing of the Civil Air Patrol were front and center as the Washington State Senate welcomed CAP cadets, leaders and supporters for the reading of a resolution in honor of the organization.
Sen. Jim Honeyford, a Sunnyside Republican who is a CAP member and commander of the Washington wing’s legislative squadron, said he introduced Senate Resolution 8616 to recognize the contributions of an organization that usually goes unrecognized, as it quietly and faithfully serves the people of Washington. As the resolution points out, in 2016 alone, 144 CAP volunteer aircrew personnel and 779 emergency responders flew their 14 aircraft 1,537 hours in service to our state: service that would ordinarily be valued at $4.9 million.
The resolution traces the Civil Air Patrol’s history from its inception 75 years ago this coming December, just before the United States entered World War II, through its role in providing response and relief supplies during the deadly Oso landslide in 2014.
“Whether it was helping evacuate cities and towns during natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Saint Helens or Darrington following the Oso slide, or using cutting-edge technology to help find the passengers and crews of missing planes, the Civil Air Patrol has been there, helping protect our communities and our people,” Honeyford said.
SR 8616 mentions how the CAP Washington wing's commitment to service includes three nationally recognized leaders: 2014 Chaplain of the Year, (Lt. Col.) Dave Franklin; 2015 Legislative Squadron Commander of the Year, Senator (Lt. Col.) Jim Honeyford; and 2016 Public Affairs Officer of the Year, (Capt.) Jessica Jerwa, along with approximately 744 senior members and 626 cadets.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
Since this is a digital release newsletter, the AFA was receptive and eager to re-publish nearly each of the articles from our latest Evergreen, and in full color!
From the entire Public Affairs Department, we want to thank each of the cadet and senior officer authors, and extend a HUGE thank you and congratulations to the Evergreen staff for sourcing stories, editing, and publishing our magazine! On a side note, each of our legislators will be receiving a copy of the latest Evergreen when we visit the Capitol for Legislative Day on the 13th!
Cadets! Mark your calendar for Alaska Aviation Day!
This FREE event is aimed at inspiring aviation dreams in the youth of Puget Sound communities. Aviation Day will provide the opportunity for young adults to learn in a classroom and hands on about career paths in the aviation industry and education possibilities for a successful aviation career.
Guided by Alaska Airlines and volunteers from the other sponsors, participants will be able to:
Careers ranging from aerospace engineer to professional pilot will be discussed throughout the day. Participants will be able to explore how flights are planned, scheduled and executed. Training facilities will be open and engineers will guide attendees through the construction of aircraft. Several light aircraft and pilots will also be on-site to educate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders to take us into the skies of the future.
University and local community college representatives will explain their educational opportunities to help you achieve your goals in aviation and aerospace. Come and let Alaska Airlines employees show you how our Alaska Spirit soars to the skies and the commitment of our customers is more than just a career – It is who we are. Register with your sponsored youth group for an experience you will never forget.
Washington Wing is proud to announce this as the first year that Civil Air Patrol will have both a recruitment booth and a static airplane display, in addition to our usual cadet attendance at the event!
This program is not an open house or airshow. All students and adults who wish to attend must pre register with your sponsored youth group. Restrictions on the number of adults attending with a group do exist. Talk to your sponsored youth group for registration. You can also visit our registration page for more information.
Squadron Commanders / Deputy Commanders for Cadets - If you did not receive your invitation to register as a Group Leader, please register here. Note: this link is for Group Leader registration only.
The Spring Conference schedule is now online!
The Washington Wing Spring Conference and Banquet will be held in Yakima, Washington at the Red Lion Hotel. It will include "Of the Year" Wing Awards presentations, national updates, and educational training for CAP members. Saturday night will be capped off with a banquet, guest speaker, and a Cadet Dance at the end of the evening!
Come join us for breakfast at the Capitol!
Thursday, 13 April is "Civil Air Patrol Day," our annual Legislative Day!
As a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation, Civil Air Patrol leaders assemble in Washington, D.C. each year to deliver our "Report to Congress."
Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members (*and friends) are invited to be a part of our annual "Civil Air Patrol Day" in Olympia!
Color Guard: McChord Composite Squadron
When: 0700 hrs - Member Breakfast
0800 hrs - *Reading of Senate Resolution Recognizing Civil Air Patrol
Where: Senate Rules Room - located in the Lt Governor's Office in the Legislative Building
*Non-members may attend the reading at 8:00 a.m. and observe with CAP members from the gallery!
Capitol photographers will be photographing this event. Please...
You're eligible for certain benefits as a Civil Air Patrol Member!
Check out these great programs offered by Washington Wing and National Headquarters!
#TBT and #FlashbackFriday Photo Fun!
Since merging all of the wing activity pages with the official Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol Facebook Page, many of the photos were not able to be transferred. As a result, tonight begins the series of photos from past Wing activities (Glider Orientation Flights, Emergency Services Training Academy, and Cascade Falcon Encampment) which will be posted on Thursdays and Fridays!
Click here for the first installment!
Cadet Colonel Zachary Lam
Washington Wing Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Washington Civil Air Patrol Volunteers Brief Members of Congress on Local Missions
Civil Air Patrol members from Washington state gathered in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2017, for their annual Legislative Day visit to Capitol Hill.
Washington Wing Commander Colonel James P. Furlong, NorthWest Group Commander Lieutenant Colonel Russell Garlow, Cadet Government Relations Representative Cadet Lt. Col. Jakob G. Ludwig of Fairchild Composite Squadron, and Washington Wing Assistant Public Affairs Officer Cadet Colonel Zachary Lam visited with local legislative representatives, including Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and 6th District Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), to thank them for their support and share information about Washington Wing's service to local communities.
Washington members also had an opportunity to visit various museums and memorials, while Cadet Col. Lam took a selfie with Civil Air Patrol's National Commander Major General Joseph R. Vasquez and National Assistant Social Media Adviser Cadet Lt. Col. Jodie Gawthrop, and visited The Pentagon with the Civic Leadership Academy, a National Cadet Special Activity for cadets interested in politics and careers in public service. http://www.ncsas.com/
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
For more info:
Capt. Jessica Jerwa
Washington Wing Director of Public Affairs
Attention All Aviators and Aviatrixes!
For more information, click here: http://youcanfly.aopa.org/scholarships
Other scholarship info: http://www.wawg.cap.gov/wing-staff/cadetprograms/scholarships
AOPA FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
In an effort to support outstanding student pilots, the AOPA Foundation and the You Can Fly High School Aviation Initiative will award scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, in 2017.
High School Flight Training Scholarships Program
Twenty teens will get closer to their dream of earning their wings thanks to AOPA’s You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship program. AOPA will award $100,000 in flight training scholarships to 20 current high school students who are truly passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate. The winners will each receive $5,000 toward flight training.
AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships
The AOPA Foundation supports passionate aviators and will award various scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, in 2017. The minimum age to apply for the AOPA Foundation scholarships is 16 and there is no maximum age. Applicants must hold a student pilot certificate to apply for these scholarships.
Applications open March 1, 2017!