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Media release submission guidelines

Public Affairs Officers are encouraged to create media releases and articles for local media publications, the Maryland Wing website, and CAP National Headquarters.

To submit to the Maryland Wing website send article electronically to Maryland Wing Public Affairs to Capt. Alice Raatjes.

1. News releases should be sent in the body of the email only. (NO PDFs please).

2. All photos should be sent as .jpg attachments — full resolution — and clearly labeled. Do not put photos in the body of a Word document or embed into the email.

3. Be sure to include captions for all photos clearly identifying each person in the photo with correct spelling and CAP grade.  We also need the name of the photographer so that proper credit can be given for their work.

4. Use the CAP media release checklist to ensure your release meets the guidelines for submission.

5. Review theCAP grade abbreviations  for CAP and military ranks. Use AP Stylebook grade abbreviations for all public products such as news articles and media releases; use CAP grade abbreviations for internal-use only products.

Submission guidelines to CAP.News are located in the Public Affairs section of eServices.


All news articles should include a Civil Air Patrol boilerplate at the end of the article. The use of Maryland Wing and local squadron boilerplate additions is highly encouraged. The following are the newest available revisions for Maryland Wing and National to use.

Visit the CAP website for the most recent national boilerplate.

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 or follow the wing on Facebook at

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 for more information.


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