Press releases from Public Affairs Officer (Capt Robert Bruton,

Dallas Cadet receives Merchant Marine Academy Appointment

posted Mar 12, 2014, 7:50 PM by Andrew Theismann


DALLAS-For Civil Air Patrol Cadet Aaron Garrett it was a day like any other day.  Wake up get dressed, grab some breakfast and head for Highland Park High school.  Still, just another day until he was called to come down to the principal’s office.  At that moment everything changed, as the principal handed him the phone.  On the other end was U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, who was calling Aaron to tell him that he had been accepted to enter the United States Merchant Marine Academy on a four year scholarship, worth over $500,000.  Cadet Garrett who holds the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant in CAP said “This is my dream come true and I really look forward to the coming four years.  I didn’t think I would be chosen but like they say ‘you never know until you try.’  And boy did I try.”

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Sides, the Dallas Composite Squadron commander, was one of the first persons notified by a very proud father Captain Aaron ”Al” Garrett III, who serves as a check pilot for the Dallas Composite Squadron in Group III, Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.  In civilian life, Captain Garrett is an airline captain for Southwest Airlines based in Dallas.  When Lt Col Sides received the news via e-mail he could not wait to share the good news with the entire squadron. When asked about Civil Air Patrol’s involvement in Cadet Garrett’s life he mentioned that “This is just another example of the many educational opportunities open to the cadets of Civil Air Patrol, as they are encouraged to apply to any of the service academies.”  Lt Col Sides went on to say “Aaron is an outstanding cadet and I know he will make an outstanding officer.  I know his dad is very proud of his accomplishment, as is the entire squadron.”

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.  CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of all continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011.  Its’ volunteers also perform Homeland Security, disaster relief, drug interdiction missions,  aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.  CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years.  CAP also participated in Wreathes across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U. S. Military veterans. Visit or for more information or contact:                                       

                                             Bob Bruton   Capt  CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol


Dallas Composite Squadron TX-391 Promotions and Awards

posted Jan 28, 2014, 12:42 PM by Andrew Theismann

Promotions and awards were the order of the day at a recent ceremony of the 391st Composite Squadron, Group III , Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol.  The ceremony took place at the squadron's meeting room located on the second floor of Dallas Business Jet at Dallas Love Field.

The real prestige award of the evening went to Cadet Master Sergeant Luke Schlenker who was presented with the Air Force Association "Cadet of the Year" award.  Congratulations Sergeant  Schlenker.   C/SMSgt Zachary Holub, C/MSgt  Luke Schlenker,  C/TSgt  Luke Langlais,  C/A1C Joe Krupa  and C/SrA  Katherine Jovicich all received  the Air Force Association's national "Cyberpatriot" award.  The Cyberpatriot educational program exposes cadets to the world of Cybersecurity. C/A1C Madison Applewhite and C/A1C Joe Krupa were both awarded Rocketry Badges  after completing a comprehensive course in Rocketry.   C/Amn  Madison E. Applewhite was promoted to C/A1C and Cadet Noah Allen promoted to C/Amn. 

Lt Col Bob Sides congratulated all of the winners and said, "I look forward to next month's Promotions and Awards ceremony and even more winners".

Air Force Association Awards Cadet Master Sergeant Luke Schlenker with the “Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award”

posted Jan 28, 2014, 12:40 PM by Andrew Theismann

C/MSgt Luke Schlenker was awarded The Air Force Association's Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award.  Recognized as the Dallas Composite Squadron's most outstanding cadet, C/MSgt Schlenker displayed superior performance throughout the year as Cadet Commander.  Cadet Schlenker received the AFA's silver medal accompanied by a sky-blue ribbon and a certificate. The AFA is proud to support these accomplished cadets.

January - March 2014 CAP Vector & Volunteer Magazines

posted Dec 27, 2013, 12:38 PM by Andrew Theismann

Happy Holidays!

The latest issue of “CAP Vector” is now available at:  “CAP Vector” is a quarterly, online news and information tool designed to "get the word out" about CAP initiatives, events and programs. 

