Civil Air Patrol Colorado Wing

It’s been a while since I’ve given a shout out to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and now seems like a perfect time to recognize an organization comprised of some remarkable cadets and senior members.

“With fires breaking out all over Colorado, Douglas County took a proactive approach by asking Civil Air Patrol to fly fire watch,” McDonald said. (Civil Air Patrol VolunteerNow)

When called, the Civil Air Patrol answered and assisted with Disaster Relief for the High Park fire in Larimer County near Ft Collins and also assisted in the Waldo County Fire in El Paso County.

CAP lives by a set of core values, one of which is Volunteer Service, and during this time of much needed help, cadets and senior members were willing to give of their time and energy to assist.

This year’s Colorado Encampment took place at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  Encampment is a cadet activity which develops self-discipline and teamwork and a week-long unique activity that is very popular among cadets. 

Encampment this year which began on June 23 and was supposed to end on June 30, took a very different turn. Wildfire forces evacuation, early end for Colo. Wing Encampment and cadets were evacuated to Peterson Air Force Base.  Parents were notified and some cadets left that evening and others spent the night.

Check out the photos from this year’s Encampment and also check out other national CAP news and events by going to the CAP VolunteerNow home page.

More about CAP Core Values:

In 1997, the U.S. Air Force published this set of core values for its mmebers to live by:

Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all We Do (CAP Pamphlet 50-2)

In 1996, these core values were formally approved by the Civil Air Patrol:

Integrity, volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect

These CAP core values serve as a moral compass for the organization.

1.    Integrity: This is the very fiber of all core values; without it all other core values cannot prevail. It is the cornerstone for all that is moral and just in our society. It is more than simple honesty. It embraces other attributes such as courage, responsibility, accountability, justice, openness, self-respect, and humility. Lastly, this core value means CAP members must practice the highest standards of self-discipline.

2.    Volunteer Service: CAP adopted this core value because it reflects the very essence of the organization—service to humanity. All CAP volunteers willingly give of their time, energy, and personal resources. Moreover, many have made the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives while serving the organization. As a minimum, this core value implies a commitment on the part of all CAP members to place the organization’s purposes first and foremost. This process starts with the member’s agreement to obey the rules and regulations of CAP and the Air Force. In this regard, self-discipline is an absolute must.

3.    Excellence: This core value reflects CAP’s continuous effort to be the very best, and to consistently improve its humanitarian service to America. From personal appearance to resource management, excellence must be the goal of all CAP members.

4.    Respect: CAP members come from all walks of life. Therefore, it is extremely important that members treat each other with fairness and dignity, and work together as a team. To do otherwise would seriously impair CAP’s capability to accomplish the mission.

I’m very proud to be a part of this outstanding volunteer organization and to serve as a Senior Member of the Valkyrie Cadet Squadron alongside some very passionate and dedicated CAP members.

Check out Civil Air Patrol…The Best Kept Secret of the U.S. Air Force! To learn more and see some photos of Valkyrie Cadet Squadron. 

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