Congresswoman Tenney Unaware of Rampant Abuse in Civil Air Patrol

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By Madison County Courier

Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) authored a letter with the support of more than 40 members of Congress calling for continued funding of the Civil Air Patrol in the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget. The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary force of the U.S. Air Force, plays a key role in supporting both defense and homeland security operations throughout the nation. Among its many functions, the Civil Air Patrol trains interceptor pilots and unmanned aerial vehicle operators, and responds to a range of federal emergency situations.

In a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Tenney requested a continuation in funding to allow the Civil Air Patrol to remain fully operational, as well as additional funding to cover necessary upgrades that the Civil Air Patrol must make to meet emerging missions…

The full text of the letter is as follows:

The Honorable Kay Granger

Subcommittee on Defense
House Committee on Appropriations
H-405, the U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Peter Visclosky
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Defense
House Committee on Appropriations
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,

We write today in support of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and to respectfully request consideration of our funding request for Fiscal Year 2018. We request $30.8 million for CAP’s operations and maintenance account, $10.6 million for aircraft procurement, and $1.7 million for vehicle procurement. CAP plays an integral role in supporting critical defense and homeland security missions. As the Air Force’s official auxiliary force, investments in CAP contribute to enhancing our overall defense posture and augmenting our nation’s air superiority.

The requested funding for CAP’s operations and maintenance account would amount to a $2.8 million increase over the previous fiscal year while the requested amount for aircraft procurement represents a $300,000 increase. The increase for CAP’s operations and maintenance account is critical due to a federal stipulation requiring all aircraft within the United States to upgrade to ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) by 2020. Currently, CAP maintains 550 aircraft, and upgrade costs are estimated to range from $6,172 to $6,626 per aircraft. In addition, this funding would support necessary cyber security upgrades as well as the replacement of non-repairable radios that are critical to sustaining CAP’s lifesaving operations. Without this increase in funding, CAP’s ability to respond to emergency situations could be severely diminished.

To maintain a functional and responsive fleet, sustained funding for CAP’s aircraft and vehicle procurement programs is also important. A $300,000 increase in CAP’s aircraft procurement will enable CAP to purchase up to 15 additional Cessna 182/206. These low-cost aircraft will provide advanced capabilities in emergency response situations and ensure that CAP remains capable of undertaking increasingly complex missions in the future. Similarly, the $1.7 million in CAP’s vehicle procurement account will enhance overall mission readiness. The funds will be used to replace aging vans, pickup trucks and SUVs that support a range of operational and emergency missions as well as cadet programs each week in more than 1,500 communities across the country.

CAP’s all-volunteer force of 56,000 provides a solid return on investment. CAP aircraft cost on average $165 per hour to operate, compared to military aircraft that cost thousands. In Fiscal Year 2016, for example, CAP saved the Air Force about $10 million in search and rescue costs, $3 million in air defense training costs, and $500,000 in military aircraft escort costs. In total, the time and resources CAP’s all-volunteer force of professionals contributed last year was more than $167 million nationwide, which amounts to a more than 4 to 1 return on investment.

The range of missions undertaken by CAP are vital to supporting our local communities. In 2016, for example, CAP saved 29 lives using state-of-the-art search and rescue aircraft along with ground search teams. Today, CAP is also helping to train interceptor pilots and unmanned aerial vehicle operators under realistic conditions, supports aerial observation missions and counterdrug operations, provides aerial photo reconnaissance to FEMA, and assists regularly in forest fire patrols. CAP’s weekly youth and aerospace education programs have also introduced thousands of young students to aviation and the importance of national service. Its outstanding youth, citizenship and educational programs reach 24,000 young adults, known as CAP cadets, providing schools with STEM education materials and workshops to train America’s youth for the future.

For 75 years, CAP’s all volunteer force has selflessly served America in times of war and peace. To enable CAP to continue undertaking its mission, we ask that the organization continue to receive robust support from Congress. We thank you for in advance for consideration of this request and stand ready to answer any questions you may have.

