Florida Wing Cadet Programs News

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Venice Cadets explore STEM Through Air Force Outreach Program
By Capt. Madeline Kirsten, Commander
May 16, 2018
STEM kits provided by annual program offers unique learning experiences that enhance current CAP educational curriculum and programs.
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SRQ Squadron Hosts Open House to Attract New Members
By C/MSgt Putman, Cadet Public Affairs Officer
May 16, 2018
The Civil Air Patrol SRQ Composite Squadron held an open house and welcomed more than 25 new visitors.
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Change of Command At Charlotte County Cadet Unit
By 2nd Lt. Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer
May 16, 2018
The banner of leadership for cadets at Charlotte County's FL051 was passed forward during the time-honored change of command ceremony.
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CAP Member Austin Alonso’s Courageous Battle With Brain Cancer
By Capt. Parris M. Sepe
May 15, 2018
An update on Austin Alonso's uphill battle after being diagnosed with a tumor on his brain stem, including all the challenges.
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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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