BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - The honorable Richard Nugent, U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th congressional district, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron. Nugent was honored in a ceremony at Hernando County Composite Squadron located at the Hernando County Airport.
Congressman Nugent was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife, Wendy. He received his Civil Air Patrol membership certificate and membership card from Florida Wing Group 3 commander, Major Stephen J. Lampasona who was assisted by Hernando County Composite Squadron commander, Major Don Whalen.
Members of the United States Congress and federally appointed officials are eligible to become congressional members of Civil Air Patrol. As a congressional squadron member, Nugent wears the honorary grade of lieutenant colonel and is authorized to fly in CAP aircraft and attend activities.
"I’ve had three sons come through this (CAP) program over the years, it’s quite a commitment" said Nugent. "You never know what’s going to happen, my middle-son Kyle flew Blackhawks. He said after his first flight as a cadet, ‘I want to do that’.“
Richard B. "Rich" Nugent served Florida's 5th district from 2011 until 2012 prior to his election to serve Florida's 11th congressional district in 2013. He currently serves on the House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on House Administration. He is formerly the Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida.
Also present at the ceremony: Cadet Captain Cody Curabbaand; Cadet Major Kyle Curabba, Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron; and Cadet Major Jarod Waters, Hernando County Composite Squadron Honor Guard.