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NHQ CAP’s News Feed

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NHQ CAP’s Cadet Blog Feed

  • What Time Is It? Winter NCSA Registration Time!

    EServices registration for Winter National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs)—Civic Leadership Academy and National Character Leadership Symposium--is open. Apply for CLA and/or NCLS before 15 Nov to be considered on-time and receive preference for primary status selection. You may submit applications after the cut-off date listed above, but it will be marked as “late” and considered after all on-time applications.

      --CLA is for cadets interested in politics and careers in public service. Cadets participate in behind-the scenes tours and briefings at the Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, CIA, FBI, Arlington, and more.

      --NCLS is an activity sponsored by the USAF Academy that provides cadets the opportunity to engage in dialogue with visiting undergraduate university student leaders from across the country in seminars and discussions designated to enhance their own understanding of the importance and challenges of sound moral character and leadership.

    Jump to this link,, to get more information about these two courses and others like LESA South hosted by Texas Wing.  The link to the eServices registration site is on




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  • Winter NCSA Priority Placement Deadline Approaching

     Don't forget, Wednesday 15 November is the last day to apply for two of the winter NCSAs, Civic Leadership Academy and National Character Leadership Symposium, and be considered "on-time." What is the benefit of applying by this date? Priority in placement. Your application is considered before any late applicants, greatly improving your chances of garnering one of these coveted slots. Jump to this link,, to get more information about these two courses and others like LESA South hosted by Texas Wing.  Get your application in now. Link to registration site is located on 

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  • Winter NCSA Registration to Open 15 October

     For those looking to register for Winter National Cadet Special Activities, the site will open 15 October and remain open until 15 November for priority placement consideration.  Check for winter offerings and the link to eServices application.  Again the registration site will not open until 15 October.

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Texas Wing CAP’s News Feed

  • 2018 Texas Wing Conference registration open

    The 2018 Texas Wing Conference is now open for registration.  For more details, see


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  • COMM Alert, Level 2

    The Air Force evaluated SAR mission will be held this weekend at TXWG HQ — start date 22 Sep 2017, end date 24 Sep 2017.  All units are requested to check into the Texas Wing net, via HF or VHF relay, at least once each day unless advised otherwise.  Units should send CAP ABLE reports to the Message Center.  CAP ABLE message forms are in WMIRS under Mission Files/Forms.


    Lt Col Henry L. Howe, CAP
    Texas Wing Director of Communications

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  • 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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