Rep. Claudia Tenney
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty
Rep. Michael McCaul
Rep. Collin C. Peterson
Rep. John Katko
Rep. Daniel W. Lipinski
Rep. Don Young
Rep. Julia Brownley
Rep. Walter B. Jones
Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr.
Rep. Don Bacon
Rep. Robin L. Kelly
Rep. Gregg Harper
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II
Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Mike Coffman
Rep. Albio Sires
Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D.
Rep. Tim Walz
Rep. Tom Marino
Rep. Ron Kind
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
Rep. Ryan A. Costello
Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
Rep. Ann Wagner
Rep. Bill Foster
Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Rep. Jacky Rosen
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch
Rep. Peter Welch
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Rep. William R. Keating
Rep. Peter T. King
Rep. James P. McGovern
Rep. David Rouzer

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8 Comments on "Congresswoman Tenney Unaware of Rampant Abuse in Civil Air Patrol"

  1. The way the CAP ruined my nephew, we decided to take a stand this year. We worked our tail off to let voters know about Tenney and her support for the corrupt CAP. My family, my brother’s family, our friend’s families all voted against her. We got the word out in Tenney’s (our) district big time. Our effort paid off since it looks like she is going to lose the election.

    And doesn’t the CAP forbid CAP members to campaign in uniform. See link below.

    “Two high school students in Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary uniforms, both interns in Tenney’s campaign office, came to the party. Cory Mangine of Hamilton and Abigail Wile of Cassville are hoping Tenney will help them get into the Naval Academy.”

    • We voted against her too. On the surface Civil Air Patrol seems like a really good idea, but when u are actually in it, you find its evil dark side. I’d advise anyone interested in the CAP, to review the stories here very carefully.

  2. Avatar TenneyFlakeOut | March 1, 2018 at 00:16 | Reply

    Maybe you could do another story on our NY-22 Congresswoman and Civil Air Patrol member Claudia Tenney who seems to have come unglued. She recently stated in an interview that “It’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn’t talk about that.”

    In response, Richard L. Hanna who is Tenney’s GOP NY-22 predecessor told WIBX radio in Utica that Tenney’s original comments amounted to “hate speech” and that she should apologize for them.

    As someone who has been through ALL OF CAP’s CORPORATE leadership and ethics training, I think Rep Hanna was on to something when he stated that

    “The Republican Party had gone to the far extremes on social issues. They’ve become judgmental and sanctimonious and authoritarian on their approach to people.”

    Tenney’s behavior and statements along with those she is sucking up to, are going to cause our nation to be weakened even further as a result of extreme swings of backlash that will happen in response.

  3. Avatar Anonymous | May 7, 2017 at 01:34 | Reply

    CAP is generally a good orgaization. There’s the potential for being a great group if it were not for poor leadership. Our squadron just had it’s SUI and we kind of failed in some areas. The IG injected a lot of personal opinions and when we tried to explain that we should be only held to the standard in the guide NHQ publishes, the comments fell on deaf ears. We are pretty discouraged.
    The downside is that we are left hanging and it’s our problem and our fault. It did no good to show the IG that we had requested help from wing staff in many areas and got no help and in most cases not even a response to email.
    It would go a long way in CAP to have wing and region and national accountable for help or lack of help. If our squadron fails, the blame is centered on us poor folk doing the best we can and actually trying to accomplish the program. We look at wing staff people who don’t attend regular meetings and seldom or never visit squadrons. They give themselves awards and kudos and igore us and just send us demands and directives.
    Wouldn’t it be great if the wing commander AND the squadron commander were accountable for SUI results. I was told the regions are not even inspected at all. So they can create a policy for everyone in every squadron to follow but the region is exempt because no one inspects them.
    I have read news articles about military commanders being tossed out when subordinate units do stuff wrong. Not in CAP. Generally it seems that poor squadron commanders become wing commanders or even people become wing or region commanders without any significant command experience. And they just do their time, collect their medals and then move on to inflict their opinions on someone else. They are not held accountable they are not inspected at region and there is very little oversight of staff at region. The wing staff might get inspected once every four years but I was told these inspections are done with lots of winks and nods and nothing is really checked besides just lip service. So it’s a do nothing deal for wings and espeially for regions.
    Now our squadron is scrambling to fix stuff and it seems to be to just satisfy a wing IG’s opinions of how it should be done. We tried to point out what a regulations said and we were told we need to go beyond the regs.
    It’s no wonder we have elected officials looking at CAP and supporting it because all they see is the uppler level crust and there is no accountable people.
    It is topsy turvey. the squadrons should be the primary focus and if wings and regions staff don’t help make the program better and keep ignoring requests for help they should be gone.

