Marco Island… Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing recognized the very active Marco Island Composite Squadron’s many transportation needs by assigning them a new vehicle. Squadron group transportation is needed to attend the various senior member professional development activities, assigned Search And Rescue and other wing-authorized missions, and the special needs of the cadets.
The Squadron recently received delivery of a brand new 2011 Ford E350 12 passenger CAP Van.
To assure communications while enroute to activities, the Squadron will install a CAP VHF transceiver for air to ground and ground to ground repeater communications. The call sign will be Florida CAP 8524.
The van’s first big mission will probably be transportation of cadets and staff to the Florida Wing Winter Encampment in December to Tindal AFB, located 12 miles (19 km) east of Panama City, Florida.
Lt Col Ray Rosenberg, the Marco Island Squadron Commander, is the official Marco Van Custodian.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 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 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. 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 the more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years. For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com