National News

CAP Names Chief of Marketing and Strategic Communications
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:37:01 -0600

Today Civil Air Patrol National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith announced the appointment of Catherine Sivills as CAP’s chief of Marketing and Strategic Communications.

Sivills will be responsible for brand and marketing strategy, internal and external communications, media planning, managing and directing the organization’s national marketing efforts, and partnering with CAP’s philanthropy team. Essential duties include the execution of a targeted, proactive year-round multi-channel marketing strategy, the coordination of national media relations, and leadership in the development and delivery of marketing-related training across the country.

Sivills will begin work on Feb. 25 and will lead a team of both paid and volunteer staff members.

“We are very excited to have Catherine Sivills join the CAP team. Her executive-level experience in marketing, communications, brand strategy and media relations will play a key role in helping CAP become more well-known for the many outstanding contributions our members make to their communities, states and nation,” Smith said.

Sivills brings more than 25 years of marketing and communication experience to the position. From 2008-2015, she served as the assistant vice president for Branding, Marketing and Communication for Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. In addition to receiving national recognition for ground-breaking social marketing campaigns, she led a rebranding strategy that resulted in a refined positioning of the university brand. Sivills and her team also successfully implemented an overhaul of the university website and celebrated historic enrollment numbers.

Most recently Sivills served as marketing lead for the west region of Baptist Health Kentucky from 2015 to the present. She brought creativity to her role while tackling media challenges and generating positive publicity, advancing Baptist Health’s image and reputation. She also developed best practices in the areas of general marketing, corporate communications and the digital realm.

Her portfolio also includes the positions of director of marketing and planning for Murray-Calloway County Hospital and account executive with Sutton Advertising. In addition to her strategic marketing responsibilities, Sivills also served as a public information officer in her last three leadership roles.

Sivills holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising/marketing and a master’s degree in public administration from Murray State University. She also earned a Certificate in Digital Media and Marketing from Duke University and has completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public information officer certification.

Sivills is married to Scott Sivills Jr. They have three children.

“I am honored to join the Civil Air Patrol team,” she said. “This organization is so unique with such a rich history and many amazing stories to tell. I look forward to building more partnerships and working to keep a spotlight on CAP. This opportunity is a privilege, and it’s a marketer’s dream to take Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America and communicate them to the world.”

Cadets Invited to Participate in Air Force Black History Month Essay Contest on Tuskegee Airmen Influence
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:27:09 -0600

Civil Air Patrol cadets are invited to participate in the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service’s (AFRS) essay contest on “How do the Tuskegee Airmen still influence the Air force today?” in honor of Black History Month.

The contest is also open to AFJROTC cadets. Essays, limited to 500 words, must be submitted to squadron commanders in time for them to pick the best cadet essay and send it to AFRS by Feb. 22.

Grand prizes will be awarded to one CAP cadet and one AFJROTC cadet. The winners will receive a “Pilot for a Day” trip that includes meeting Air Force pilots and taking an orientation flight, as well as receiving a flight logbook and Air Force promotional gear.

Winners will be chosen by the Air Force Recruiting Service’s Detachment 1. CAP cadets should speak to their squadron commanders if they have questions.

 Wing News

N.H. Wing Legislative Squadron Expands
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:49:20 -0600

Lt. Col. Mike Moffett
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
New Hampshire Wing

luncheon hosted by the New Hampshire Wing’s Legislative Squadron allowed numerous state representatives to mix and mingle with wing personnel while gaining a better appreciation of Civil Air Patrol's capabilities and missions.

The event at the State House Cafeteria also provided a recruiting opportunity for the wing – one it was able to capitalize on.

"We signed up over a couple dozen new members," said Lt. Col. Jess Edwards, Legislative Squadron commander and a second-term representative from Auburn. “And it was great to see legislators asking good questions and learning about the various ways that Civil Air Patrol makes New Hampshire a better place."

One of the newer units in the wing, the Legislative Squadron helps raise awareness of CAP among lawmakers from around the state.

"There is great value for Civil Air Patrol to be able to plug into the legislative network," Edwards added. "Constituent connectivity has value."

He’s looking into promising future initiatives, such as involving CAP in the annual Legislative Softball Classic, where Democrats and Republicans take to the field for sports bragging rights while raising money for homeless veterans.

"We also want to make sure House committees like Fish and Game, Child and Family Law, and Education become better aware of CAP's potential to assist with search and rescue situations or in aerospace training," he said.

Fla. Cadets Ride Along on KC135 Refueling Flights
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:38:57 -0600

Capt. David Taylor
89th MacDill Aviation Cadet Squadron
Florida Wing

Eighteen Florida Wing cadets recently got a close-up look when two KC135 Stratotankers refueled six A10 Warthogs.

