An overview of Civil Air Patrol’s 75-year history is on display through mid-December in the Pentagon in the form of six graphic display panels showcasing the organization’s development from its mid-1930s roots to the present.
The 80-by-33-inch panels are displayed on the walls of the Pentagon’s second deck, between corridors 9 and 10 facing in toward the B Ring, in conjunction with CAP’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of its founding Dec. 1, 1941.
The CAP National History Program prepared the panels earlier this year. Layout and storyboarding was orchestrated by Col. Frank A. Blazich Jr., with graphic design digital artwork by Capt. Erik Koglin. Capt. Colleen McCormick provided editing and imagery support. The panels chronicle CAP's history in a chronological and thematic fashion:
- Origins: 1936-1941
- World War II: 1942-1949
- Cold War: 1950-1973
- Evolving Missions: 1976-2000
- New Millennium: 2001-Present
- Congressional Gold Medal: Dec. 10, 2014
The panels are available to all members for download. In addition, Koglin developed them into a set of six 36-by-24 posters, suitable for display in a variety of settings.