Naples Cadets serve at Aviation Day
By Capt. Donald Binner, Naples Cadet Sqdn. | Publish: 12/8/2019

Photo: Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nicole Hallinan and Cadet Tech Sergeant Ari Mastrogiacomo pose next to a vintage T6 aircraft. (Photo credit: Capt. Donald Binner)


A clear cool day greeted the eleven Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members from the Naples Cadet Squadron as they arrived to support Aviation Day at Page Field in Ft Myers, FL.  The annual event promotes aviation to the young and old alike.

The team assembled early to make the drive and arrive in time for an early morning 0730 check-in conducted 1st Lt. Julie McDonald who assigned the team to their day long duty assignments. The Naples team joined members from five other Civil Air Patrol squadrons from around Group 5 to help in the community event.     

“This gives us a chance to develop new friends and learn new skills”, said c/1st Lt. Gabriel Katz who assigned Assistant Cadet Commander for the event. His duties were to see that the duty rotation schedule was followed along with other safety protocol. Other members from the Naples team were assigned to help in three crucial areas: parking and the aircraft ramp area. A third area was active recruiting.    

Cadet Airman Lillian McGowan said “The best was the ramp area. It was so much fun to see and experience the new and vintage aircraft.” All the cadets agreed that the ramp was the best part of the show.    

Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nicole Hallinan said “I hope to have the opportunity to fly a T6 someday.”    

A World War 2 C-54 was prominently visible named the Spirit of Freedom, and was part of the Berlin Airlift. Cadets were amazed at the military aircraft, especially the PAVE helicopter with its unique forward boom. Experimental aircraft was also on display.  


Naples squadron team at Page Field (Photo credit:  1st Lt David Stevens)


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