Florida Wing Cadet Programs News

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Charlotte County CAP Members continue Tradition of Distinction
By Maj. Earle Bretz & 2nd Lt Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer
March 14, 2018
Senior members and cadet participate in community outreach events and recognized for achievements in CAP program.
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SRQ Cadets Gain Insight into Trends of Air Warfare Technology
By Capt. AnnMarie Kozloski, Deputy Commander of Cadets
February 24, 2018
Two-day symposium and technology exposition attracts top Air Force leadership, defense and aerospace professionals and CAP members.
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Opa Locka Cadets Tour Air Ambulance Facility
By Lt. Col. Trevor Stewart, Public Affairs Officer
February 21, 2018
On Saturday, 10 February 2018, members of the Opa Locka Cadet Squadron, based at the Miami Gardens campus of the Florida Memorial University, visited the Trinity Air Ambulance facilities at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The group was led by ...
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Naples Cadet Squadron encouraged to “Get out the message!”
By 1st Lt Donald Binner, Public Affairs Officer
February 11, 2018
Group staff officer invited to squadron as guest speaker to give message about importance of CAP public affairs program. Cadets were encouraged to become a part of the effort to tell the CAP story.

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.”