Another Success! Our dedicated Squadron Open House Committee, led by Major Ken Bardon, was prepared, on time and on station to open our doors on Saturday May 6th at 11:00 am. Visitors toured our 6000 sq. ft. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) facilities consisting of our communications center, mission-training center/offices and our featured brand-new Cessna 182T aircraft. They met our members, the local men and woman volunteers who provide invaluable services in support of our nation and local communities.
Our Mission Pilots were present and guided the visitors inside and out of the featured CAP airplanes: our G1000 C182 and the Naples Squadron’s C172. Many visitors enjoyed the fully equipped communications room with our new HF radio.
All attendees enjoyed a complimentary, delicious lunch cooked by Major Ray James, and supported by several of the Squadron members’ wives (thank you ladies!). Visitors mingled with the Squadron pilots, crews and support personnel who deliver search and rescue services, logistics and training support to the United States Air Force, and the Department of Homeland Security as well as Marco Island and the Everglades including the Ten Thousand Islands – favorite boating and fishing areas.
We hosted 145 visitors, although we were competing with two popular, local events. We appreciated the participation of the Marco Island Police Department, Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, and our neighbor and mission partners from the Naples Senior Squadron. Also in attendance were visitors from many organizations such as the American Legion, VFW Post, USGC Auxiliary and Marco Men's Club.
We were honored by a special appearance of Donna Fiala, Collier County Commission Chairperson. She thoroughly enjoyed the tour and said that she "would not have missed it for the world!"
The Squadron commander Major Bob Corriveau stated, "We achieved our objectives to spread the word on what the Squadron does for the community and show off our new plane. With help from our local media, we continue to work hard to dispel the notion that CAP is a well-kept secret!"