Civil Air Patrol Sabbath and Sunday Is Coming the First Weekend in December

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Since 1972, the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors has authorized the wearing the USAF blue-uniform or the CAP corporate equivalent to worship services during the first weekend of the month of December which corresponds with the 1 December anniversary of the creation of CAP.  The weekend is called “CAP … Read More

CAP Chaplain David Bobbey Feted by Military Chaplains Association

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Civil Air Patrol Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Bobbey received the 2017 Military Chaplains Association Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony on 24 October 2017.  Bobbey lives in North Carolina where he currently serves as the Deputy Middle East Region Chaplain. The Chief of Chaplain Corps for the Civil Air Patrol, … Read More

Early History of Chaplains in the Civil Air Patrol

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A recent “find” by the national historian of the Civil Air Patrol shows that as early as 1944, many squadrons selected a clergyman to serve as a staff officer and chaplain for the unit.  The national headquarters was aware of this and shared the “administrative procedure” with prospective candidates.  The … Read More

Fall 2017 Issue of “The Transmitter” is Now Available

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  The Fall 2017 issue of the official newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps, The Transmitter, is now available for download.  Some of the important topics in this edition include the following: Message from the new Chief of Chaplain Corps, Chaplain (Colonel) Charlie Sattgast Information on the September … Read More

Chaplain Corps Wishes “Happy Diwali” to All Celebrating

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Happy Diwali, or as it is said in Hindu, “Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein.” To all celebrating the joyous festival of Diwali, the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps wishes you a happy celebration. Diwali, or Deepvali, is the happy celebration called the “Festival of the Lights.” It is a celebration that lasts five … Read More

Chaplain Corps Wishes “Chag Sameach!” to All Who Celebrate Festival of Sukkot

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On the evening of Wednesday, 5 September 2017, the festival of Sukkot begins.  The Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps wants to wish everyone celebrating this joyous occasion, “Chag Sameach!” Be sure to read the recent blog post on the significance of all the Jewish “High Holidays” from the perspective of … Read More

Three Chaplain Corps Workshops Held at the CAP National Conference 2017

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During the national conference of the Civil Air Patrol in September 2017, the chaplain corps sponsored and hosted three separate “learning labs” which helped the members of the corps and the members of CAP to learn about the work of CAP chaplains and character development instructors.  All three workshops were … Read More

Civil Air Patrol “Commander’s Call to Prayer” Includes Investiture and Keynote Address

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On Friday, 1 September 2017, at the Civil Air Patrol national conference in San Antonio, the national commander, Major General Joseph Vazquez hosted the “Commander’s Call to Prayer.” This is the complete service including the investiture and promotion ceremonies of the new Chief of Chaplain Corps, Chaplain (Colonel) Charlie Sattgast, … Read More

Rocky Mountain Region Chaplain Corps Hosts First Online TLC Course

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This article is written for an upcoming Autumn issue of the Receiver, the newsletter of the Civil Air Patrol’s Rocky Mountain Region chaplain corps newsletter.   by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey Williams Region Chaplain, Rocky Mountain Region Assistant to the Chief of Chaplain Corps on Internet Technologies As announced in the August, … Read More

The Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps’ Ministry of Presence: The Series

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CHAPLAINS: A MINISTRY OF PRESENCE …  This series of social media posts first appeared in February 2016.  “I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3). “This ministry of presence means that we will serve people even when it might make us uncomfortable. We … Read More

Three CAP Chaplain Corps Members Garner Honors At the National Conference

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During the national awards ceremony held at the Civil Air Patrol’s national conference in San Antonio on 2 September 2017, three members of the chaplain corps received honors as the “best-of-the-year” for their specialty.  Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Adma Ross, Connecticut wing chaplain, received the “Senior Chaplain-of-the-Year” award.  Chaplain (Captain) Ivan … Read More

New Civil Air Patrol National Commander’s Talk During “Call to Prayer”

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During the “Commander’s Call to Prayer” at the Civil Air Patrol national conference in San Antonio on Friday, 1 September 2017, Major General (Select) Mark E. Smith, one day away from assuming command of the organization, spoke.  In his address, he discussed leadership from the perspective of Moses and Joshua.  … Read More

Chaplain Charlie Sattgast Receives Stole as the Civil Air Patrol Chief of Chaplain Corps

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On Friday morning, 2 September 2017, Chaplain (Colonel Select) Charlie Sattgast received the symbol of his appointment as the new Chief of Chaplain Corps of the Civil Air Patrol in a ceremony during the “Commander’s Call to Prayer” at the national conference in San Antonio.  Sattgast received the stole from … Read More

Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps’ Social Media Presence

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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 … Read More

Virginia Wing Holds a Cadet Essay Contest on Character

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(This article on the first character essay contest was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of The Transmitter) by Lt. Col. Timothy Miner Virginia Wing Chaplain At the combined wing and region conference on 4 April 2017, the Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing awarded the first prize for its … Read More

