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Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol
"Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures" -CAP Vision Statement
Is to provide a one stop shop for all information related to the Massachusetts Wing. From this site you can access supplements and forms as well as a staff roster. Connect with Massachusetts Wing and units on our social connection page and stay up to date with our wing calendar.
Massachusetts Wing is made up of 12 squadrons and more than 800 members. These dedicated volunteers preform 3 Congressional chartered missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Service. Massachusetts Wing is part of the Northeast Region which includes 8 other states.
The Civil Air Patrol celebrating its service to America. Founded in 1941 the Civil Air Patrol defended our country during WWII. In 2014 Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of our World War II veterans.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually.
Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.
MASSACHUSETTS WING CADETS RECEIVE TOP HONORS
The 2021 National AE High Altitude Balloon Challenge winners!
The composite team from Bridgewater State University Composite Squadron and Goddard Cadet Squadron included (left to right):
AEO, Capt. Leslie Kneipfer, C/TSgt Sage Lafleur, C/Lt Col Leah Vigevani, C/Col Maeve Carrigg, C/SMSgt Henry O'Brien, AEO, Lt Col. LouAnn Maffei.
Famed high altitude balloon aeromedical scientist, Col Joe Kittinger USAF (ret) is seated in front.
MASSACHUSETTS WING MEMBER RECEIVES HONORS:
Lt. Colonel Charles F. Neudorfer II was recently honored and presented with the Civil Air Patrol 50-Year Award for dedicated service recognizing his contributions to Civil Air Patrol beginning when he joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet on February 1, 1971, a few weeks before his 17th birthday.
From the start, Lt Col. Neudorfer was an active cadet member of the Indian Head Cadet Squadron which was based in Hanson, Massachusetts . . . but that was only the beginning of an impressive tour of service.
Throughout his 50 years, Lt. Colonel Neudorfer would serve at the following Squadrons across the nation. Membership with the Barre Composite Squadron, VTWG, the Quincy Composite Squadron, MAWG, the McConnell Composite Squadron, KSWG, the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron, National Capitol Wing, the Fox Valley Cadet Squadron, ILWG, the Brockton Cadet Squadron, MAWG, the Bristol Cadet Squadron, MAWG and the Old Colony Cadet Squadron, MAWG to name a few.
But he served outside of Civil Air Patrol which included serving in the United States Air Force from December 1976 to October 1983 and the Massachusetts Army National Guard from April 1985 to February 2014
In addition to receiving numerous CAP awards and ratings, Lt Col. Neudorfer is most proud of receiving the General Billy Mitchell Award, the Gill Robb Wilson and the Meritorious Service Award with device.
When he was asked “What was your biggest achievement of the last 50 years?
He has three achievements that he was most proud of.
The first was that he was able to be an active aircrew member during the beginning of the Kansas Wing Blood Run program, which is still active today. The blood run program is a partnership between the Kansas Wing and American Red Cross (ARC) where the ARC, in an emergency, requests Kansas Wing to transport via airplane or ground vehicle blood products and/or tissue that are needed somewhere else.
Secondly, and taking place in the early 1990’s - he was able to hold Level 1 clinics, once a month for about a year. He says “I taught Level 1 to about 12 students during each clinic. Due to this work, I was named Senior Member of the Year for Massachusetts Wing and Northeast Region for the year 1992”.
And the final, and probably most importantly was while he was at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, he met a young lady, who he was able to keep a friendship with for about 40 years. That friendship ended in the two getting married in July 2019.
Over the past 50 years, Lt. Col. Charles F. Neudorfer II has served as cadet leadership officer, cadet activities officer, testing officer, deputy commander for cadets, deputy commander for seniors, administrative officer, personnel officer and is a two-time squadron commander for the Bristol Cadet Squadron and the Old Colony Cadet Squadron.
Currently he serves as the Director of Administration and the Assistant Director of Personnel for Massachusetts Wing.
Massachusetts Wing has always been extremely proud of his work and contributions made for Civil Air Patrol and the Wing which is why the members of Massachusetts Wing would like to thank Lt. Col. Charles Neudorfer for his service and continued support of the program along with congratulating him on this milestone achievement.
Col John Flaherty presenting 50-Year Award to Lt Col Charles F Neudorfer II
MASSACHUSETTS CONTINUES TO PERFORM VITAL WORK.
Civil Air Patrol members continued to assist local communities all across the Commonwealth in many ways as a response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
CAP members have been assisting the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) by helping to load and unload trucks, inventorying personal protective equipment and other needed medical supplies, and assembling orders of those items for delivery to local municipalities around the state.
Our member’s ability to assist is rooted in the Emergency Services training our members receive. Civil Air Patrol Airmen are using skills normally utilized for search and rescue or disaster relief to support our community during this difficult time. In doing so, our relationship with MEMA has greatly strengthened and we are seen as a viable and important partner to their mission.
Missions for America
CAP is developing a sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) program to enhance its mission capabilities. All CAP wings will soon be able to support Air Force Assigned Missions with small Unmanned Aerial Systems across the nation.
Aerospace Education and STEM
Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education mission promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related curriculum, activities and careers.
Today’s Cadets… Tomorrow’s Aerospace Leaders
Through their experiences as Civil Air Patrol cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's leaders.
Please join Massachusetts Wing in congratulating the Wing’s newest General Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient, C/Col Luke Pongratz, #2278!
C/Colonel Pongratz is a member of the Hanscom Composite Squadron and currently serves as the Chairman of the National Cadet Advisory Council.
