Charlotte County Honor Guard Takes Lead at Minor League Game
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
FL051 color guard presents the colors at baseball game between minor league teams Charlotte Stone Crabs and Palm Beach Cardinals. (L to R) C/Senior Master Sgt Douglas Short; C/1st Lt Cooper Whitten; C/2nd Lt Samuel Greisiger; C/Tech Sgt Sean Staples
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.--The color guard from the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol presented the colors during the opening ceremony of a baseball game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Charlotte Stone Crabs on July 3rd.
“It was a major honor for our cadets to be invited to present our nation’s flag at the Charlotte Sports Park,” said Maj. Earle Bretz.
Training to Air Force standards, the color guard is just one of many activities in the cadet program that foster CAP core values of respect, integrity, excellence and volunteer service. Cadets in the Honor Guard program are trained to meet a high-level of professionalism and be “driven to excel by a strong sense of dedication, patriotism, love for my fellow man, God, Country, and Civil Air Patrol”. The CAP program is designed to develop leadership and good citizenship in America's youth, using aerospace education, Air Force role models and emphasis on public service.
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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
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