Puerto Rico Wing Gets New Office At 156th Air National Guard Base
Monday, May 15, 2017
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Officials with Puerto Rico Air National Guard watch as Col. Carlos Fernandez, commander of CAPs Puerto Rico Wing, cuts the ceremonial ribbon for a new office for the wing at Muņiz Air National Guard Base.


By Southeast Region Public Affairs, Southeast Region Public Affairs
156th Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico--Officials with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard held a ceremony earlier this month to formally open a new office for Puerto Rico Wing of Civil Air Patrol at Muņiz Air National Guard Base.

Col. Edward L. Vaughan, 156th Airlift Wing commander, presided over the May 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the office. He was joined by Col. Carlos Fernandez, commander of CAP's Puerto Rico Wing; Lt. Col. Carlos Muņoz, the CAP wing's government relations advisor; and Juan Rodriguez, the CAP wing's administrator.

Air Force and CAP officials said the new office, located inside the 156th Airlift Wing headquarters, will reinforce the partnership between the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and the Puerto Rico Civil Air Patrol as members of the Total Force.

"What started as an idea just a few months ago now has become a reality, having the wing commanders of two components of the Total Force working together across the hall from each other," Fernandez said. "We are excited and grateful to be on base as this will further enhance carrying out our missions."
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s 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 Patrol’s 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 www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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