CAP National History Program

Our Mission

As stated in CAP Regulation 110-1, the Civil Air Patrol National History Program:

"serves to systematically collect historical data and prepare accurate, objective, impartial and useful accounts of the organization, development, administration, operations and other features of the Civil Air Patrol and its antecedents at all organizational levels. The program's principal objectives are to provide accurate historical information for CAP planning, operational and educational purposes; to preserve and disseminate the history of CAP; and to prepare and publish scholarly publications that keep the corporation, its partners, and the public informed about CAP and its missions."

Our Work

The National History Program performes a wide range of activities to preserve the organization's past and inform its present. Civil Air Patrol historians at all levels within the organization participate in the national history program by resarching and producing unit histories, historical monographs, and special studies. Some individuals give presentations on historical topics to members and the public. Some create historical resources by collecting oral histories. Others collect records and artifacts of historical significance into unit repositories and preserve and display these remnants of the past. Still others interpret CAP history through exhibits, journal articles, historical reenactment, and public affairs efforts. There are many ways to get involved, and you need not be a unit historian or even a Civil Air Patrol member in order to participate.   

Our Staff

  • National Historian: Lt Col Seth D. Hudson
    • National Historian Emeriti: Col Leonard Blascovich; Lt Col Richard Mulanax, PhD; Col Frank A. Blazich, Jr., PhD
  • Management Division
    • Assistant National Historian: Vacant
      • Education and Training Manager: Maj Timothy Bagnell
      • Social Media Managers: Capt Elias Roman Rivera, 1st Lt Jerome L. Davis
      • Website/Digital Resources Manager: Vacant
  • Col Louisa S. Morse Center for CAP History
    • Director: Col David E. Crawford
      • National Curator: Col Frank A. Blazich, Jr., PhD
      • Living History Manager: Lt Col Sean Neal
      • Oral History Manager: Capt Christopher Freeze
        • Assistant Oral History Manager: Maj Karla West
        • Senior Heraldry Manager: Maj Bernard Wilson
          • Heraldry Specialist: Maj Timothy Thornton
  • Historical Publications Division
    • Division Manager: Lt Col Kurt Efinger
      • Senior Editor: Maj Marc Henderson
      • Publishing Editor: Lt Col Douglas Jessmer
      • Graphics Editor: Maj Erik Koglin
      • Annual History Manager: Maj Christian Jacobs
      • Research (Commander Lineage): Lt Col George Berghorn
      • Research (Aircraft/Operations): Maj Susan Neal
      • Researcher (Senior Personnel/Units): Capt Vanessa Muniz-Medina
      • Researcher (Cadet Programs): Lt Col Philip Kost