Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing

Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing A local squadron of Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing. Civil Air Patrol, America’s Air Force auxiliary, building the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

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In 2015, the Air Force Doctrine Volume 2 “Leadership” was updated to include Civil Air Patrol as an official Air Force a...
08/19/2021

In 2015, the Air Force Doctrine Volume 2 “Leadership” was updated to include Civil Air Patrol as an official Air Force auxiliary, and part of the Total Force. Learn more: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2737211/civil-air-patrol-continues-auxiliary-efforts-for-the-total-force/ #NationalAviationDay

In 2015, the Air Force Doctrine Volume 2 “Leadership” was updated to include Civil Air Patrol as an official Air Force auxiliary, and part of the Total Force. Learn more: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2737211/civil-air-patrol-continues-auxiliary-efforts-for-the-total-force/ #NationalAviationDay

Preparations under way for flight operations this morning. Two aircrews will be serving as targets of interest in assist...
08/19/2021

Preparations under way for flight operations this morning. Two aircrews will be serving as targets of interest in assisting our DC Air National Guard.

Photos from First Air Force's post
08/17/2021

Photos from First Air Force's post

08/16/2021

“Volunteers serving America’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.” That’s CAP’s new Mission Statement, revealed this afternoon by Maj. Gen.-select Ed Phelka during his 2021 National Conference presentation on “Envisioning the Future.”

The Courtney family has made serving in Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing a family affair. Dean Courtney (left), ...
07/16/2021

The Courtney family has made serving in Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing a family affair. Dean Courtney (left), a resource manager with the Army's 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber), is the Tuskegee Composite Squadron character development instructor; his spouse Victoria (center) is the squadron’s deputy commander of cadets; and Dean Courtney II (right) is a sophomore at Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy South, who joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) when he was 12 years old and is currently serving as the cadet deputy commander for his squadron. To read more, go to https://www.dvidshub.net/news/400626/diversity-and-service-courtney-family-affair. (Photo by Steven Stover)

The Courtney family has made serving in Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing a family affair. Dean Courtney (left), a resource manager with the Army's 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber), is the Tuskegee Composite Squadron character development instructor; his spouse Victoria (center) is the squadron’s deputy commander of cadets; and Dean Courtney II (right) is a sophomore at Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy South, who joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) when he was 12 years old and is currently serving as the cadet deputy commander for his squadron. To read more, go to https://www.dvidshub.net/news/400626/diversity-and-service-courtney-family-affair. (Photo by Steven Stover)

07/02/2021

Last month, Cadet Kyle-David Byrne from our Arlington Composite Squadron achieved the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. Only half a percent of CAP cadets earn this award, which also confers the highest cadet rank of colonel.

Named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff and first chairman of the CAP National Board, the Spaatz award is an incredibly difficult and prestigious honor to earn. Cadets pass a rigorous battery of tests evaluating a cadet’s knowledge of leadership, aerospace, character, and physical fitness. They exemplify our core values of integrity, excellence, volunteer service, and respect to the highest standards. Twenty-two cadets from the National Capital Wing have achieved the Spaatz award.

If you want to learn more about our cadet program, visit https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership/cadet

Last month, Cadet Kyle-David Byrne from our Arlington Composite Squadron achieved the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, whic...
07/02/2021

Last month, Cadet Kyle-David Byrne from our Arlington Composite Squadron achieved the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. Only half a percent of CAP cadets earn this award, which also confers the highest cadet rank of colonel.

Named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff and first chairman of the CAP National Board, the Spaatz award is an incredibly difficult and prestigious honor to earn. Cadets pass a rigorous battery of tests evaluating a cadet’s knowledge of leadership, aerospace, character, and physical fitness. They exemplify our core values of integrity, excellence, volunteer service, and respect to the highest standards. Twenty-two cadets from the National Capital Wing have achieved the Spaatz award.

If you want to learn more about our cadet program, visit https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership/cadet

Last month, Cadet Kyle-David Byrne from our Arlington Composite Squadron achieved the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. Only half a percent of CAP cadets earn this award, which also confers the highest cadet rank of colonel.

