We enjoy a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades. In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. (Source: Civil Air Patrol)

02 March 2016

Civil Air Patrol's Newest Spaatz Cadet

Congratulations to C/Col Michael McLaughlin for earning the prestigious Carl Spaatz Award, CAP's highest cadet rank. C/Col McLaughlin become CAP's 2,028th Spaatz Cadet since its inception in 1964. 

Attending the Annual Spaatz Association Dinner in Washington, DC on 27 FEB 16, C/Col McLaughlin had the privilege to receive the award from some very distinguished VIP's.

The Spaatz Award was presented by the Civil Air Patrol National Commander, Major General Joseph R. Vasquez and by General Paul A. Selva (USAF). General Selva is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VJCS). The VJCS is the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces ranking just below the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Vice Chairman outranks all respective heads of each service branch, with the exception of the Chairman, General Joseph F. Dunford (USMC).

Maj Gen Vasquez and C/Col McLaughlin
Maj Gen Vasquez, C/Col McLaughlin, and Gen Selva
Maj Gen Vasquez, C/Col McLaughlin, and Gen Selva

C/Col McLaughlin
C/Col McLaughlin

Photos courtesy of the Spaatz Association

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