CAP’s Command Council to hold first meeting in Washington
Commanders set to highlight organization’s accomplishments on Hill
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council, created under the organization’s new governance structure, will meet for the first time this week as members from throughout the nation gather in Washington, D.C., to brief congressional members on how CAP’s primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs make a big difference in their communities.
The Command Council is scheduled to meet Friday and Saturday. Formerly the CAP National Board, it consists of the national commander, national vice commander, chief of staff, the eight region commanders and the 52 wing commanders, representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its members serve as advisors to the national commander. The chief operating officer and CAP-U.S. Air Force commander serve as advisors to the CAP Command Council.
The council’s agenda features presentations Friday by Air Force Maj. Gen. James J. Jones, the Air Force’s director of operations and by retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot defense competition commissioner.
Also on the agenda are reports on such topics as finance, safety, aircraft, operations, CAP’s development program, media relations, Wreaths Across America, the inspector general’s program, the organization’s 2013-2014 Strategic Plan and government relations, as well as a summary of CAP’s governance changes, which were fully implemented Dec. 31.
The meeting begins a day after CAP’s annual Legislative Day on Thursday, when adult officers and cadets converge on Capitol Hill to highlight the organization’s missions and accomplishments. During 2012, CAP members:
- Contributed $155 million in volunteer hours to support federal, state and local agencies.
- Completed 703 search and rescue missions resulting in 32 lives saved.
- Generated more than 158,000 aerial photographs documenting Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Atlantic coastline, on infrastructure and on buildings for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local officials to use in evaluating the extent of the damage.
- Carried out 191 counterdrug missions, flying 8,362 hours helping law enforcement agencies seize more than $491 million in illegal drugs and currency, leading to 632 arrests.
- Totaled 2,017 flight hours participating in air defense intercept training missions for the Department of Defense, helping prepare fighter units across the country for homeland security threats.
- Taught leadership, physical fitness, character development and aerospace education to more than 26,000 youth members.
- Helped promote aerospace history, principles of flight, lessons in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and aviation-related careers to not only the organization’s cadets, but also to 220,000 K-12 students nationwide.
The members visiting Washington will also urge support for identical bills in the Senate and House of Representatives – S.309 and H.R. 755 – to honor founding members of CAP with a Congressional Gold Medal for their volunteer service in conducting combat operations and other emergency missions during World War II.