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Prince William and Minuteman supports Flying Circus Balloon Festival

posted Aug 18, 2018, 9:58 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:05 AM ]

BEALETON, VA Members of Prince William and Minuteman Composite Squadrons of Group Three, Virginia Wing, are providing parking lot support for the 2018 Flying Circus Balloon Festival held in Bealeton, VA, outside of Washington, DC. Led by Cadet 2nd. Lt. Noah Graves, cadets and senior members safely directed vehicles to parking areas and welcomed members of the public to the annual event. Civil Air Patrol provides hands-on, upclose aerospace education opportunities for its membership through special community events. As a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Total Force, Civil Air Patrol is a cost-effective community partner through its three-fold mission set of emergency search and rescue, youth development, and aerospace and STEM education. To learn more about how Civil Air Patrol volunteers impact their communities, state, and our Nation, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.Special thanks to Minuteman Composite Squadron for their partnership.


To view photos form this event, please visit our Flickr site: https://flickr.com/pho…/135628606@N05/sets/72157699989739014


Photo credit to 2d. Lt. Jason Graves and cadet parent Mrs. Pinar Bahceci. Thank you for sharing!














































































Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William tours Local Airport Control Tower

posted Aug 16, 2018, 5:38 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:00 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA Over 70 members of Prince William rallied at the squadron’s operations building located on the grounds of the Manassas Regional Airport for triad aerospace education event. Cadet 2nd. Lt. Samuel Pewett and Cadet SMSgt Neha Balaji kicked off the event with a safety brief for the event activities. Members toured the control tower, listened to an airport operations brief (to include making cool paper airplanes), and explored two aircraft on static display, a Cessna 172 and a vintage O-2A Birddog owned and operated by Lt. Col. Chris Mayer of Manassas. Special thanks to 2nd. Lt. Elias Kontanis for coordinating the tower tour, to Capt. Ryan Blanding for the airport operations brief, and 2nd. Lt. Dave Sommers for staging the Cessna 172 and for sharing his expert knowledge of aircraft operations and maintenance.


To view photos from this special event, please visit our Flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/135628606@N05/sets/72157698608117881





Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Cadet earns his Solo Wings

posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:27 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 10:03 AM ]

BLACKSTONE, VA Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nick Villafan of Prince William Composite Squadron of the Virginia Wing, was selected to attend the National Flight Academy, a National Special Cadet Activity, hosted by the Middle East Region at Fort Pickett located outside of Blackstone, VA, from June 30th through July 8th.

Cadet Villafan was the first student to fly solo of his group on Thursday morning, July 5th. Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, provided the opportunity for Cadet Villafan to earn his solo wings, being one step closer to reaching his childhood dream in earning his private pilot's license.

Cadet Villafan serves as the Great Start Academy Flight Sergeant. Special thanks to all the senior members and pilots supporting the National Flight Academy. Congratulations to Cadet Villafan! We are very proud of you. Keep reaching for the Stars!

Photo credit to National Flight Academy Staff

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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. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Prince William Hosts Aircrew Prep School

posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:11 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA Prince William Composite Squadron of the Virginia Wing hosted the 2018 Group Three Aircrew Prep School Invitational on Saturday, July 7th, for 15 students at Dulles Aviation Inc., at the Manassas Regional Airport. The 8-hour prep school agenda was coordinated by Lt. Col. Dan Mostacciuolo. Students were able to complete their Familiarization & Preparation Courses (F&P) in Mission Scanner, Mission Observer, and Aerial Photography in preparation for the Group 1 & 3 Aircrew School held on 14 July in Lynchburg, VA.Instructors were 2d. Lt. Erik Karlson of Burke Composite Squadron for Mission Scanner, Lt. Col. Tim Day of Prince William for Mission Observer, and Lt. Col. Dan Mostacciuolo, also of Prince William, for Aerial Photography. Units represented were Herndon, Leesburg, and Prince William Composite Squadrons.

