Geiss said he has faced many challenges in meeting and exceeding the Air Force’s energy goals, including trying to do long-term planning with a budget process that is short-term in nature, and dealing with a culture in which airmen assume there will always be plenty of fuel regardless of the cost.
“We were able to institute an awareness of energy usage and cost, and now pilots are some of our greatest champions because they understand the importance of energy to what they do,” said Geiss. “We need the individual to engage on these issues in order to be successful, and our goal is to give them the tools and the knowledge to be able to do that.”
Geiss, who was named the National Capital Wing’s Public Affairs Officer of the Year in 2012, worked as a CAP liaison in the District of Columbia Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency for Hurricane Sandy and the 2013 Presidential inauguration. He has participated in six CAP homeland security missions supporting air defense exercises in the national capitol region.
The Washington Post featured Geiss’ award in an Oct. 2 feature story by Robert McCartney,
and he will appear tonight on PBS’ NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.
“CAP is a tremendous resource for our nation,” he said. “I come from a heritage of first responders … helping my community is in my blood.”
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
CAP, an all-volunteer service of more than 61,000 members, was founded 70 years ago on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World...
U.S. Air Force auxiliary officially celebrates its 71st anniversary.