Whang named Civil Air Patrol’s 2018 Historian of the Year
August 28, 2018 — ANAHEIM, Calif. — Capt. Patrick Whang, Maryland Wing historian, was named 2018 Civil Air Patrol Historian of the Year during the national conference held in Anaheim, Calif., for his outstanding efforts as wing historian in Maryland.
Whang has revitalized the wing’s historical program in his first year as wing historian. A new member to CAP, he dove him immediately to write the 2016 Maryland Wing history, a task he accomplished on time while learning about the organization, its history, and its members. For this project, he worked with several wing staff officers who helped him locate the resources necessary to capture the important details of our wing’s history. Preparing for 2017 history, Whang put procedures in place to capture the history on a regular basis, streamlining the process for future years.
A large initiative for 2017 was Capt. Whang’s reaching out to the local community. Maryland Wing Headquarters is located on a former Nike missile base. Whang, in an effort to restore this historic site, researched potential grant opportunities. After learning that the wing campus was just barely outside the Patapsco Area Greenway Heritage area, he began a campaign to have the heritage area boundaries moved to include the wing. If successful, this would open large grant opportunities for restoration. As part of his efforts, he contacted local officials, hosting a meeting and tour of the facility, and reaching out to the community. In the process, he learned of two other local historical sites that have partnered with the wing to be included in the heritage area. This is an ongoing process that has allowed the community to learn more about the wing headquarters and the missions of CAP.
Capt. Whang also began taking oral histories of CAP members who are military veterans, submitting completed histories to the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project.
Due to the lack of wing historian for several years, Capt. Whang began to organize the wing historical archives. This required many hours of work going through countless boxes as well as dealing with new artifacts from current events and activities.
He has networked with local members of the national historical team to learn more about how the wing and national can work together, especially as the possible historical archives becomes a reality.
Capt. Whang, a former Naval officer who has a masters degree in economic history, shares his love of history with both senior members and cadets. He has initiated a history writing contest, one for cadets and one for seniors, hoping to attract interest to CAP history. He is conducting research to provide articles for CAP’s National Historical Journal.
Capt. Patrick Whang has proven himself to be an enthusiastic wing historian, determined to go above and beyond the duty assignment, help the wing progress, support and educate CAP members as well as the community, and offer help to national staff. He is determined to help Maryland Wing progress and to educate members and his community about CAP’s rich legacy.
Prior to this award, Whang was named Maryland Wing’s 2017 Historian of the Year and the 2017 Middle East Region Historian of the Year.
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit http://gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.