Named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff and first chairman of the CAP National Board, the Spaatz award is an incredibly difficult and prestigious honor to earn. Cadets pass a rigorous battery of tests evaluating a cadet’s knowledge of leadership, aerospace, character, and physical fitness. They exemplify our core values of integrity, excellence, volunteer service, and respect to the highest standards. Twenty-two cadets from the National Capital Wing have achieved the Spaatz award.

If you want to learn more about our cadet program, visit https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership/cadet

The wing director of operations has been known to give up saying "sUAS" and just say "drones" much to the chagrin of the...
06/26/2021
What’s In A Name?

The wing director of operations has been known to give up saying "sUAS" and just say "drones" much to the chagrin of the wing sUAS officer. Well, here is a good article on what to call them.

Drone Debrief: drone safety roundup

An aircrew supported the NER Area Command Exercise last weekend. Lt COL David Uzzell, MP and Capt Bebe Finkenstaedt, MO ...
06/26/2021

An aircrew supported the NER Area Command Exercise last weekend. Lt COL David Uzzell, MP and Capt Bebe Finkenstaedt, MO and Capt Robert Nicholson, AP flew to north central Pennsylvania to take aerial photos of a river as directed by their command post. Capt Nicholson took over 400 photos during the 2 hour flight.

Congratulations to the aircrew for their dedication and professionalism.

06/22/2021

We celebrate the diversity of all our Civil Air Patrol auxiliary airmen. We are proudly diverse in identity but unified in our shared commitment to the freedom and dignity of all in the communities we serve. #pride #PrideMonth2021 #CivilAirPatrol

Our annual plane wash of our wing's entire fleet happened Thursday evening. Keeping all of our aircraft looking and smel...
05/14/2021

Our annual plane wash of our wing's entire fleet happened Thursday evening. Keeping all of our aircraft looking and smelling their best is just one way our Auxiliary Airmen exemplify excellence!

Interested in joining? Go to https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership to learn more about membership.

Our annual plane wash of our wing's entire fleet happened Thursday evening. Keeping all of our aircraft looking and smelling their best is just one way our Auxiliary Airmen exemplify excellence!

Interested in joining? Go to https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership to learn more about membership.

05/14/2021

Our wing is now in Phase III of remobilization. This means that we are generally authorized to conduct all normal Civil Air Patrol activities in person, including overnight events; however, we must still follow CDC, CAP, state, and local health guidance, and restrictions that continue to exist for certain facilities. Masking will remain necessary for all CAP indoor activities or any outdoor activity where social distancing cannot be maintained. For more information, download our wing's Phase III Plan at https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/MDWGNATCAP_COVID19_Phase_III_Remobi_FCD03CF4013C8.pdf.

Our wing continues in Phase II of remobilization for in-person activities. The following guidelines apply to Civil Air P...
04/09/2021

Our wing continues in Phase II of remobilization for in-person activities. The following guidelines apply to Civil Air Patrol events within the wing's area of operation: in Virginia a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors; in D.C. a maximum of 10 people indoors or 50 people outdoors; and in Maryland (PG County) a maximum of 20 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. Adherence to public health measures remains mandatory to include health screenings, mask wear, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning of frequently-used surfaces.

Our wing continues in Phase II of remobilization for in-person activities. The following guidelines apply to Civil Air Patrol events within the wing's area of operation: in Virginia a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors; in D.C. a maximum of 10 people indoors or 50 people outdoors; and in Maryland (PG County) a maximum of 20 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. Adherence to public health measures remains mandatory to include health screenings, mask wear, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning of frequently-used surfaces.

The Air Force notes our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the article linked here. Our newest squadron in the Dis...
03/29/2021
New opportunities in National Capital Region: Civil Air Patrol stands up new squadron

The Air Force notes our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the article linked here. Our newest squadron in the District is near Howard University. If you are interested in joining Civil Air Patrol, go to https://natcapwg.cap.gov/membership to see volunteer membership opportunities open to you.

The newly created Howard Town Civil Air Patrol squadron stood up due to interest within the local community, the proximity to a local Reserve Officer Training Corps program and its location in the

Flying may be done but not the paperwork. Especially when an inspection is needed on the plane.
03/20/2021

Flying may be done but not the paperwork. Especially when an inspection is needed on the plane.

