4 - "The
LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down
in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores
my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His names
sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for He is with me; His rod and His staff, they
Morris Courtright is a Deputy Chief Director of Military & Civil
Air Patrol chaplaincy. Chaplain Courtright works with the US department
of defense helping get military chaplains endorsed into the military.
Courtright, is a Lt Col. in the Civil Air Patrol, Arizona Wing Chaplain
assisted at the Change of Command Ceremony by holding the Bible
while the incoming Arizona Wing Commander was sworn in by the outgoing
commander and then passed the Wing colors from the old commander
to the new.
Courtright was presented with his cross insignia as a Chaplain in
the Civil Air Patrol by Wing Chaplain Steven Rountree at an Arizona
Wing Commanders Call at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.
He will be working with the Tucson Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB
and says "his primary goal is to promote character development
and provide moral guidance to the Cadet members of the squadron."
In addition he will be working with Wing Chaplain Rountree to develop
a series of recorded Character Development sessions for use by member
in units in remote areas of Arizona.
A CAP Chaplain occupies a unique role in that he serves the needs
of a large body of senior and cadet members who come from varied
religious traditions, including those who have no personal religious
CAP is a nonprofit organization with more than 64,000 members nationwide.
It performs 95% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions
as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers
also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug
missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The
members take a leading role in Aerospace Education and serve as
mentors to the almost 27,000 young people currently participating
in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America
for over 60 years.
Air Patrol Background Information: The Civil Air Patrol performs
three main functions emergency services, aerospace education, and
cadet training. The Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1, 1941. During
World War II, its principal purpose was to allow private pilots
and aviation enthusiasts to use their light aircraft and flying
skills in civil defense efforts. In 1943, the organization came
under control and direction of the Army Air Forces. Civil Air Patrol
became a permanent peacetime institution July 1, 1946, when President
Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 476 establishing it as a federally
chartered, benevolent, civilian corporation.
May 1948, Public Law 557 made the organization the official auxiliary
of the Air Force. This law, known as the CAP Supply Bill, authorized
the Secretary of the Air Force to assign military and civilian personnel
to liaison offices at all levels of CAP.
youre a member of the clergy, Civil Air Patrol offers a unique
opportunity for you. When you join CAP Chaplain Services, you become
part of the largest all-volunteer chaplaincy in the world. CAP chaplains
support U.S. Air Force active-duty and reserve chaplains, particularly
during times of war when military personnel are deployed.
chaplains also assist other national relief organizations in times
of disaster and minister to victim families and emergency workers.
Leaders in CAP Chaplain Services receive training in Critical Incident
Stress Management, a key area of concern with our current threats
to homeland security.
Services: CAP's emergency services include air and ground search
and rescue, disaster relief and civil defense for natural disasters.
Its members fly approximately 85 percent of the search and rescue
mission hours directed by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination
Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Civil Air Patrol was credited
with saving 89 lives in 1999.
Nov. 14, 1985, CAP agreed to assist the U.S. Customs Service in
its counterdrug efforts by flying air reconnaissance missions along
U.S. boundaries. In early 1989, similar agreements were made with
the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Forest Service.
CAP participation only involves reconnaissance, transportation and
communications support. Members do not carry firearms, make arrests
or give chase to suspected drug traffickers. In 1999, CAP aircrews
flew more than 6,500 missions in support of the nation's war against
consists of approximately 26,000 cadets and more than 35,000 adult
volunteers. They wear the Air Force uniform, but with distinctive
CAP emblems and insignia. Members operate more than 3,700 privately
owned aircraft and 530 CAP aircraft and more than 950 CAP ground
vehicles in support of the organization's programs.
chaplains play an important role in this process. CAP offers its
chaplains training in all aspects of volunteer service, from conducting
military funerals to pastoral counseling.
become a CAP chaplain, you must be a fully qualified member of the
clergy of your religious group with the appropriate educational
background. Our chaplains come from all religious faith groups and
include priests, ministers, rabbis, elders and imams. You must be
qualified spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally to
serve as a volunteer chaplain. You must be sensitive to religious
pluralism and committed to the free exercise of religion.
- Your love for one another will prove to
the world that you are my disciples.
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