The Marco Island Squadron made up a significant percentage of the twenty plus participants from across the state of Florida. The two day class was presented by senior officers from the local area and the Florida Wing Staff. It consisted of twelve specific leadership modules. A further Welcome segment was separate conducted by the course director and a safety briefing was presented by the Naples Senior Squadron Safety Officer.
Lt Col Ray Rosenberg, former Marco Island Squadron Commander and now Group 5 Commander, welcomed the arriving students to Naples. He then conducted the opening class and was on hand to congratulate the graduates who received their certificates from Lt Col Philip Zedonek, Vice Commander of the Florida Wing. The course director was CAP Major Joseph Wilkins, Group 5 Professional Development Officer.
The Civil Air Patrol shares a positive relationship with their communities and the United States Air Force, the official parent who provides funding, facilities, leadership, and equipment to carry on the mission assigned. CAP serves America by developing the nation’s youth, performs local, state, and national missions including search /and rescue and Homeland Security.
The weekend class emphasized the importance of a positive relationship between CAP and US Air Force which is fundamental to the mission success of each organization. The senior members ofthe local CAP Squadrons who are moving into leadership roles are needed to help maintain and cement this relationship.
Membership in the all-volunteer Civil Air Patrol is not limited to former or retired members of the US Air Force. There is a generous mixture of former military members from all branches of the US armed forces plus volunteers from all walks of life who want to serve.
CAP is one of the few organizations that have real and constant missions to be performed by its volunteer force that benefit the members neighbors, communities, the state of Florida and our nation.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with over 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary mode, performs over 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, in initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U. S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com