Special thanks to Dulles Aviation Inc., for their generous and continuous support of Civil Air Patrol and Prince William Composite Squadron.

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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. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Commander re-earns his wings

posted Jan 9, 2018, 7:59 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA On a clear, cold January morning, Lt. Col. Tim Day, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Paiten Frady, and Cadet Tech. Sgt. Nathanael Brown accelerated down the runaway and launched into a brilliant blue sky.  Earlier, Lt. Col. Day had briefed the cadets on the specific lessons of their five-part syllabus, then headed out into the chilly air to inspect the aircraft, a Cessna 182T with the Garmin G1000 electronic avionics system ("glass cockpit"). The flight was Lt. Col. Day's first as a Civil Air Patrol orientation ride pilot.


Prince William Composite Squadron’s newest cadet orientation pilot has anticipated this day since his retirement from the United States Navy in 2012.  A former P-3C Orion pilot, being qualified in the single engine Cessna provides the opportunity to eventually expand his emergency services qualifications from ground team leader to mission pilot - and to introduce  youth to the joys of aviation.


"Today, smiles are how we measure success because it means that a cadet might be considering becoming a pilot or at least embarking on a career in aviation," said Lt. Col. Day.


Civil Air Patrol allows cadets up to five powered orientation rides and five rides in gliders when available. The orientation ride program introduces America's youth the aviation and aerospace careers; by capturing their imagination aviation can serve as a stepping stone to other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


According to Lt. Col. Day, orientation rides happen only as a result of extensive teamwork. "While smiles are the visible outcome, what you don't see are all the people at the local, state, and national level who work hard to make this happen," he stated. From filing training records to providing flight instruction, to keeping the airplanes maintained, to ensuring pilots meet Civil Air Patrol's high safety standards, the team has to work together.


Today that teamwork paid dividends. After landing back at Manassas and taxing to a parking spot,  the cadets helped tie down the aircraft, working together to ensure knots were correct and the aircraft secure.  The cadets were thrilled and honored to be Lt. Col. Day’s first orientation ride crew and quickly posed for a photo to commemorate a dream achieved and horizons expanded.


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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

Farewell to NASA Legend Captain Tom Mariani

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:28 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 8:28 AM ]

MANASSAS, VA At Prince William, we are surrounded by members, seniors and cadets, who contribute to our mission through their time utilizing their skills, knowledge base, and experience. We are a unit of legacy.  Capt Tom Mariani has been a member of Prince William Composite Squadron since 2011 and has served as our primary Aerospace Education Officer since June 2012 and as an Assistant Director of Aerospace Education to the wing since February 2015. Capt Mariani is a retired NASA Aerospace Engineer giving 36 years to our nation’s Space Program with historical highlights to include the Apollo missions. He is a NASA Legend! He has been awarded the Frank G. Brewer, Sr. CAP Aerospace Award for his many years of advocacy for both seniors and cadets. Our annual award for Aerospace Education is a credit to his expertise and  management. Capt Mariani and his bride of more than 50 years are moving to New Jersey to be closer to their family.  We will sorely miss his cheerful presence and passion for aerospace education and engineering as a member of Prince William.


Tom, you’ve been a great friend to us all!  Clear skies and tailwinds, Sir!



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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

Prince William Composite Squadron supports the 2017 Fall Search and Rescue Exercise

posted Oct 22, 2017, 9:21 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 1:09 AM ]

CULPEPER, VA Twenty-five members of Prince William Composite Squadron of Manassas joined dozens of other Civil Air Patrol senior members and cadets in ground and air teams gathering early Saturday to flex the organization's search and rescue muscles in an exercise conducted from the Culpeper Regional Airport.  The scenario-based drill gave teams an opportunity for training and to hone skills needed in an actual search and rescue operation.


