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    Texas Wing CAP’s News Feed

    • 2017 CAP National Conference registration open

      The room block for the Marriott conference hotels is nearly full.  An overflow hotel has been setup if you have any issues obtaining a hotel at the Marriott:

      Courtyard San Antonio Riverwalk, 207 N. St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205
      Group Rate:  $129.  Valet parking $31 overnight with in/out privileges.  No self-parking available.
      Call Marriott Reservations directly at 800-321-2211 or 210-223-8888 before the cutoff date of August 9th to make room reservations.  Identify yourself as part of the CAP National Conference overflow group.

      Registration for the 2017 Civil Air Patrol National Conference is now open.

      The conference is being held from 31-August to 2-September in San Antonio this year, so make your plans and register early.  Texas Wing should have the strongest showing!

      Please visit for more information and to register.

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    • CAP 75th Anniversary Updates

      CAP_75th_Logo_Color_C9A08411C7487U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., along with Reps. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Steve Israel, D-N.Y., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., introduced a resolution recognizing the strategic role Civil Air Patrol plays in supporting critical defense and homeland security missions and honoring the organization for 75 years of continuous service in times of both peace and war.  U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a companion resolution in the Senate.

      The House resolution and press release from Rep Hanna are attached, as is a photo from the CAP 75th Anniverary display at the Pentagon.

      U.S. House Resolution HR-925

      Press Release 17-Nov-2016 from Rep Hanna’s office on CAP 75th Anniversary


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    • Passing of Lt Col Stephen G. Barclay Jr.

      Texas Wing,

      It is with a heavy heart that I relay news of the passing of Lt Col Stephen G. Barclay Jr.

      Col Barclay served with distinction for 13 years in the Civil Air Patrol, serving in leadership capacities at the Squadron, Group and Wing level.  Over his CAP career, Col Barclay held duty positions in Communications, Professional Development, Emergency Services, Command, Finance and Inspector General.

      Col Barclay earned the Gill Robb Wilson (Level V) Award, the highest level of career development in CAP, on 23 January 2012, earning him the provisional rank of Lt Col. Successfully proving he was worth the promotion, his rank was made permanent on 02 June 2014.  He held Master Ratings in Communications and Professional Development, Senior Ratings in Plans & Programs and Emergency Services, and Technician Ratings in Inspector General and Historian.  There were very few programs in CAP that did not benefit from Col Barclay’s participation.

      Before serving in CAP, Col Barclay spent several years of active duty in the U.S. Army, later becoming a reservist in the 90th Aviation Battalion.  A man dedicated to serving others, in 2011 he was honored by The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas in the RecognizeGood Foundation Awards as a Volunteer Legend for his 52 years of continuous service with the Blood Center.  Last week he was honored by the staff for giving 48 gallons over the years as well as his service as a transportation volunteer.

      No information yet about funeral arrangements, but will pass those along as soon as available.  I do know that Col Barclay requested a CAP color guard at the service, so please keep this in mind as we await more information on the final arrangements.

      Anyone who would like to take advantage of grief counseling available through CAP, please reach out to the Chaplaincy to help you through this sad time.  He will be greatly missed. Godspeed Col Barclay!


      Capt Rick Mierow, CAP
      Commander, Pegasus Composite Squadron
      (C) 512.940.8431
      U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

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    • Celebrating the Life and Service of Major James Douglas


      Photo taken by Major Audrey Morrow 1. Major Douglas takes command of Sugar Land Composite Squadron

      Celebrating the Life and Service of Major James Douglas

      By Maj. Audrey Morrow

      Sugar Land, Texas – Major James Douglas has passed from our midst, but not from our hearts and memories on September 27th, 2016.  For twelve years, he served the Civil Air Patrol with hard work and true dedication.  He took over command of the Sugar Land Composite Squadron on June 11, 2013.

      As a commander, Major Douglas inspired seniors and cadets to reach high levels of excellence, instilling in each, a desire to learn and progress.   He held a Masters rating in Cadet Programs and served nine years with cadet programs, and served on at least twelve encampments as a beginner Tac Officer, Chief Tac Officer and Deputy Commander. Major Douglas always volunteered for directing and teaching the CLC class as well as mentoring the different school of CTEP.  On becoming a squadron commander, his desire to motivate all members to become proficient assets of the Civil Air Patrol organization.

      James worked hard to realize his dream in owning a successful architectural company.  He designed many area residences, churches and schools.  He also served as a Board of Director member for the Cypress Christian School.  This accounts for his success in guiding cadets to accomplish their goals in Civil Air Patrol and in their personal lives.

      Major Douglas will be greatly missed as a true friend, a humanitarian and great team member.   We will remember his warm friendly smile.

      “Well done, good and faithful servant.”   Matt 25:21

      Click here to access his full obituary and service information.

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    • FISCAL 2016 FLYING HOURS EXCEED 100,000, UP 7+%

      A CAP Cessna 182 takes off on a mission.

      A CAP Cessna 182 takes off on a mission.

      Civil Air Patrol surpassed 100,000 flying hours across its fleet of planes for the 2016 fiscal year late Tuesday – more than a 7 percent increase over the previous year.

      On the same date in Fiscal 2015, flying hours totaled 93,256.

      Why has CAP flown more this year? John Desmarais, director of national operations at National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, attributed the increase primarily to disaster relief missions and the training to support it, though most CAP flying missions have increased this year.

      Disaster relief flights have totaled 850 more hours this year than last, Desmarais said. He cited 46 such missions across the country, ranging from massive flooding in South Carolina at the start of the fiscal year to support for the response to Hurricane Hermine in Florida over the last week.

      CAP aircrews have also flown more than 1,000 additional hours this year in training for emergency missions, Desmarais said.

      “CAP is always looking for new opportunities for its members to fly in support of their communities across the country, while continuing to prepare for and respond to emergencies when needed,” he said.

      “We don’t often know where the next disaster will be, but CAP works to be prepared all the time,” he added.

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