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Lt Col Paul Hertel


 Capt H Mike Miley Maj Greg Hoffeditz Cadet Public Affairs Officer C/Capt Soren Koh  and C/1st Lt Evelyn Buck 

                                                                                        Illinois Wing Public Affairs Team

Capt Harker Michael Miley 1st Lt Raymond E Walden 2d Lt Christopher J Vargas
Lt Col Paul R Hertel Capt David P Lee Capt D Wendal  Walsh
2d Lt David R Anderson 2d Lt Tracy L Ondrus 1st Lt Ann M Mangin
Maj Wesley D Flannell Capt Lori A Tolliver Capt Gabriel C McDowell
Maj John T Claeys Capt Elizabeth S Marzano Capt Mary E Smith
Lt Col Michael E Poteete Lt Col James K Kalemis SM Jason P Vincent
1st Lt Lee F Davis Lt Col Gerold A Baumgartner SM John N Mavronicles
1st Lt Kelly A Jones 1st Lt Austen D Boettcher 2d Lt Paula J Kesler
2d Lt Dustin E Large SM Gregory S Drain Capt Derrick  Henry
Capt Michael R Siegel Capt Elizabeth S Genengels Capt Levetta L Parker
1st Lt Bret M Potter 1st Lt Richard H Roberts 2d Lt Neal K Folgers
2d Lt Benjamin Thomas Moses 2d Lt Andrew J Smolenski Maj Greg Hoffeditz 
2d Lt Renata S King 1st Lt Mark D Flage C/Capt Soren Koh
1st Lt Eduardo A Arabu 1st Lt Rhonda M Zeman C/1st Lt Evelyn Buck


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The Role of Command and the Public Affairs Team

Public Affairs (PA) is a powerful leadership and unit-building tool and an important component of the Civil Air Patrol’s strategic communications at the commander’s disposal. Public Affairs encompasses efforts that have proven to be effective in attracting, retaining, and growing membership. The CAP Strategic Action Plan includes a goal to “enhance understanding of CAP’s value to America so that we can grow our organization to better serve the nation.” At present, the professional development courses leading up to a command position include practically no information on PA. Yet, this staff position is so important that it cannot remain vacant – this means that if no Public Affairs Officer (PAO) is assigned, those duties are the commander’s responsibility. (CAPR 190-1, 3c)  

Successful use of PA normally results in better member retention, morale, and esprit-de-corps. Recruiting, community, and media relations, also, are dependent on good PA work.

At any level of command, the PAO is responsible for “telling the CAP story” and maximizing publicity for the unit and its activities. CAP relies on informed, active, and engaged members to perform its duties competently and effectively. In all PA work, the emphasis needs to be on unit members, their CAP activities (especially those on behalf of the community), and the resulting benefit to the community, state, and nation. Telling CAP stories to both members and those outside the organization, including potential members, is as essential to the organization as maintaining operational readiness.   References: CAPR 30-1 - Organization of Civil Air Patrol, CAPR 190-1 - Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs Program


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Last reviewed/updated on 27 July 2021

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