NATIONAL COMMANDER'S UPDATE - MAY 2015

posted May 4, 2015, 9:21 AM by Scott Kammeyer
NATIONAL COMMANDER'S UPDATE - MAY 2015
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I recently completed a monthlong, coast-to-coast driving trip around the U.S. in April. In the order visited, I attended events in Washington, D.C.; Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Seattle, Wash.; Salt Lake City, Utah, Independence, Kan.; Hulbert, Okla.; Houston, Texas; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Sevierville, Tenn. During this trip, I met with more than 500 Civil Air Patrol members at three wing, one region and two national meetings or conferences. A number of issues were communicated to me, and all tended to follow the same basic theme – making it easier to be a CAP member in today’s environment.

I want to report that I heard you loud and clear! Due to the greater responsibilities and standards expected from CAP members, the complexity of membership has perhaps grown larger than what is really needed to do the mission.

Efforts have been made to reform the way new regulations are approved, but that is only the first step. The next step is to examine all the existing regulations, and make improvements in the procedures causing members the most problems. Due to the success of CAP-USAF and CAP-IG in reforming the Compliance Inspection process using a rapid improvement team, we will stand up new teams to reform other regulations. Given the complexity of CAP flight operations, expect to see the first team start with our flying regulations as the initial area to work upon.

At the mid-point of the April trip, it was my privilege to brief the CAP Board of Governors (BoG) on the State of CAP at their April meeting in Seattle. The BoG is also the governing body of the CAP Foundation, which is our national fundraising organization. I was pleased to learn that the CAP cadet scholarship challenge recently announced to all members had been met and exceeded. A matching grant from the CAP Foundation and individual donors will fund at least five scholarships this summer for the top power solo academy cadets to pursue flight training to obtain a private pilot’s certificate. I thank all the CAP members who contributed to make these matching scholarship funds possible!

At the end of the trip, I also attended the spring meeting of the CAP Senior Advisory Group (CSAG), which is made up of CAP’s eight regions commanders. There are many new region commanders this year, two of whom were appointed in just the past month. The CSAG accomplished many things during its meeting, including the formulation of a Strategic Implementation Plan, which captures the short-term goals CAP will pursue over the next year.

It’s been a very interesting April on the road, and I look forward to future trips to meet you, the members of Civil Air Patrol!

Joe Vazquez, Maj Gen, CAP
National Commander
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