Alabama Wing has New Flight


Huntsville, AL – The Civil Air Patrol’s newest flight, the Mountain Lakes Flight AL-135, conducted their first official meeting on 11 June 2016. Lt. Col John Randolph the Flight Commander opened the meeting with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony all in conjunction with the local EAA breakfast / fly-in at the Guntersville airport.

 Guntersville Airport management has been very accommodating and welcoming to the arrival of the CAP. The city council has been extremely generous and have provided the space for the Flight to setup shop. Maj Ben Booth, Deputy Commander and Capt. Ken Browning, the Flight Comms Officer, will be getting antennas erected so they can focus on one of their core capabilities, Communications. An additional area of focus will be Cyber. Interest has been expressed by visitors with a ‘cyber’ career field that desire to bring that capability into the Flight as a new member. The Mountain Lakes Flight facilities, a large hangar with offices upstairs, are very impressive and will easily be able to accommodate Wing Search and Rescue Exercises.

 The EAA breakfast was a huge success with approximately 75 in attendance. The Flight had a multimedia display setup in the hangar where breakfast was being served and as a result ended up having a number of youth and adults either express interest or fill out an applications for CAP membership

  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.

 

 

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