In a video message to all CAP members, National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith addressed several topics including:
- How CAP is part of a broad effort to develop more pilots who can help meet the aircrew shortage the Air Force is facing.
- His participation in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Gen. Smith called these two items “bookends” because CAP is supported by funding from the Air Force at a national level and fundraisers like Wreaths Across America at the squadron level. Between those two, Gen. Smith said, there is an opportunity for members to consider CAP when making decisions about end-of-year charitable donations.