USAF Terminates Air Defense Exercises with CAP

CAP Col Jayson Altieri, Bog Chair & CAP Col Richard Greenwood
Col Jayson Altieri, Bog Chair & Col Richard Greenwood

By AuxBeacon News Staff

[Editor’s Note: This story has been submitted to multiple outlets, including AuxBeacon, since before New Years. We took some time to investigate and evaluate and we find it to be a verified and significant slap in the face to current Civil Air Patrol leadership.]

Update 4 January 2017: In response to [the NOTF] inquiry to the Secretary of the Air Force’s Public Affairs Office regarding the Civil Air Patrol’s participation in the “Falcon Virgo” air defense exercises, we’ve received a response from [Capt] Brooke L. Brzozowske, an Air Force civilian, as follows: “Civil Air Patrol provides a valuable service as the Air Force Auxiliary. Furthermore, the amount of time “volunteer airmen” donate significantly reduces the cost associated with supporting exercise missions. As a result of past successes, the Air Force has expanded CAP’s support in other mission areas due to the cost effectiveness in employing the auxiliary force. In fact, the approximate monthly cost for the Falcon Virgo exercise is somewhere in the neighborhood of $12,000. This is incredibly efficient while providing a valuable resource. The Air Force Auxiliary continues to provide a significant contribution of volunteer time in support of Air Force missions.”

Brzozowske is often criticized for sidestepping the issues for which she has not only done with the USAF, but now with the CAP.   Phillip Swarts at the Air Force Times called this “sidestepping the issue,”… The Air Force does routinely issue canned statements to such accusations.

In addition to the end of Emerald Warrior exercise, the U.S. Air Force has terminated its contract with the Civil Air Patrol for Green Flag and Falcon Virgo exercises. AuxBeacon had previously received information about CAP members being sent home from Green Flag for attitude problems and this has only escalated in recent negative outbursts.

News of the Force has reported that several informants allege that the Civil Air Patrol has “botched” many of its missions supporting the U.S. Air Force’s “Falcon Virgo” air defense exercises, and that the Air Force is looking to replace the CAP in those missions.Those air defense exercises normally include U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard jet fighters, at least one CAP plane and a Coast Guard helicopter. The Air Force pays the Civil Air Patrol for each Falcon Virgo exercise that CAP participates in.

According to the CAP contract letter, this program supported two major customers.

First was the U.S. military. Because of limitations imposed on operating Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) within the United States, Civil Air Patrol developed a Surrogate RPA program. Our Cessna aircraft were modified to transmit the same information to ground stations that Predators and Reapers send. Instead of being remotely piloted, our surrogate RPAs had a live crew on board which were trained to the same standards as the crews controlling real RPA[s] in combat. From the perspective of the military ground personnel which we were utilized to train, we functioned exactly like the real RPAs they used in Iraq and Afghanistan. We gathered intelligence, simulated weapons delivery, and interacted with other air and ground assets.

Our second customer was virtually all disaster response agencies in the U.S.  Our aircraft transmitted full motion video in both color and infrared to ground locations. This video was used by emergency response planners to allocate assets as needed for rescue or recovery.

5 Comments on "USAF Terminates Air Defense Exercises with CAP"

  1. You should be aware that the Civil Air Patrol was not used, once again, for aerial surveys of storm damage in Albany, Georgia this month. CAPers got to watch The Albany Flying Club provide journalists the grand tour from the air. See link.

    Little Richard Greenwood, the Georgia Wing Ding, has appointed himself Incident Commander for the press coverage and has sent two ground teams into the area this morning from Sandy Springs and Columbus.

    You guys should investigate this.

  2. More info for your collection. We know you will treat this story with respect for Megan High Bear.

    On Sunday evening, AFRCC (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center) terminated the Civil Air Patrol’s participation in a search effort to find a missing man from Eagle Butte, SD.

    Over the course of 4 days, 5 CAP aircraft flew 14 sorties and 40 hours in the search area. There were 4 CAP incident commanders and 3 South Dakota CAP Wing members liaised on the ground with [respected] tribal officials.

    South Dakota Wing Commander CAP Col David Small expressed his appreciation for those who participated.

  3. It’s no wonder agencies don’t contact CAP any more.

    Today a twitter post from CAP NHQ touted how CAP saved more lives. If you read the post ( you were led to believe CAP did it all, with very little help from others. CAP set up the joint incident command, they called the shots, they sent out the search planes and even did the rescue. CAP claimed that their radar analysis made it possible for this very rapid safe search to happen. Well done CAP?

    Years ago, I would have believed this and might have even repeated the urban legend. I might have told the cadets and senior in the squadron of CAP’s heroic deeds.

    If you Google “garfield county air crash” a very different picture of this Colorado event emerges. There was another plane in the area. KKCO news interviewed the other pilot who spotted the wreckage and contacted air traffic control.

    Other articles quote the Garfield County Sheriff consistently about who really ran the search (he did) and how other agencies helped out, including the two medical choppers that made the rescue (only briefly mentioned by CAP news release). The sheriff listed a lot of agencies that did help in a joint operations command, but, what? Did NOT mention CAP in ANY news release.

    The ONLY mention of CAP is in CAP’s news release. One news outlet actually used the CAP release, for a while, and then posted a follow-up with the facts. Don’t believe me? Go look yourself. Compare the CAP “news” with a dozen or more news reports. This is pathetic. CAP makes it sound like they did it all. No wonder agencies won’t call CAP. We lie. We take credit away from people who actually do the work and risk their lives.

    Did CAP launch any aircraft? Not according to any news release. Yet, the CAP release quotes a CAP incident commander who takes credit for it all. This is the cult mentality. The sad part is our OWN people need to lie and take credit to keep the cult alive and keep luring in more people who are brainwashed into thinking we’re really something.

    We wear bling and make-believe uniforms so people will see us and think we are “every day heroes” (NHQ website) and yet we are everyday frauds. Most of us are just duped into paying dues and buying expensive uniforms to further fund the NHQ nest. I am starting to learn this is one big falsehood. Yes CAP does some good some places. But now, every time I read of CAP’s involvement, I will want a second source. I no longer trust CAP leaders or the PR machine that is really pushing false news.

  4. The majority of the reports provided on AuxBeacon are about Civil Air Patrol airplane crashes, FAA violations, child molestation, fraud and commander coverups that have been vetted and reported in the daily press with links as proof.

    I know from being up and down the Halls of Maxwell, that the paranoia is that all of this shameful abuse is finally being collected in a single location for Congress, the US Air Force, parents and the public.

    Cadets are not stupid. Any commander telling them that the AuxBeacon stories aren’t true, is instantly revealed to be a lying shill for a corrupt and heavily blackmailed CAP command structure.

  5. I heard this from a commander’s call meeting recently. The CAP accuses Aux Beacon and their stories of being total lies. If that were so, why wouldn’t they have asked one of the 200+ lawyers they have on board to file a lawsuit?

    The reason is that they are aware their are hundreds of credible witnesses that have left in disgust or were forced out to back up what Aux Beacon is saying. Filing a defamation lawsuit would be opening up Pandora’s Box, bringing witnesses to the stand in a public trial, testifying under oath, backing up what Aux Beacon has said and much worse.

    Aux Beacon has just started to scratch the surface from what I can tell. There’s enough material for Aux Beacon to do tens of thousands of truthful stories of the abuse and crime that has and is going on! I commend those at Aux Beacon who are taking a stand against those who are wicked in the CAP.

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