The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program. Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.
On average, only five cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award. Since the award’s inception in 1964, this is only the 2278th award nation-wide and a rare achievement.
The Spaatz Award is named in honor of Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. One of the giants in the history of airpower, in 1929 Spaatz, together with another pilot, set an important flight endurance record of 150 hours and 40 minutes in the early days of aviation.
During World War II, he commanded the Allied air campaign against the Nazis. In the Pacific Theater, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place under his command. After retiring from the Air Force, General Spaatz served as the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board.
Spaatz Cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets, and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. The first recipient of the Spaatz Award, Michigan’s Douglas C. Roach, served as a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds.
C/Col Luke Pongratz
Massachusetts Cadet Receives Top Award (2019)
The General Carl Spaatz award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.
Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology.
On average, only five cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award and the Spaatz Award is arguably the most difficult honor to earn in the CAP cadet program.
It is truly an honor to have been a part of the presentation of this prestigious award to C/Col Peter M. Spinelli Jr. at the 2019 Mass Wing/Northeast Region Conference.
C/Col Peter M. Spinelli Jr.
2018 - YEAR IN REVIEW
Massachusetts Wing welcomes two new members of the CAP Congressional Squadron.
Colonel Everett Hume, Massachusetts Wing Commander welcomes U.S Representatives Jim McGovern, representing the 9th Congressional District and Bill Keating, representing the 2nd Congressional District as members of the Congressional Squadron in two small ceremonies.
McGovern and Keating were awarded the rank of Lt Colonel, presented Civil Air Patrol membership certificates and invited to participate in CAP activities, including flying in any of the Massachusetts Wing CAP aircraft based in Massachusetts.
The Civil Air Patrol Congressional Squadron is open to Members of Congress and their staff members. Membership is honorary and carries a number of benefits.
Membership expresses the legislators’ support for CAP
Massachusetts Wing received its 2nd Aerospace Mission Award at the CAP National Conference.
The AE Mission Award identifies the best wing in aerospace education in each region. The AE Mission Award is based on information submitted by the wings to NHQ/AE using the Wing AE Activity Report. The contents of the activity report are evaluated in four major AE mission areas; staffing, internal CAPR 280-2 3 JUNE 2014 5 programs, external programs and AE Plan of Action (AEPOA).
Civil Air Patrol Honored at State House
Representative Kate Hogan and her colleagues hosted members of the Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol at the State House on Monday, April 25. The Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol performs services for the Commonwealth as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The CAP members represent the Hanscom Composite Squadron, the Bridgewater State Squadron, Boston Cadet Squadron and the Minute Man Squadron; there are 13 total squadrons throughout Massachusetts.
During their visit to the State House, CAP members performed the Pledge of Allegiance and the Posting of the Colors on the floor of the House of Representatives and received a citation recognizing Civil Air Patrol’s 75 years of service to the Commonwealth and to the country. Following those events, a brief presentation was held about Civil Air Patrol’s three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. Finally, CAP members attended a “Meet and Greet” with Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. Ken Gordon, Rep. Sarah Peake, and Rep. David Vieira.
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION HONORS MASSACHUSETTS COASTAL PATROL BASE #18 PILOT AWARDED MEDAL
Massachusetts Wing of the Civil Air Patrol posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal to Taunton native, 1st LT Everett L. King. The ceremony was held at the Bridgewater State University, home of the Bridgewater State University Senior Squadron on December 7, 2015.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor Congress bestows as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Congress recently recognized Civil Air Patrol members who served from Dec. 1, 1941, to the end of hostilities in World War II on Sept. 2, 1945
Lt Everett King served the U.S. in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) by flying missions out of Coastal Patrol Base #18, located at the former Coonamessett Airport in Falmouth Massachusetts.
According to Colonel Everett Hume, Massachusetts Wing Commander who presented the medal to 1st Lt. Everett Kings daughters, Susan King, of East Taunton, MA and Jackie Sousa, of South Dennis, Ma. said "this award is well-deserved and recognizes the acts of heroism and bravery performed by your father". "When a nation called for heroes" Hume said, "Lt King answered the call".
Pictured are Susan King, Jackie Sousa and Col Everett Hume standing in front of the original 48-star U.S. flag that flew over Coastal Patrol Base #18 from May 1942 through December 1942.
It's Done! - President Signs CAP CGM Into Law
May 30, 2014 -- President signs the CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill into law.
On May 19, 2014, at 5:40 PM the House of Representatives passed the Senate CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill.
The House bill HR 755 has 354 cosponsors and the Senate bill S 309 had 83.
The Senate bill (S 309) passed the Senate on May 20, 2013.
The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bills award a single medal to Civil Air Patrol in honor of the unusual service of all of our CAP World War II veterans. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate their service at no cost to the government
Our veterans, as volunteer unpaid civilians, conducted combat and humanitarian missions during a critical time of need for the nation. Amazingly, many flew their own aircraft on hazardous missions, in bad weather and often at their expense during the war. Others flew search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing and other essential wartime missions. Still more members managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators for future service in the CAP and the military. Cadet members both trained to serve in the military as well as to serve their communities during the war. Many assisted with critical missions on the home front.
Civil Air Patrol National Commander Joseph Vazquez looks on as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Lester Wolff, a former member of Congress and Civil Air Patrol veteran, during a ceremony Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Vazquez and Wolff accepted the medal on behalf of the CAP World War II members. (U.S. Air Force/Andy Morataya)
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