By Mother Cupboard | AuxBeacon News Contributor
[Editor’s Note: This is one of the better member summaries provided to us to date. Any underlining, emphasis and linking is the work of our editors and not the original author.]
Dear CAP Members and AuxBeacon Readers:
We are parents that have been tracking the posts on AuxBeacon since the fall of 2017. This was when our Texas Wing commander Col Sean Crandall forwarded what are now proven to be false statements made by CAP National Commander Maj Gen Mark E. Smith. We recognize this to be strong language, but we support it in the following manner.
On or just prior to 4 October 2017, Mark Smith put the following statements into writing.
Last week CAP eliminated two NHQ staff positions for efficiency reasons. Several blogs, one presumably written by a disgruntled CAP member, have responded to these personnel actions.
These blogs have a history of never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. This is again what has occurred in regard to this latest series of blogs.
As a result, NHQ has a long standing policy of ignoring information published on these blogs. They are not written by professional journalists seeking to publish accurate and balanced reporting. Past experience substantiates that attempts to correct the record and publish the facts will not be met with success.
We are firmly convinced that the people who have fed the blogs with misinformation in the past are doing so again because CAP leaders (including all of you) are working hard to change the culture and make the necessary improvements to move the organization forward.
As always, please encourage your members to disregard the anti-CAP misinformation the blogs like to spin.
The best source for real CAP news is [redacted].
Thank you for your support. Feel free to share this with your wing commanders and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mark Smith and John Salvador
So, over the better part of a year we read just about everything we could on your AuxBeacon site, backward and forward in time until now.
First, we decided to test Smith’s statement that you would “never” pass up a factually untrue but juicy story or comments in order to draw traffic. Out of three false offers (sorry about that by the way, we won’t do that again) you filtered and rejected all three. Kudos. One of our [offspring] pointed out that, for being a “General,” Mark Smith is no bullet-proof communicator.
Second, the majority of articles you have logged are in fact written by “professional journalists” and are just being echoed here to reveal trends. A few of your articles appear to be “written” by professional inspectors, investigators, and legal professionals. This too is contrary to Smith’s second claim. We cannot imagine what “balance” could possibly be added to stories on commander/pilot error, suicide, legal judgments and convictions for fraud or pedophilia.
Is this some sort of misunderstanding or do high ranking commanders in Civil Air Patrol routinely lie in violation of established military tradition and CAP-USAF Core Values?
To answer this question, we read the statements made by former CAP National Commander Charles “Chuck” Carr that were reported in the Dayton Daily News and preserved here and at Kathryn’s Report. Then we read through all the leaked CAPF 31s, AF-102s and the final Reports of Investigation that you or others so cleverly made available for the House and Senate. Two of them, ROI-NHQ-463 and ROI-NHQ-464, expose Chuck Carr as most definitely having lied to the membership through the Dayton Daily News and harming CAP investigators and informants. For those of us just coming up to speed, Carr’s bald-faced lie and other findings in CAP’s darkweb of disgrace established for a fact that the CAP National Commander would lie and even destroy records to protect themselves and to protect their puppet masters at the expense of innocent but lower ranking members.
Some of your other stories that come from members and former members, rather than “professional journalists,” all have the required video, photographs or documents to prove that the anonymously filed accusations are valid. As one example, we read the story and watched the video of another CAP National Commander Joe Vazquez and his side-kick Larry Myrick belittling Civil Air Patrol senior members behind their backs in a cadet-only break-out session. Vazquez and Myrick were hypocritically guilty of violating the CAP Core Value of Respect. That story was truly “written” for you by the cadet who thought to make the recording. Gathering irrefutable evidence is a solid indication a budding professional journalist. If you have the artwork, then an iReport is sufficient and these days a degree in journalism is no guarantee of accurate information.
We suspect that there is something much more sinister to Mark Smith’s lamenting that your all volunteer outlet is not backed by a family like a newspaper or television station from the 1960s. When we found that complaints and reports had been destroyed and that even “professional” media articles had been removed, we came to fully appreciate why you took up this project. In prior decades these local stories of Civil Air Patrol arrests or poor aircraft maintenance would never be seen by the new recruits in the revolving door. CAP members are continually distracted by new, shiny objects and false promises and have short memories and attention spans.
