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HISTORIANS REPORT 2009 “ History is just not old stuff anymore ” HISTORIANS OFFICE - CAP NHQ Colonel Leonard A. Blascovich, CAP National Historian Heading up the research team to locate a permanent home and Museum for CAP History and archives

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historians report 2009


“History is just not old stuff anymore”

colonel leonard a blascovich cap national historian
Colonel Leonard A. Blascovich, CAP National Historian
  • Heading up the research team to locate a permanent home and Museum for CAP History and archives
  • Working on an in-depth history of the relationship of CAP and the USAF since before 1947 to the present.
  • Completed monograph that covers the history of the CAP/USAF Uniform 1951 to present.
  • History of the CAP’s Board Of Governers
  • Working on the true and factual history of CAP Grade structure and wearing the same as the military and its impact on USC 10 & USAF
  • In the final stages of the CAP Unit Citation Database.
  • Designed of CAP Honor Guard Badge
  • Displays at Waco Museum in Ohio of CAP WW2
  • Displays at Long Island Maritime Museum CP 17 WW2
  • Working legal issues on who owns CAP history, photographs and artifacts
  • Working with Jack Faas, Chairman of the CAP Historical Foundation to develop its public awareness program.
  • Completed an in depth inventory of CAP National Archives
  • We now possess the largest collection of CAP Memorabilia and WW-II documentation in the USA.
ltc todd engleman cap assistant national historian
LTC Todd Engleman, CAPAssistant National Historian
  • Met with staff at National Museum  of USAF (Wright-Patt) to locate old CAP display.  Currently in “revolving collection” (i.e. – in storage), and not on display.  Eventually hope to restore it and have it placed on permanent display (possibly in presidential gallery under the two suspended CAP aircraft).
  • Scanned and organized CAP historical documents for publication/research.
  • Gathered research data on coastal wreck survey from NOAA.  Hoping to locate WWII German submarines, with eventual intent to identify those sunk by CAP.
  • Submitted draft CAP Pamphlet on historical preservation (tentatively CAPP 8) to NHQ/HO staff for review.
  • Visited OKWG HQ at Tinker AFB and met with historian. 
  • Transferred to NHQ historical staff as Asst. Nat’l Historian.
  • Assisted Curator with data on WWII CAP munitions used for Coastal Patrol aircraft.
  • Attended OHWG conference.
  • Coordinated for Robert Arn (WWII subchaser) promotion to Colonel and DSM. 
  • Conducted oral history interview with COL Robert Arn.  Planning follow-on home visit in January.
  • Took over records of NB members from WWII to present from Len Blascovich
  • Submitted sketch of Chaplain 60th anniversary coin to Jim Shaw for input.
  • Contacted Chaplain Woodard about 60th Anniversary.
  • Began CAP 70th Anniversary designs.
  • Located full NOAA wreck database identifying known ship and airplane wreck sites off US east coast.  Will use this to compare with known CAP information.
  • Met with Curator of VA Museum in Dayton, OH.
  • Began draft of CAPP 5 revision (superseding older CAPP 5 and CAPP 6) for Oral and Written Histories
  • Completed tasks for master rating in historian specialty track. (CAPF 2A attached)
  • Writing revision to Lee Regan’s Collector’s Catalog (1985).
  • Online research on other organizations (NOAA, AOPA, others) to identify connections with CAP and locate documentation.
  • Researching biographical information about the founders of CAP.
  • Researching organizations that pre-dated CAP and became part of it in 1941.
  • Scanning historical documents from private collection into OCR capable files for easier future research.
  • Research into OH Civil Air Guard.
  • Compiling Medal of Valor information and citations for future publication.
major james shaw cap national curator
Major James Shaw, CAP National Curator
  • Created glass chess board for Major General Bowling, Colonel Hodgkins.
  • Provided CAP Historical Graphics CD (1.2GB) to: Wing & Region Historians.
  • Proposed newer version of Homeland Security Ribbon and Medal
  • Recruited 4 new members for CAP Medal of Valor Association.
