Civil Air Patrol Supports Homeschool Convention
Thursday, June 1, 2017
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Cadets Corban Dolan, Michael Bohn, David Lyon, and Miranda Schultz present the colors at the 2017 Florida Parent Educator Association Conference ;Credit: Lt Col Steve Schultz


By Steven Schultz, Lt. Col., CAP, South Lakeland Composite Squadron, Florida Wing
Orlando, Fl.--

As homeschoolers from around the state and region gathered over Memorial Day weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando for the annual Florida Parent Educator Association Convention (FPEA), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from around the Wing joined forces to provide support.

With over 17,000 people attending, the FPEA Convention ranks as the largest homeschool conference in the nation. While parents and students browsed the latest in curriculum offerings and attended instructional workshops, CAP cadet and senior members were involved in a range of important activities. Civil Air Patrol members assisted event security by checking participant badges for entry into the vendor area. Civil Air Patrol members also manned a bustling recruiting table, sharing information about CAP with prospective members from every corner of the state.

As a highlight of CAP participation, a Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard opened each dayís morning general session with a presentation of the colors. The multi-squadron color guard on Saturday, May 27th proved extra special. Of the four members - Cadet Captain Michael Bohn of Seminole Composite Squadron, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant David Lyon of the Orlando Cadet Squadron, Cadet Airman Corban Dolan of Marion County Composite Squadron, and Cadet Airman Miranda Schultz of South Lakeland Composite Squadron - all but Bohn participated in their very first color guard. Several veterans commented on the pride they felt in seeing the Civil Air Patrol cadets present the flag.

Major Christina English served as project officer for Civil Air Patrol, assisted by cadets and senior members from around the Wing.


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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 www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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