Turning to Smith’s statements on John Salvador, we found that you only reported that CAP Insights accused John Salvador of being a sexually harassing skirt chaser based on information he was receiving from inside CAP National Headquarters. From the days of Tony Pineda, Ray Hayden is a known entity with a postal address. If his statements were false, then John Salvador and the Civil Air Patrol would most certainly have an easy to win defamation case and thus the power to have the statements removed. Based on the US News and World Report story of concealed sexual molestation at Maxwell AFB as written by the kind of “professional journalists” that Smith prefers, the earlier 2009 cry for help out of Maxwell AFB on Sky Graffiti, and the fact that Ray Hayden’s comments are still present on CAP Insights – what should we all conclude? We’ll tell you.
We conclude that it is an indisputable fact that CAP commanders and pilots have been caught lying in the past and have committed forgery, embezzlement, theft, sexual harassment and child molestation. Specifically, based on documents and email exchanges we have seen, former National Commander Chuck Carr is provably guilty of concealing the theft of donated artifacts by the now defunct Civil Air Patrol Historical Foundation.
We conclude, from our personal experience and the degree of effort AB editors have gone to provide evidence for all accusations, that Mark E. Smith lied in stating that “the blogs” have a history of never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. We also conclude that Mark E. Smith has lied in stating that information published on your AuxBeacon blog is not written by professional journalists, as so many are copied or “aggregated” from professional sources, like this one, and this one, and this one.
You should conclude that Mark E. Smith lied about his current efforts to correct problems in Civil Air Patrol because many offending members of the past are still in positions of authority and no corrections have been issued regarding the lies told to retaliate against innocent members who attempted to head off disaster, but were ignored by those whose careless actions have, according to Smith, “drawn scrutiny and undesirable public attention, a blemish that tarnishes the credibility of everyone in CAP, not just those involved.”
We conclude that any attempts to “change the culture” of a now admittedly corrupt command and IG structure have been motivated by the impact of members reporting in here.
You should conclude that Mark E. Smith also lied about the best source of news being from the corporation approved source of [redacted]. We’ve learned much more about member arrests, convictions, drug addictions, pornographic priestesses, corruption and the emotional and physical health risk to members of Civil Air Patrol by way of AuxBeacon.org.
Finally, you should conclude that Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj Gen Mark Smith is lamenting all volunteer news logs because the CAP corporation cannot leverage member cronies to intimidate or financially punish a loosely affiliated network of anonymous victims, researchers, informants and former members.
You can run from the truth but you can’t hide. Your crimes will catch up to you.
There should be a mandatory retirement age even for CAP. These old curmudgeons that run CAP are not only out of touch with their troops, but with other generations.
The CAP is a VFR flying club for very old men.
If they were serious, they’d raise the standards just to be a member, and I guarantee they could do twice as much flying with half the aircraft.
There is a reason they won’t change the term “Senior Member”.
But it is truly amazing that we’ll take just any old SOB who totters in off the sidewalk and make him a second-by-god-lieutenant without so much as a how-do-you-do and a cursory check of his bonafides. Guy could be a complete nutjob on Prozak or something and we’d never know (as long as he’s not a sex offender, that is) until he unleashes on a cadet ‘cuz he missed his meds that day..
And for the last 7-8 years we’ve done what exactly? All we ever hear about are scandals, scandals and scandals. Enough is enough!
When our country was in need & calling, when the things for 76 plus years assigned to us in the national response plan & that we did in the world war as well as the cold war were all being assigned to newly create organizations on whom billions was spent because no one ever heard of CAP & we couldn’t do the job.
We’d grown fat & lazy since the last time we helped defend the nation & long ago wrote an attack on this country off as fantasy. When the country needed help CAP was flat on its butt & now after years have passed, we’re still down there denying reality.
It’s time to get to work & we need leadership to lead like a bat outta hell. If Smith continues to be inept, he needs to go. Same with Fedder! So far, none of us have been impressed or awe inspired by their leadership.
CAP doesn’t retain high caliber members. It’s like they recruit the same “type” of people that TSA and Homeland Security recruit (entitlement types, suck ups, low self esteem people). I’ve had the absolute worst experience in the CAP these last 8 years with corrupt Carr, passive Vazquez and snooze Smith. It’s the CAP corporate management and the people who are staffed there. Very unproven lazy people with ghetto attitudes, who care only about what they get for themselves. When my membership expires this year, I am done with the CAP.
SMH. Smith admitting that the Civil Air Patrol culture needs to be changed will be seen as a concession of weakness among those fighting to conceal all the evidence.