The cadets received an orientation ride on the KC135s courtesy of the 927th Air Refueling Wing, a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit stationed at MacDill Air Force Base and tasked with air refueling.

Before the flight, the Florida Wing visitors were briefed by Col. Douglas Stouffer, 927th Wing commander; Col. Mike Greiger, a pilot and former CAP cadet who organized the mission; and Capt. Tyler Gross, who is responsible for command of maintenance of the KC135s.

Stouffer gave a history of the KC135 and of the 927th. He discussed the day’s mission and air fueling missions in general.

Greiger talked about career opportunities in the Air Force, including opportunities for becoming a pilot. He explained how Civil Air Patrol helped him prepare for a military career and briefly discussed his experiences as an F-16 fighter pilot. He was one of the F-16 pilots responsible for escorting Air Force One after 9-11, and he also flew combat missions in Iraq.

Gross addressed the importance of aircraft maintenance and discussed opportunities for military careers in all branches of service.

Afterward, the cadets were equally divided and boarded the two KC135s. They enjoyed access to the cockpit during takeoff, landing and while in flight.

They were also able to observe the refueling booms, with some having the opportunity to “fly” the boom.

Pacific Region Leaders Honored for Nuclear Attack False Alarm Response
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:38:05 -0600

Cols. Tim Hahn and Jeff Wong were presented with Civil Air Patrol’s Exceptional Service Medal for their actions in January 2018 when false warnings of an imminent nuclear attack on Hawaii were broadcast to the area.

The warnings were broadcast to cell phones, television and radio as CAP’s Pacific Region leaders were convening for their annual Commander’s Call the morning of Jan. 13 at the Coconut Beach Marriott in Kapaa. Hahn and Wong took charge of the situation and began organizing a shelter-in-place plan for not only CAP members but also civilian guests of the hotel.

Without their actions, panic could have ensued at the hotel.

Hahn is interim commander of the Alaska Wing as well as Pacific Region vice commander. He previously commanded the Nevada Wing.

Wong is Pacific Region government relations adviser and served as Hawaii Wing commander from March 2013-April 2015.


Va. Wing Announces $10,500 in Scholarships for 17 Cadets
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:03:33 -0600

Capt. Jacob Bixler
Director of Cadet Programs
Virginia Wing 

The Virginia Wing has aannounced $10,500 in scholarships awarded to support the advancement of pilot training and career exploration for 17 Civil Air Patrol cadets from 10 squadrons throughout the state. Funding for the scholarships was provided by the state and a private donor.

Three cadets were selected to receive $2,000 flight scholarships each toward pursuit of a solo endorsement or private pilot’s certificate.

Cadet Lt. Col. Julie Demyanovich of the Prince William Composite Squadron will use the money to continue training with American Aviation in pursuit of her private pilot’s certificate. She also plans to obtain her instrument rating and work on totaling enough hours to be an orientation flight pilot for CAP.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Joan Gibson of the Burke Composite Squadron will continue her flight training at Aviation Adventures flight school in Manassas. She projects to complete minimum private pilot hours by June.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Maggie Morrison of the Southside Composite Squadron will use the pursue flight training with CAP out of Hanover County Municipal Airport. She looks forward to taking her check ride after she turns 17.

Four cadets were selected to receive $250 scholarships toward their first hour of flight instruction:

  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ethan Large, Tidewater Composite Squadron;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ralph Morrison, Southside Composite Squadron;
  • · Cadet Senior Airman Joshua Luvera, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron; and
  • · Cadet Airman Kyrieanne Pardue, Winchester Composite Squadron.

The four scholarships were awarded through a private donor who wanted to honor the memory of  James E. Feir, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at George Washington University, by introducing youth to the joy of flying.

These four cadets were selected to receive $500 scholarships to be applied toward their participation in a CAP National Special Cadet Activity, contingent on receiving a slot in the activity:

  • · Cadet Lt. Col. John Sharp, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – International Air Cadet Exchange;
  • · Cadet Capt. Deannah Bennett, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – National Flight Academy;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ranger Matthew, Hanover Composite Squadron – for National Blue Beret; and
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Regan Smith, Leesburg Composite Squadron – National Flight Academy.

These cadets were selected to receive $250 scholarships to be applied toward a CAP National Special Cadet Activity, contingent on receiving a slot in the activity:

  • · Cadet 1st Lt. Andrew Bennett, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron ­– Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course;
  • · Cadet 1st Lt. Seth Wassenberg, Hanover Composite Squadron – National Blue Beret;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Elijah Fassero, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – National Blue Beret;
  • · Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Lucas Zarling, Prince William Composite Squadron – Engineering Technologies Academy;
  •   Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Noah Lankford, Roanoke Composite Squadron –  National Flight Academy; and
  • · Cadet Master Sgt. Michael Kricheldorf, Lynchburg Composite Squadron – Hawk Mountain Ranger School.