Also, the latest digital version of the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, the 40th edition published since the magazine was launched in 2006, is now available at  In addition to the cover story about Civil Air Patrol’s inclusion in a new, permanent display at 1st Air Force at Tyndall AFB, Fla., there is a feature about CAP’s recurring role in helping train Department of Defense and other Federal agency personnel to defend America.  

CAP’s new NCO program is also featured in the January issue, along with reports about two of the organization’s disaster relief missions in 2013 – the response to historic flooding in Colorado and an unexpected blizzard in South Dakota. Be sure to check out the news video on page 7 that accompanies the Colorado flooding story. 

As 2013 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your outstanding service to your communities, states and nation.  We hope that you and your families enjoy the holidays and have a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014! 

CAP National Staff 

Here is a complete list of articles in the January Volunteer:

Cause to Celebrate 
January Issue Is Magazine’s 40th Edition 

CAP to the Rescue 
Cell Phone Forensics Team Helps Save Idaho Family 

Colorado Flooding 
Wing’s Response to Disaster Draws Rave Reviews 

Force Multiplier 
Air Force Executive/CAP Member Honored for Saving $1 Billion 

Shadow Escorts 
CAP Flies with Unmanned Military Aircraft 

Aircraft Intercepts 
CAP Plays Vital Role in Training for Homeland Security 

Front and Center 
CAP Cessna in Spotlight at 1st Air Force Headquarters 

Eyes in the Skies 
Blizzard Sends South Dakota Wing Searching for Stranded Hunters, Dead Livestock 

Pioneering Pilot 
CAP Member During World War II, George Mitchell Found a Way to Serve 

Teen Author 
Adventurous Colorado Cadet Pens Children’s Books 

NCO Corps 
New CAP Program Now Mirrors that of the Air Force 

Twice as Nice 
Two Sets of Twins Double the Fun at COS 

Stamping Out Hunger 
Cadets Participate in National Letter Carriers’ Food Drive 

A Debt of Gratitude 
Naval Commandant Says CAP Led Him to Military Career 

No Disabilities in CAP 
Physically Challenged Members Find Ways to Serve 

Terrorism Novelist 
Illinois Member Publishes Two Books

CAP National Conference, August 20 to 25, 2012

posted Jun 10, 2012, 5:14 AM by Andrew Theismann

Dear CAP Member,
The 2012 Annual Conference is fast approaching; I would like to take a moment to remind you to register as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.  This year’s conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland August 23-25, 2012 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront located on the water’s edge of the beautiful Inner Harbor. Don’t forget to register by midnight June 10th to take advantage of the discounted Early Conference Registration Rate of $99 or the Special Early Combo Conference/Banquet Registration Rate of $160.  Online registration after midnight June 10th through midnight August 5th will increase to $130 for Conference Registration and theCombo Conference/Banquet Registration Rate will increase to $200.  Not only are you saving money by registering early, but you will have the opportunity to win a free iPad to be given away at the conference.

To register for the 2012 CAP Annual Conference, please click here. Also, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront is offering a specialCAP room rate of $144.  This room rate will only be offered through midnight July 29; rooms are limited so don’t miss out.  Book your room today!

We have an exciting conference planned for you in Baltimore this year.  With 10 pre-conference workshops and over 50 learning labs, we are sure you will find sessions to meet all of your individual needs.  The pre-conference workshops have limited availability so don’t hesitate; register now!  You can preview the pre-conference workshop listings, cost and descriptions by clicking here

I would also like to remind you again, about the special Cadet Day program on Saturday, August 25th.  Designed just for cadets, this program is a must for those cadets wanting to gain more knowledge of the cadet program.  The registration fee is ONLY $35 for this one-day event and lunch is included in the cost of the registration.  If you are a cadet registered for the full conference this event is included with your registration. 
I look forward to seeing you at the conference!


Charles L. Carr, Jr.
Maj Gen, CAP
National Commander

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