Autumn Jewish High Holidays From A Jewish Perspective

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 (This article on the Jewish holidays was first published in the Summer 2017 issue of The Transmitter) A series of articles continuing from “Spring Jewish Holidays” appearing in is the Spring 2017 issue of “The Transmitter” by Lt. Col. Karen Semple CDI, Montana Wing Lt Col Semple is an Air … Read More

Va. Wing Honors First CAP Air Chaplain As Name of Cadet Prize for Grit

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In April 2017, as part of its first annual writing contest for Civil Air Patrol cadets, the Virginia Wing chaplain corps honored CAP’s first “air chaplain,” Chaplain (Major General) Robert Preston Taylor, by naming an annual prize for him which honors a cadet that displays grit, perseverance, and spiritual resilience … Read More

“Shanah Tovah” To All Who Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

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“Shanah Tovah.” Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה – which literally means “head of the year”) begins tonight (Wednesday, 20 September) at sunset. It is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim (“Days of Awe”), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is … Read More

A Vibrant Future Is the Vision of the New Chief of Chaplain Corps

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On Wednesday, 30 August 2017, at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps’ Executive and Advisory Councils at the national conference, the incoming Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Colonel – Select) Charles “Charlie” Sattgast took the microphone to give his vision for the future of … Read More

Chaplain Corps Members Presented with Individual Performance Awards

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On Saturday, 2 September 2017, at the Civil Air Patrol national conference in San Antonio, seven members of the chaplain corps received individual performance awards for their significant contributions to the corps and CAP.  These members were part of a group of fifteen total chaplains and character development instructors to … Read More

Ethical Leadership Is New CAP National Commander’s Background

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On 2 September 2017, Major General Mark Smith, CAP, assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol in a ceremony at the national conference in San Antonio.  He recently completed a doctoral degree in education on ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University.   This foundation in ethics is a major component of … Read More

CAP Chaplains Support A Federal Need

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  On Tuesday, 5 September, responding to an urgent request from the leadership of the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency​ (FEMA), Civil Air Patrol​ chaplains will start around-the-clock support and a ministry-of-presence to the workers and volunteers staffing the nation’s heart of its disaster … Read More

Chaplain (Colonel-Select) Charlie Sattgast Named New Chief of Chaplains

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Maj. Gen.-Select Mark Smith, incoming CEO/national commander, has tapped Chaplain (Colonel-Select) Charlie Sattgast to serve as the new chief of chaplains of the Civil Air Patrol beginning 2 September.  The current chief, Chaplain (Col.) James “Jay” Hughes will pass the chief’s stole/scarf during a streamed investiture ceremony to be held … Read More

New Civil Air Patrol Clergy Stole / Scarf Available

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  During the months of January and February 2017, the first shipments of a new, optional Civil Air Patrol chaplain scarf / stole were sent to some chaplains who are making the choice to wear the vestment.  The first publicly available design will be reversible navy blue and silver gray … Read More

The First Class of “Trainers” Graduates to Support the new Chaplain Emergency Services School (ChESS)

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The capability of Civil Air Patrol chaplain corps personnel to respond and support the Emergency Services mission is improving.  From 22 to 28 January 2017, chaplains and Character Development Instructors from around the country attended the first “train-the-trainers” course to support a new curriculum for Civil Air Patrol Mission Chaplains … Read More

LOGBOOK: A Visit To The United State Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development

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      by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paul Ward Chief, Operations and Plans Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps The Civil Air Patrol Chief of Chaplains and a team of six others visited the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) from 6 to 10 February 2017 to meet with and learn … Read More

Servant Leadership Address by Colonel John Knowles at Commander’s Call to Prayer

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Colonel John M. Knowles, CAP, commander of the Middle East Region, gave the address during the Commander’s Call to Prayer at the CAP National Conference in August 2016.  He spoke about servant leadership.  Here is his talk.   What greater place is there to talk about servant leadership then the … Read More

Chaplain Corps Supports the DoD “Be There” Campaign for National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Civil Air Patrol’s Chaplain Corps is supporting the “Be There” Campaign of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office during September, designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the U.S. Chaplains and character development instructors are using a wide variety of outreach efforts to educate the organization’s membership about the issue. … Read More

National Aviation Day—August 19

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On National Aviation Day, August 19, the nation celebrates the anniversary of the birthday of Orville Wright. Starting this Friday, NASA invites you to join the celebration of flight and everything it makes possible by taking our Orville flying squirrel along with you and posting a picture with the hashtag … Read More

First CAP “Blessing of the Fleet” Ceremony from Middle East Region

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  As the sun rose over Allen C. Perkinson Airport/Blackstone Army Airfield in Blackstone, VA, on Sunday, 24 April 2016, members of the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps from the Middle East Region joined with local clergy to perform the first “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony for over twenty aircraft … Read More

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