Since May 2014, the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps has had a strong and vibrant social media presence that allows it to be “everywhere CAP members are.” The presence helps educate the general public to know about the volunteer service that the corps’ 900 chaplains and character development instructors are performing for the organization’s 58,000 members and for their communities in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia and in Puerto Rico each and every day.
The following article is a repost from the Summer 2017 issue of the corps’ newsletter, The Transmitter.
Are You Using Your Online Capability?
An online profile adds to your “ministry of presence”
by Chaplain, Lt. Col. Timothy Miner
Advisor for Public Affairs
Your email address is your “professional calling card” while online. The address says a lot about how you present yourself and your ministry to others, many of whom are “meeting” you for the first time. A professional address helps recruit others to join Civil Air Patrol.
The Chaplain Corps has an address waiting for you in its “Google Group.” Right now, about thirty percent of the corps’ members have “claimed” and use their address. It is the first initial (“F”) and last name (“LLLLL”) followed by the corps’ unique URL.
One of the best features of this email system is the use of alias addresses to reach specific positions. To reach the Wing Chaplain of the Texas Wing, for example, the generic address is:
where the first two letters is the desired wing’s “state abbreviation.”
The Deputy Chief of Chaplains for personnel at the National Headquarters is:
There are also addresses for groups for contacting the chaplains and CDIs in different wings.
Using this address, even if only to forward the mail to a different personal account, opens up all the capability of Google to store documents for your use via the DRIVE app, to retrieve pictures, and co-edit in real-time, material you are collaborating on.
If you want to retrieve your corps email address, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Facebook network is the primary social online meeting site for many members of CAP. Many of our squadrons, regions and the national headquarters has its own public presence to post news items. The Chaplain Corps has a public page at:
There is a private group for just the members of the corps and a few senior managers where there are items of interest within just our community.
Linkedin.com is another social media platform that is for a more business-like profiler. Many professionals use this media to solicit and respond to job requests. There is a “CAP Chaplain Corps” page for you to link to your personal profile of information so that you can proudly announce your CAP association and plans, and to link to other peers in your profession.
FLICKR PICTURE SHARING
Do you want to share or see pictures of our Chaplain Corps in action? Here is the downloadable picture site:
The short 140-character messages tell the story or interests of the corps to the general public. You can watch the stream at:
One of the most popular social media applications for cadets to share pictures is Instagram. The chaplain corps has its own account there as well:
Each of these sites and applications online allows the CAP Chaplain Corps’ brand to be seen and interact with other members and potential members of all ages. Join us there and share our presence with all your media connections.
If YOU have an interest in creating posts and blogs about the corps’ activities and character development material, please contact the email@example.com to learn about the opportunities.