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Lt Col Paul Hertel


Capt H Mike Miley & 1st Lt Dawn Iselin

Illinois Wing Media requests for information may be sent to: or

Unit and Group Public Affairs Officers are encourage to seek mentors throughout their development.  If you need help finding a mentor please contact the ILWG PAO at the contact information above.  Training requests for the next “online” PAO course may be submitted to which are held twice a year with each course last 5 hours with three hours of digital project homework.   Additionally NHQ offers an outstanding resource during the Annual Conference – The PAO Academy is the best way to learn among your peers.

CAP Volunteer Magazine

Social Media

ILWG on Facebook

ILWG on Twitter

Public Affairs Resources

PAO Toolkit

Website/Email Setup/Social Media

How to Write a Unit Public Affairs Plan

Unit Plan of Action Template

Civil Air Patrol PSAs

Commanders PA orientation

2018 Fact Sheet

2018 Boilerplate   (listed below for copy and paste ease)

2019 Powerpoint Template

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information.

Online Photo Gallery – SMUGMUG

Q & A on SmugMug the CAP national photography site!

1- Are all NCSAs using it? YES 2018 is the first year all CAP NCSAs will use SmugMug

2- How do I upload photos? First request a gallery online at then you will be emailed an upload link. Just drag and drop your photos and they are live online

3- How many photos should I post? All of them, that is once you have reviewed, selected the best and removed duplicates. Remember this represents your activity and all of CAP.

4 – does it cost money? NO! the NHQ SmugMug is free to upload and download from.

5- more questions? Contact

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