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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 Sep 29, 2018, 10:22 PM ]

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 thanks to Minuteman Composite Squadron for their partnership.

To view photos from this event, please visit our Flickr site:…/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 or for more information.