Florida Wing Cadet Programs News

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Civil Air Patrol Presents Awards to Senator Stargel and Representative Combee
By Capt. Sybrian Castleman, CAP, Director Public Affairs
August 11, 2017
The Florida Wing of Civil Air Patrol recognized sponsors of the Civil Air Patrol Leave Act in the Florida legislature. The Act provides certain employment protections for CAP members who are absent from the workplace due to service or training with t ...
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Civil Air Patrol South Lakeland Composite Squadron Cadets Excel at CFAA
By 2nd Lt. James W. Chamberland, Sr., CAP Public Affairs Officer
August 11, 2017
South Lakeland Composite Squadron Cadets’ C/SMSgt Jake Chamberland and C/A1C Justin Grenkowski attended the week long Air Force JROTC Leadership Camp conducted at Lakeland's Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The program was an opportunity for new i ...
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Fruit Cove Cadets Graduate from Hawk Mountain SAR School
By Maj. Dennis Maloney, Public Affairs Officer
July 28, 2017
Members of Fruit Cove Cadet Squadron keep alive squadron tradition for attending Pennsylvania search and rescue school.
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Charlotte County Honor Guard Takes Lead at Minor League Game
By SM Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer
July 25, 2017
Cadets in the Honor Guard program are trained to meet a high-level of professionalism and be “driven to excel by a strong sense of dedication, patriotism, love for my fellow man, God, Country, and Civil Air Patrol”.
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information.

75th Cadet Year

Even before the Civil Air Patrol completed its first year of service to the nation, CAP leaders recognized that to truly fulfill its mission, it needed to “extend the opportunities for service . . . to the young people of the United States.” And so on 1 October 1942, CAP created a Cadet Program. National Commander Earle Johnson urged every squadron and flight to “take prompt action in organizing a counterpart (cadet) unit for the young people of its community.”
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