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Civil Air Patrol (U.S.)

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CAP National Commander

[Civil Air Patrol National Commander's flag] image by Dean Thomas, 23 January 2004

At a CAP activity at the USAF Academy, the CAP Commander, BGEN Bobick attended the graduation parade. A cadet behind him was holding a special flag. This flag is used by all current and past national commanders of CAP (All are BGEN's as that is the only way a CAP officer can acquire that rank - if he or she is the national commander of CAP). CAP is the auxiliary of the USAF and as such, all uniform items and emblems have to be approved by the USAF. The flag picture is based on my recollection of what the flag looks like. It has a gold fringe and the CAP seal is embroidered in the top left corner. The white star is more toward the lower fly of the flag (definitely NOT centered). The shade of blue is the same as that for other USAF Flag Officers flags.
Dean Thomas, 13 January 1999

In 2002, the United States Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol agreed that from 2003, the National Commander of CAP would hold the rank of Major-General, with the Vice-Commander holding the rank of Brigadier-General. Because of this, a new flag for the National Commander was inaugurated. It consists of two stars on a blue field, denoting the rank insignia worn by a Major-General. The CAP seal is retained and is located in the top left corner of the flag. The Vice-Commander uses the single-starred flag to denote his rank.
Dean Thomas, 23 January 2004

CAP Vice Commander

[Civil Air Patrol Vice Commander's flag] image by Dean Thomas, 13 January 1999