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Civil Air Patrol Maj Roy Kauer Honored by the FAA as Instructor of the Year

February 15, 2022

FLINT, MICHIGAN - The FAA honored CAP Maj Roy Kauer on Feb. 9 at a ceremony at Flint Bishop International Airport. Pat Ryan and Don Brown of the FAA recognized Maj Kauer as the 2021 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year for both the East Michigan Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and the entire State of Michigan.

Speakers at the event included CAP National Commander Maj Gen Edward Phelka, CAP Michigan Wing Commander Col Chris Ballard, and fellow Michigan Wing glider tow pilot Maj Steve Duquette, as well as many others who have flown with, or been influenced by, Maj Kauer. They spoke as his students, commanders, colleagues, and friends. Attendees were present both in-person and remotely over an interactive web broadcast.

Maj Kauer is a member of the Flint Bishop Airport Senior Squadron, which he commanded from 2018 to 2021. He now serves the squadron as the professional development officer and squadron noncommissioned officer (NCO). He has a long history of service with CAP as an instructor pilot, check airman, and glider tow pilot serving both Michigan Wing's day-to-day operations and major training initiatives like the Johnson Flight Academy in Mattoon, Illinois.


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Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Both live and virtual attendees were present at the ceremony to celebrate and give commendations. Maj Roy has been, and continues to be a valuable resource to senior members and cadets of CAP across the Michigan Wing, for training and flight instruction.

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