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Civil Air Patrol Change of Command

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Maj. Matthew Carey of Elyria stepped down March 26, 2019 as commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Lorain County Composite Squadron. Maj. Michael Bridge of Elyria stepped in as the new squadron commander for the unit.

Carey, who has been with CAP for nearly 27 years, has served as squadron commander since 2016. Carey currently serves at the squadron level as assistant communications officer, assistant homeland security officer, assistant logistics officer, assistant transportation officer and assistant web security administrator. Carey additionally serves as deputy commander as well as communications for Group IV of the Ohio Wing.

Bridge first joined CAP in 2011. He most recently served as the deputy commander as well as emergency services officer and health services officer. His previous squadron positions include deputy commander for cadets, logistics officer and assistant deputy commander for senior, assistant disaster preparedness officer and assistant testing officer.

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.

New Recruiting Video for CAP

Elyria, OH - National Headquarters has released a new recruiting video. This video is located at Cadet Programs Video. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining CAP have them take a moment to view this interesting presentation.

CAP CyberPatriot Call For Volunteers

Since the inception of Civil Air Patrol in 1941, our mission has been to contribute to the national security of our country. We rallied to that cause in WWII, not only defending our shores from enemy submarines with our light aircraft and the bombs strapped to them, but also in a great variety of other military support functions. When we were designated by Congress in 1948 as the volunteer Auxiliary of the newly created United States Air Force, our mission sharpened its focused to that of providing noncombat support to the Air Force in its quest to attain and maintain American air supremacy around the globe. With the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the challenge to our country, and especially to its Air Force, was to expand air supremacy to encompass supremacy in space operations, as well. Today, our Air Force, and its Auxiliary, has a new challenge – cyber defense. No doubt, each one of you, through official means or exposure to the media, has become aware of the cyber crisis we face.

In consideration of CAP’s great legacy of service to the nation, and especially acknowledging our support to the Air Force, we pondered several years ago about possible ways that we could assist in defending our nation against the cyber threat. We found that the Air Force Association (AFA), a strategic partner of the USAF and CAP, provided the answer in 2009 when it launched “CyberPatriot,” which would become the nation’s largest high school cyber defense competition. Through participation in this computer-based program to reduce cyber vulnerabilities of a computer network, CAP cadets, JROTC cadets from the military services, and students from our nation’s high schools, form small teams of five members each to neutralize the threat. In an 11 June communication, AFA President Mike Dunn stated: “Although we are proud to be the organization behind this innovative program, CyberPatriot is not about just the Air Force Association. It is about addressing a matter of critical importance to our nation: Stimulating our bright young people to become part of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce the USA desperately needs. With your help we will reach many thousands of youth this year with exactly that message."

CAP fielded 150 teams for last year’s competition and is extremely proud that a team from the Florida wing – made up of cadets with the Orlando Cade, Citrus County Composite and Seminole Composite squadrons – earned the title of 2011 CyberPatriot III All-Services Division Champion. We are now looking forward to the 2012 CyberPatriot competition. We need your help to continue our strong presence in this competition. But, more importantly, we need your help to inculcate in our youth the mindset of helping defend America against any threat – air, space or cyberspace.

As phrased in many advertisements for jobs, “there is no experience required” for adult leaders of CAP cadet teams. For this initiative, there need be just a desire to move our country forward to conquer the greatest threat we have ever faced. I hope that I can count on you to help our young people explore another challenging “STEM-related” educational program. Please volunteer to assist in this worthwhile project to enhance aerospace education for the youth of our organization.

To fully understand the history and purpose of CyberPatriot, please visit CyberPatriot Information

Sky Sectionals

Sky Sectionals is a new way to get your charts. They have VFR Sectional Charts, VFR Terminal Area Charts, and IFR Low-Altitude enRoute Charts. These are current publications that you can either purchase as needed or on a subscription basis, just like the paper-charts. These charts, however, come in electronic (.pdf) form, with each page being a separate portion of the map. This allows you to print only the pages of the map that you think you might need for a particular flight, and lets you follow your route by flipping the pages on your kneeboard, rather that folding/re-folding charts in the cockpit and covering up the entire panel! I know there will be many people who may not be into this new format or might be skeptical, and it may still be nice to have that paper-chart in the flight bag, but you have to admit this is pretty cool. At the website, you can get more information and download a sample to see what they are like.

Even more important and useful to those of us on CAP Search/Rescue Mission Aircrews will be the second website, CAP Charts is a division of Sky Sectionals. This is the cool part. You can purchase the current VFR Sectional Charts, that are legal for navigation, WITH THE CAP GRID OVERLAYS ALREADY THERE!!! This can be useful to reduce the needed charts! As many of you know, we get Ohio Aeronautical Charts with the CAP Search Grids on them, but only every couple years, and these are not legal charts for navigation. These CAP Charts are pre-gridded sectionals, and are updated on the same cycle as all other sectionals. Like the Sky Sectionals, they are electronic and come to you as an Adobe (.pdf) file. As with traditional Sky Sectionals, these CAP Charts can be purchased individually as needed, or you can set-up a subscription service.