  4. “Wayne Ralph Cleary, III, son of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney was accepted to the United States Naval Academy in 2009, and later graduated in 2013. A senior at New Hartford Senior High School, his activities included: Civil Air Patrol…”

    Congresswoman Tenney,

    As a hard working tax payer, why do you feel the need to pay back the favor when there is rampant abuse, pedophiles, embezzlement, misconduct, FWA, etc in the CAP???

    Why don’t you ask the CAP cadet victims of convicted child molesters Greenberg, Governale, etc that were covered up for years in the CAP organization?

    What if this happened to your son?

  5. “We’re really thrilled and I’m just looking forward to really standing for the people who haven’t been represented,” Tenney said.

    We would like as many people to be aware of Tenney’s actions as possible, before she is up for re-election in 2018. We need to get special interest favors out of politics. “Thanks” for putting photo ops ahead of your constituents, Congresswoman. It will be remembered at the polls.

  6. Avatar Sword of Damocles | April 20, 2017 at 23:32 | Reply

    In this day and age of satellite tracking, GPS, and other clever-dick methods of finding those who couldn’t be found in the past other than a bleeping ELT, what’s it good for? I mean the methods I learnt as an aircrew member (scanner/observer), interacting with a Ground Team composed (probably) mostly of cadets who are having fun tromping round the wilderness in BDU’s (and there’s nothing wrong with that, to paraphrase Seinfeld, a show I never liked anyway), directing them hither and yon, hoping to find a downed aircraft with passengers alive.

    Very often Law Enforcement/First Responders think CAP is “in the way.” GA pilots on airports think CAP is “in the way.” Hell, even the AIR FORCE, those that know about CAP anyway, think CAP is…not so much “in the way,” but “wanting to be in the Air Force when they’re really not,” which leads back to the shopworn stories about trolling for salutes…

    About 10 years ago a former LO/State Director, one Lieutenant Colonel M.M., AFRES, RET, attended the meeting of my then-squadron. He basically told us that in the eyes of the Air Force, all that the Big Blue Machine was really concerned with was cadets (again, warm bodies through the “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here” gates of Lackland AFB) and that our role as “seniors” was to shepherd them along as mentors so they could “get their Mitchell and get their E-3 when they finish BMT.” There are other ways for an enlistee in the AF, AFRES and ANG to get E-3 (being Eagle Scout and signing up for a six-year hitch among them), but I digress.

    I didn’t want to admit it then, in fact, I was pretty pissed-off at the good Lieutenant Colonel, a nice bloke as it ‘happens, but in retrospect he may be right.

    CAP may remain relevant by focusing on doing what he said – focusing on cadets, as the Young Marines, and the Navy Sea Cadets (who seemed to do everything in their power to not let me in) do. Reduce the airplane fleet to the minimum needed to conduct cadet O-rides (like the Royal Canadian Air Cadets) and maybe minimalist ES backup.

    That would certainly piss off the senior squadrons. After all, I was a member of one of those, and if you weren’t a pilot, you were “excess baggage,” and most of them had to be downright browbeaten into having anything to do with cadets…

  7. Tenney just lost my vote.

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