Flying may be done but not the paperwork. Especially when an inspection is needed on the plane.

Ever wonder where the aircraft checklist started? It was on Oct. 30, 1935, when the Model 299 was introduced as the most...
02/25/2021
Is There a Card for That?! National Checklist Day

Ever wonder where the aircraft checklist started? It was on Oct. 30, 1935, when the Model 299 was introduced as the most sophisticated airplane of the time. It lifted off, began to climb, and crashed seconds later. Aircraft complexity outpaced human memory capacity, and that launched the use of the aircraft checklist.

Checklist: FAA resources and safety reminders

The day wasn’t for flying but the sunrise was inspiring.
02/20/2021

The day wasn’t for flying but the sunrise was inspiring.

Sometimes change is good and in this case, a change to a new stepladder. Farewell, old ladder. You served our aircrews w...
02/05/2021

Sometimes change is good and in this case, a change to a new stepladder. Farewell, old ladder. You served our aircrews well.

Sometimes change is good and in this case, a change to a new stepladder. Farewell, old ladder. You served our aircrews well.

12/25/2020
The maximum number of persons allowed at any National Capital Wing or subordinate squadron activity, whether indoor or o...
12/15/2020

The maximum number of persons allowed at any National Capital Wing or subordinate squadron activity, whether indoor or outdoor, is limited to 10 persons, or the maximum allowed by any local restriction.

This change comes in response to the Governor of Virginia's new executive order of Dec. 14 aimed at slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19. In addition, members will continue practicing social distancing, checking temperatures, and wearing masks.

Inspiration and aspiration, virtue and excellence, the "onward and upward" story of Civil Air Patrol's Cadet NCO of the ...
12/07/2020

Inspiration and aspiration, virtue and excellence, the "onward and upward" story of Civil Air Patrol's Cadet NCO of the Year, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Dean Courtney of National Capital Wing's Andrews Composite Squadron can be read here in the latest Volunteer Magazine: https://bit.ly/3gmW5df

Our wing is currently in Phase II of remobilization for in-person activities. This means that indoor activities are rest...
12/02/2020

Our wing is currently in Phase II of remobilization for in-person activities. This means that indoor activities are restricted to a maximum of 25 people in VA and 10 people in DC and MD, which include social distancing, temperature checks, and masks. For more information, see the links at the top of our website at https://natcapwg.cap.gov.

Flying fun is not just for cadets. Adult (active) members took to the skies this weekend for aircrew proficiency trainin...
11/09/2020

Flying fun is not just for cadets. Adult (active) members took to the skies this weekend for aircrew proficiency training and enjoyed spectacular conditions (sunny and calm) to hone airborne photography skills, practice touch and go landings/takeoffs, and build team camaraderie in preparation for future operational taskings.

Want to join us? Learn more about membership on Nov. 17th in our virtual open house. Sign up at https://bit.ly/36iOFDu.

Four cadets had the great opportunity to receive an orientation flight this morning - their first flights and the first ...
10/24/2020

Four cadets had the great opportunity to receive an orientation flight this morning - their first flights and the first organized orientation flights in the wing since March 2020. Pilots Jon Lammers and Greg Hermanson will be spending the day with eight cadets, all having their first flight.

First cadets off the ground were Cadets Kunik and Bitterman, both from Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron and Cadet Calderon of Arlington Composite Squadron and Cadet Kern of Mt Vernon Composite Squadron.

Aim High!

Our wing commander just became the new president of The Spaatz Association, Inc., the non-profit organization of past an...
10/21/2020
Spaatz Assn. Gains New President, VP

Our wing commander just became the new president of The Spaatz Association, Inc., the non-profit organization of past and present Civil Air Patrol cadets who've earned CAP's highest cadet award named after General Carl A. Spaatz.

Col. J.D. Ellis is a Spaatz awardee himself and now leads this prestigious lot of high achievers. Click below to read more about the appointment.

The Spaatz Association, the organization for recipients of Civil Air Patrol's premier cadet honor, has new executive leaders who also fill leadership positions for their CAP wings. Col. Janon D. Ellis, National Capital Wing commander, is the group’s new president, succeeding U.S. Air Force Gen. ...

Returning to base after an afternoon mission.
09/30/2020

Returning to base after an afternoon mission.