  • Interviewed former GAWG Cadet Merhert (C/2nd Lt. 1956-1961)
  • Created and printed 300 custom posters with squadron name and new CAP website information on them.
  • Custom designed new version of Eyes of the Home Skies Poster for reproduction and sale through Historical Foundation.
  • Attended GAWG Conference and took personal CAP collection for conference display.
  • CAP Presentation at Westover High School for career day’ -Live Oak Elementary for Aviation Explorer week
  • CAP and Model Rocketry Class at Avalon United Methodist Church - Boy Scout Pack 11- AWANA meeting for Leesburg Baptist Church. Chart and Map reading class at Boy Scout Baloo Family Weekend Lee County Elementary School
  • Attended GAWG Unit Commanders Course.
  • Proposed design for National Staff Badge for National Commander
  • Lead effort to have Col. Ben Stone of GAWG inducted into Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. He is on ballot for 2010 inclusion.
  • Created and printed 300 book markers and poster for sale of CAPHF items at NB 2009
  • Published historical guideline and presented at NB 2009
  • Assisted in the publication of CAP Historical Book by Lt Col Perrenot
  • Designed challenge coin for Wreaths Across America and Drug Demand Reduction program.
  • Assisted with the legality of CAP picture rights.
  • Edited CAP historical manual for Lt. Col Todd Engelman
  • Presented Model Rocketry Class
  • Provided historical foundation with music CD to use for fund raising.
  • Acquired Coastal Patrol Base 11 scrapbook.
  • Created two custom glass presentation pieces for Curry family members.
  • Completed test for Senior Safety Officer aircraft ground handling test Master Safety Officer
  • Created custom Curry Awards presentation crystals. crystal eagle for foundation donor
  • Currently working on Kruse Museum panels.
ltc axel ian ostling cap archivist historian researcher
LTC Axel Ian Ostling, CAP Archivist-Historian & Researcher
  • Team member to locate a permanent home and Museum for CAP History and archives
  • Key member of the CAP Preservation Team
  • Working on scanning the CAP Colonel Personnel records 1946-to 1980 and developing a database for this information
  • Research for the CAP aircraft at the New England Air Museum (the historically significant Sikorsky S-39 amphibian and a Stinson 10-A from the Coastal Patrol) and developing a new CAP exhibit at the NEAM.
  • Developed a document describing the CAP exhibits at NEAM for the Museum at Lantana, Florida, where CAP had a Coastal Patrol base in WW II.
  • Working with another museum volunteer on an upgrade in the CAP exhibit at NEAM since adding the Stinson 10-A to the Sikorsky S-39B
  • Training the NEAM docents on Civil Air Patrol (history and current operations).
  • Completed an in depth inventory of CAP National Archives
ltc allan f pogorzelski cap archivist historian researcher
LTC Allan F. Pogorzelski, CAPArchivist-Historian Researcher
  • Researching the CAP- NCO History, and rank structure 1941-1991
  • Supporting New York Wing Historical collection
  • Researching the who, what, and where of CAP’s U-boat sinking’s.
  • Heraldry Advisor for CAP Awards and Decorations.
  • Working with Congresswoman Anita Lowe for recognition for CAP WW2 Member to be awarded the American Defense Medal
  • Researching the history behind the Unit Citation design and awards
ltc joan c follender cap historical aerospace education officer
LTC Joan C. Follender, CAP Historical Aerospace Education Officer
  • Completed a Program and associated test that covers CAP’s historical points as outline in the Flying Minuteman one that seniors and cadets can take on-line.
  • Successfully completion with be recognized by the “Brigadier General Earl L. Johnson, USAAF” History Achievement Certificate
major geraldine ostling cap historian public affairs
Major Geraldine Ostling, CAPHistorian-Public Affairs
  • Developing methods and procedures' with list of specific contacts that might have avenues’ of educational and corporate sponsorships.
  • Whereupon CAP Historians would be able to work with colleges & universities along with industry and foundations for money, grants and/or supporting research for CAP History.
  • Coordinate with the CAP Historical Foundation to avoid counter productivity.