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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 for more information.