Smith is not loved nor is he respected. Only recently has he and the CSAG announced that absolutely no felons will be waived into the CAP any more. Does that include if the felon can afford to get their records sealed or expunged? Morale is in the toilet and you can see this in the forums.
This year’s CAP National Conference in Anaheim is only drawing 700+ people.
I attended the National Conference in Denver when I was a cadet in 1999. We had 1000 members show up. Ever since news of the Texas Cadet Murder and the FBI raid in 1999 circulated with the general public, the numbers have never been that high again with some national conferences only drawing a pitiful 600 members.
Back in Denver again for 2013, CAP only had 627 show up. I was not among them as I had learned my lesson.
When will there be an apology for the bro culture? When will it be cleaned up?
“change the culture,” he says? What is wrong with our CAP culture? NOTHING. Smith has become a snowflake.
I’m looking at the 2018 National Conference itinerary. Those who remain in the program, funding it with their dues, must really need that dosage of ribbons. After all this, they are the ones enabling the gangster culture.
There’s more going on in Texas CAP than just this forwarded pile of crap. [link removed]
Every time Smith or one of his wing turds opens a mouth, I want to give up another of their dirty secrets. Think you can use this? [link removed]
Yup. I dug into this and Smith, just two commanders who came before him, is concealing members who did dirty deeds in violation of CAP and Air Force Core Values and regulations.
You can’t “change the culture” if you are concealing the truth to the detriment of others. Two Thumbs Down
I’ll also hoist a BS flag on Smith’s claim that CAP command ignores information published on the member blogs. What was Smith going to do, just allow Basrawi, Right Atheist and Larry Julian to carry on using Civil Air Patrol logos and uniforms to support their external efforts? Smith has not forgotten that Tony Pineda was removed from command and stripped of his rank because of information that came out on the NOTF blog. Don’t listen to these people they are in big time damage control mode.
Smith wrote “CAP leaders (including all of you) are working hard to change the culture and make the necessary improvements to move the organization forward.”
That’s not true either, it isn’t all. Some guilty CAP leaders are still causing pain and suffering. Some have been involved in incidents since then. Some others have quit the program in disgust since he wrote that memo.
It is true, I have looked. The official CAP-spews site does not teach us the history of deceased CAP members David Ferry, Lee Harvey Oswald or Barry Seal. CAP-spews never showed us Chapter 12 of CAP-USAF IG Allan Stein’s book condemning CAP and dirty senators. CAP-spews doesn’t track their crashes or pedophiles. Instead of analyzing the bad decisions of the accident chain of one of their own crashes, Smith circulated an aviation accident outside of CAP. With one side of his mouth he says they need to change the culture, but then doesn’t fully own it.
OK. Enough. Name one dirty senator that had anything to do with Civil Air Patrol. I’ll be waiting.
I’m not sure who Lt. Col. Stein was talking about in his book, but the reference to ranches sounds like SWR. Here in New Hampshire, we are coming to know that Senator Styles Bridges (Route 93 from Concord north to Vermont is named after him) was a piece of shit.
In 1953, Wyoming Senator Hunt’s son was arrested in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, on a morals charge.
As a first offense, police classified it as a misdemeanor and asked his father to get his son straightened out. And there the matter stood, until Bridges and Idaho Sen. Herman Welker cooked up a scheme to use the information to get control of the Senate.
They approached Hunt and told them they would have his son prosecuted and publicize the arrest if he didn’t resign. When he refused, they made good on their threat. They threatened the prosecutor with dismissal if he didn’t take the case to trial. And they got friendly newspapers to write about Hunt’s homosexual son and his arrest.
The trial shattered Hunt, and in 1954 he announced he would not seek reelection. He then shot himself in the head in his Senate office.
I can think of a few more dirty senators like this, but who is Stein talking about? Do you know?
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
ROTFLOAO. Did you get that photoshop job from one of the Cadet Memes sites? I’m glad you wisely identified it as such. Also, I did a double take this morning to find that CAP has taken down the metal insignia photos taken by 2nd Lt. Diane Gentzke, the GA-116 Public Affairs Officer for the offending Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron?
I hope you have the original wsbtv video that shows Serafin authorizing the metal rank for broadcast. If not, be sure to grab it here before CAP works their revisionist history magic and starts telling lies again.
FINALLY someone is standing up to these people. I just sent you my sob story from 2014.
“As a result, NHQ has a long standing policy of ignoring information published on these blogs.”
CAP’s reputation and public trust are in rapid decline because of bad leaders “ignoring” the problems and NOT holding offenders accountable.