Aircraft and ground teams from across Virginia came together to find a “missing” aircraft according to the scripted situation.  The exercise demonstrated the rapid formation of command and control to begin a search based on last known route of flight of the simulated missing aircraft.  

Beginning within minutes of arrival of the teams, search areas were planned and aircrews dispatched to begin the operation, while others sought more information about the likely courses the simulated missing aircraft might have taken.  Still, others began search of regional airports to check ramps for the aircraft.


Ground teams practiced litter carry and evaluated their preparation for field searches including wilderness coordination and safety with a check of proper equipment.  Buddy systems were established and prepped for the ground portion should it be needed.  Cadets directed the teams under senior member supervision. Six aircraft with aircrews and relief pilots, scanners, observers and photographers were involved in the training with operations coordinated centrally ensuring search area coverage and safety.  


The following members of Prince William Composite Squadron including our Dispatch Team participated in the SAREX:

  1. Lt. Col. Tim Day, Ground Branch Director
  2. Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, Ground Team Member Trainee and Wing Public Affairs
  3. Col. Ray Lyon, Mission Observer Trainee (wing staff and associate of Prince William)
  4. Maj. Nancy Carlson, Unit SAREX Coordinator and Mission Staff Assistant
  5. Capt. Ryan Blanding, Mission Pilot Evaluator
  6. Capt. Roger Pearce, Mission Pilot
  7. Capt. Jason Gibson, Mission Pilot
  8. Capt. Bill West, Aerial Photographer
  9. Capt. Karen Shaw, Ground Team Leader Evaluator Trainee
  10. 1st. Lt. Paige Carlson, Mission Radio Operator
  11. 1st. Lt. Sara Demyanovich, Ground Team Leader Trainee
  12. 1st. Lt. Ashlee Swartz, Dispatch Officer
  13. 2d. Lt. Beth Heidenreich, Dispatch Officer
  14. 2d. Lt. Jeovanni Rivas, Mission Observer
  15. 2d. Lt. Robert Maguire, Mission Pilot
  16. 2d. Lt. Dan Mostacciuolo, Mission Scanner and Mission Observer
  17. 2d. Lt. Suleyman Bahceci, Ground Team Member Trainee
  18. 2d. Lt. Aubrey Ralph, Ground Team Member Trainee
  19. S.M. Keith Goodman, Mission Scanner and Unit Public Affairs
  20. S.M. Elias Kontanis, Mission Scanner Trainee and Mission Pilot In-Training
  21. S.M. Angel Varias, Dispatch Officer
  22. F.O. Chance Callahan, Public Information Officer Trainee
  23. C/SMSgt. Garland Davis, Ground Team Member and Cadet Health Services NCO
  24. C/AB. Ayse Bahceci, Ground Team Member Trainee
  25. C/AB. Linus Kontanis, Ground Team Member Trainee

Col. Dean Gould, CAP,  Virginia Wing Commander, wrote, “The mission was successful in finding the practice aircraft panels in the late afternoon. I would like to thank the Minuteman Composite Squadron for hosting the event; The White Cell (Exercise Planners), Col. Dave Carter, Col. Jim Covel and Maj. Matt Adkins for building and executing the scenario, and all the members who came to train. There were several qualifications completed from the most basic levels to Operations Section Chief. There was also a re-qualification of highly experienced Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) after a 8 year hiatus, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, back from his highly successful national command tour. I would be remiss not to highlight the fantastic work of our Communications Cell, that was all cadet. led by C/Capt. Hewitt-Qualls working on her CUL. Great work all!”





More images are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mer-va-102/albums/72157688208873324


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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.


October Corn Maze Planned for Civil Air Patrol Squadron

posted Oct 12, 2017, 11:39 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA Prince William Composite Squadron of Manassas is planning a trip to Corn Maze in the Plains on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, for an evening of camaraderie and Fall fun.


Those attending will meet at the parking lot outside the Country Store, 4501 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, VA. at 5:45 PM and plan to depart the event at 9 PM.  Attire for the event will be civilian clothing and closed-toe shoes for all.