09/06/2020
National Capital Wing sUAS Training Day

Members of the wing work on their sUAS piloting and technician skills. 1st Lt's Pete Castine and Dan Frattin coached three teams on their flying skills.

Thank you all for making our first ever National Capital Wing (Virtual) Conference a resounding success! We had over 200...
08/03/2020

Thank you all for making our first ever National Capital Wing (Virtual) Conference a resounding success!

We had over 200 registrations from 1 National Headquarters, 2 regions, 8 wings, 18 squadrons, and the U.S. Air Force.

A very special thank you to Major General Mark E. Smith, CAP National Commander and Chief Master Sergeant Robert M. Dandridge, CAP Command Chief for participating in our National Leadership Town Hall.

Also, a big thank you to Dr. Byron Knight, our keynote speaker, for an inspiring speech titled "We all serve."

Miss our conference? Keep an eye on our conference website as we will be posting the video and slides for all of the presentations including our Pre-Flight Weather Briefing webinar, Chaplains and CDIs summit, annual communications meeting, and 1/2 day cadet summit in the coming days.
http://acab.natcapwg.cap.gov/

We have been assisting our neighboring Civil Air Patrol wing with volunteers to help out at a COVID-19 testing site in M...
06/22/2020
Md., National Capital Wing Members Assist in Coronavirus Missions

We have been assisting our neighboring Civil Air Patrol wing with volunteers to help out at a COVID-19 testing site in Maryland's Montgomery County. Read more here:

Civil Air Patrol’s volunteers are providing multifaceted support for Maryland’s COVID-19 response. Since commencing activities on March 23, 95 members from both the Maryland and National Capital wings have stepped forward and contributed more than 2,800 hours in volunteer support of Maryland com...

Keeping the fleet up-to-date with the latest checklists.
06/19/2020

Keeping the fleet up-to-date with the latest checklists.

CAP2526 departed from KRMN on Sunday, 7 June for KBOW.  926CP will spend the next 4-6 weeks getting a spa treatment - it...
06/07/2020

CAP2526 departed from KRMN on Sunday, 7 June for KBOW. 926CP will spend the next 4-6 weeks getting a spa treatment - it will be repainted. Aircrew consists of 2nd Lt Pete Castine and SM Jon Lammers, both of Mt Vernon Composite Squadron.

CAP2526 departed from KRMN on Sunday, 7 June for KBOW. 926CP will spend the next 4-6 weeks getting a spa treatment - it will be repainted. Aircrew consists of 2nd Lt Pete Castine and SM Jon Lammers, both of Mt Vernon Composite Squadron.

This week at our squadron:Above: U.S. Marine Corps Col (retired) Tim Ott, who currently serves as an Associate Director ...
01/31/2019

This week at our squadron:

Above: U.S. Marine Corps Col (retired) Tim Ott, who currently serves as an Associate Director with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, spoke to cadets on the subject of leadership.

Below: 1st Lt Christopher Freedlander (right), Squadron Commander, accepts the Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing's recruiting award on behalf of Fairfax Composite Squadron from Lt Col Joe Freche, the wing's Director of Cadet Programs. Fairfax cadets recruited more young people to join Civil Air Patrol than any other squadron in the national capital region. Once again, FAIRFAX LEADS THE WAY!

A little cold weather can't stop our Civil Air Patrol cadets from learning, and winning! COME JOIN US!

https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/…/yout…/how-to-join---cadet

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3939 Oak Street
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

The Fairfax Composite Squadron, consisting of cadets and senior members, meets each Monday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Visitors interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with the Civil Air Patrol are welcome to attend.

Opening Hours

Monday 7pm - 9pm

Telephone

(202) 767-4405

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Former Fairfax cadet (1994-2000) Colin Greata is a guest speaker tonight as part of Ohio Wing’s INSPIRATIONS: LOOKING AT LEADERS. Sign up by 1700 EST to take part at 1900.
Hi would it be possible to buy a squadron patch for my collection. I was a cadet years ago, prior USAF and USN, and now a CAP patron member. If you have any other CAP patches new or used I would buy or trade for them also. Thank you Roger LaShomb 1592 Co. Rt. 38 Norfolk, New York 13667