SRQ Composite Squadron Conducts Annual Safety Stand Down
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Lt. Col. Richard Petrucci conducts a safety seminar as part of the SRQ Composite Squadron's Annual Safety Day and Stand Down. (Photo Credit: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, CAP)

By 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll, SRQ Composite Squadron
Sarasota, Fla.--On 16 February 2017, SRQ Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted their Annual Safety Day and Stand Down. Lt. Col. Richard Petrucci presented "Building a Safety Culture" to 33 members and guests at McClure Auditorium adjacent to the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport.

Petrucci said, "Building a safety culture reflects a real commitment from all levels in an organization. Aviation operations require continuous individual emphasis on mishap prevention." He noted that CAP promotes a safety culture that members of the squadron support.

The term "safety culture," Petrucci said, originated after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster on 26 April 1986. That accident demonstrated what can happen when members of an organization fail to work as a consolidated unit to make safety a priority.

Promoting a safety culture requires four factors, he continued, including a commitment from senior management, shared concern within the organization, realistic and flexible norms, and a continual reflection upon the practice through monitoring, analysis and feedback. Petrucci noted that CAP's emphasis on safety and focusing on the importance of training provides an excellent example of a safety culture.

Those attending the squadron's safety seminar earned credit toward the Federal Aviation Administration's WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. WINGS helps pilots build a personalized program of recurrent training to maintain and enhance proficiency. For more information on WINGS, go to

Based at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the SRQ Composite Squadron is one of more than 1,700 Civil Air Patrol squadrons across the nation. The SRQ Composite Squadron includes 96 members: 61 senior members and 35 cadets. Members put general aviation to its best use, dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting Americaís educators. For information about the SRQ Composite Squadron of CAP, visit

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Reviewed by: 1st Lt. Christopher Carroll
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Forceís 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 Patrolís 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 for more information.
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