Arlington Composite Squadron IT Update for January 2012

Happy New Year! I wanted to provide a quick Information Technology update on items of interest to the squadron.

1. I had the opportunity to provide this month’s safety briefing to the squadron and chose an IT-related topic: Geotagging. The slides I used are available on the CAP Members website at http://www.capmembers.com/safety/safety_education/. Look for the link to “Geotagging Safety.” We had a good discussion at the squadron meeting – if anyone (parents included) has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2. I also had the opportunity to give squadron members a brief tour of our website. As a reminder, the URL for the website is http://www.dc026.natcapwing.org. I invite all of you to check the website periodically for squadron news. As I said at the meeting, I am very open to inputs for the website and how to make the website better. Feel free to contact me or work through your element leaders.

3. For those of you interested in seeing Cadet Ellis’ video on the Coast Guard Orientation Flight, I have linked to his YouTube video on the website. The direct link to the post is here.

4. The National Capital Wing has put out a new supplement to CAPR 39-2 discussing the use of NatCap Google Apps. You can read the supplement online here. Of particular note is the new requirement that all senior members obtain a NatCap Google Apps account. An excerpt from the supplement:

“NatCap Apps is the wing’s official internal collaboration tool through Google Apps for Education, which includes many services, including Gmail, Docs, Calendar and many other programs secured under the natcapwg.cap.gov domain in the cloud. Active senior members and certain cadets (cadet officers, CAC representatives, and cadet commanders) assigned to Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing, including all subordinate units, will obtain a NatCap Apps user account. All other cadets and cadet sponsor members are authorized and encouraged to obtain a NatCap Apps account.”

As such, if you do not have a NatCap Apps account, I strongly recommend you apply for one at your earliest convenience. You can do so by clicking here and following the instructions.

Again, please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about this update or any IT matters for the squadron.