The Corn Maze in The Plains is about 30 minutes from Manassas.  It was created as a noncommercial Fall family festival. The owners of the farm are Kate and Hub Knott and have been there since 2000. In addition to the maze, they grow vegetable and flower seeds organically.


Their description of traversing the maze, “Each maze wanderer enters the maze armed with crayon, flag and a blank survival guide on a mission to discover clues to help them navigate their way through the maze and to complete a map to take home. If the challenge grows too high you can always wave the flag frantically to signal the ‘corn cop’ to come to your rescue.”


In her e-mails to the squadron, C/Lt Col Julie Demyanovich reminds participants to wear warm clothing, listed forms, and provided details for signing up. First Lieutenants Sara Demyanovich and Jason Bailey will be serving as the senior members in charge of the event.


Photos of the farm are courtesy of Corn Maze in the Plains


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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.



Air Force Association donates Computers to Cadet Program

posted Oct 12, 2017, 6:40 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Prince William Composite Squadron received a boost to its already successful cadet-led Aerospace Education program on Tuesday night, when Brad Wilkins, of the Air Force  Association, presented two laptop computers to the program in a brief ceremony at the weekly CAP meeting. On hand to receive the awarded computers was Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Elise Viles representing the squadron participants in the program.


Brad Wilkins is the State Vice President of Aerospace Education of the Air Force Association which began encouraging organized learning in protection of cyber resources in 2009 and has since grown rapidly. The program includes competition among over 1300 such groups nationwide for students in high school and middle school.


The computers were presented as part of the Air Force Association's grant in support of the CyberPatriot mission, which encourages students in computer and internet security and furthers the (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education objectives.  Herndon Composite Squadron and Fairfax Composite Squadron were also selected to receive computers.


Following the presentation, the group had a cadet-led discussion on vertical lift using balloon rockets.

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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

Dispatch System Set in Motion

posted Sep 15, 2017, 5:21 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA Some cold dark night in the near future a van load of emergency services volunteers will be in route to an incident. Perhaps they will be the only vehicle on a deserted road, but a newly formed Dispatch Team will be monitoring them all the way. The team, project of Maj. Nancy Carlson with the Prince William Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), got underway last week for a training exercise and for a search mission.

Those first two uses of the Dispatch Team gave proof that the new system works. They recorded over 1300 miles traveled and logged hundreds of volunteer hours for a search and rescue exercise and for a distress beacon location mission. This team is the first of its kind and achieved documentation that has been hard to come by in the past. The phones at dispatch are monitored throughout the operations as crews and volunteers phoned in starting and ending in real time. Additionally, the new system will allow on scene personnel to see who is en-route and what qualifications they hold.

As late as this weekend, the system was in effect and provided directions for volunteers to navigate a set of poorly marked roads. At one point a vehicle was late in arrival and steps were underway to notify officials and institute a search. The volunteer arrived before that was necessary but such events are a proof of concept for the system.

Plans are in progress to allow pre-recording of data such as automobile identification, Maj. Carlson said, to make reporting to the system as seamless as possible. The system is adjustable to accommodate large and small teams easily. In the future it may be expanded to air crews as well. This system also allows calculation of time and miles of driving provided by volunteers.

Maj. Carlson has been a member of Civil Air Patrol since 2008. She has held positions in the Cadet Programs, Public Affairs, and Emergency Services and is a qualified Ground Branch Director. She also serves with the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group. 



Civil Air Patrol Maj. Nancy Carlson is shown at the check-in table for this weekend's Group 3 Emergency Services Bivouac, the third event using the units new dispatch system. As this check-in was being done, dispatch was handled by 2d Lt. Beth Heidenreich, providing tracking and navigation services.


Cadets relax around a campfire at the Group 3 Emergency Services Bivouac Friday night at Prince William Forest Park after a transit monitored by the units dispatch system. 


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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

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