Central New York Group recently redesigned the patch worn by Group staff members and used in Group correspondence. The patch is a result of a design contest, with Maj Earl Holdren of the F.R. Sussey squadron submitting the winning design. Click on the patch to see a high resolution version.
The heraldry behind the patch is as follows:
- The colors blue and green represent the air and the ground- where CAP missions take place.
- The outline of New York State with the CNY Group’s area highlighted designates not only our geographical location, but the yellow highlighting symbolizes the adaptability and devotion to our mission, community and members.
- The red line represents the merger of two former Groups; Rome-Utica and Syracuse.
- The color red denotes strength and excellence as a united organization ready to serve; both in the air and on the ground.
- The three stars at the top represent CAP’s three missions as chartered by Congress; Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.
- The Cessna 182 silhouette symbolizes CAP’s flying programs; Cadet Orientation flights Counter-Drug missions, and Disaster Relief/Emergency Services missions.
- The three bladed red “Propeller” symbolizes CAP’s aviation heritage and the CNY Group’s connection with the national organization.
In addition to the standard patch, a new morale patch was created, designed by C/CMSgt Kassi Schultz, also of the F.R. Sussey squadron. The morale patch features a rubber duck. As Cadet Schultz writes:
- It is generally thought to be a symbol of freedom as the duck can walk on the earth and swimin the sea as humans do, but also has the ability to soar into the sky. CAP’s Aerospace Education and Cadet Orientation Fight programs encourage members to “soar into the sky”.
- It is a symbol of resourcefulness, which no doubt defines CAP members and the CNY Group in particular.
- According to Native America mythology, It is a symbol that joins the sea and the sky, which is certainly applicable to many CAP Search and Rescue missions.
- It is a symbol of happiness and fidelity; traits every CAP member should exude.