Col. Francis S. Gabreski Squadron 

Character Development

The "Stick & Rudder"
The Col. Francis S. Gabreski Squadron
Character Development 

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Capt. Paul Ryan
(631) 472-5486
Character Development Officer
Crisis Intervention Peer

Character Development
CAP has a vital interest in the moral and 
spiritual welfare of its members.

       The Air Force's Core Values are: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all We Do.  This is more than just a slogan. The Air Force describes them as the common bond among all comrades in arms.

The core values of Civil Air Patrol are based on the Air Force and strive to establish a common set of behavioral expectations as well as a set of standards to assess member conduct. The values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect, serve as the ethical framework for CAP’s service to America.

1. Integrity: This is the very fiber of all core values; without it all other core values cannot prevail. It is the cornerstone for all that is moral and just in our society. It is more than simple honesty. It embraces other attributes such as courage, responsibility, accountability, justice, openness, self-respect, and humility. Lastly, this core value means CAP members must practice the highest standards of self-discipline.

2. Volunteer Service: CAP adopted this core value because it reflects the very essence of the organization—service to humanity. All CAP volunteers willingly give of their time, energy, and personal resources. Moreover, many have made the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives while serving the organization.  As a minimum, this core value implies a commitment on the part of all CAP members to place the organization’s purposes first and foremost. This process starts with the member’s agreement to obey the rules and regulations of CAP and the Air Force. In this regard, self-discipline is an absolute must.

3. Excellence: This core value reflects CAP’s continuous effort to be the very best, and to consistently improve its humanitarian service to America. From personal appearance to resource management, excellence must be the goal of all CAP members.

4. Respect: CAP members come from all walks of life. Therefore, it is extremely important that members treat each other with fairness and dignity, and work together as a team. To do otherwise would seriously impair CAP’s capability to accomplish the mission.

        The core values outlined above serve as the foundation for how CAP members treat one another; how they treat the recipients of CAP’s humanitarian service; and how they care for the corporate assets under their control. These basic commandments form CAP’s ethical centerline – a moral compass for the organization. If one member fails to uphold these values, then, in a way, the entire organization suffers. 

         Consider the following example: When preflighting an aircraft, the CAP pilot notices what appears to be minor damage to the leading edge of the wing. It seems like a small problem at the moment, so he disregards it and flies a cadet orientation flight. After landing, he notices the damaged area has degraded severely. Which of CAP’s core values did the pilot violate?

         Essentially, all of them were violated. Integrity was compromised, “self” was placed before “service,” excellence was ignored, and there was no respect shown for the safety of the cadet passengers.

         Character is probably the most important trait a CAP Member can attain.  Having good character as a leader means that you are following the rules and perfoming your duties in a manner that conforms with the CAP Regulations. 


Capt. Paul Ryan
Character Development Officer

c/2Lt James Mizvesky
Cadet Character Development Officer