Charlotte County Honor Guard Takes Lead at Minor League Game
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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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

By SM Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer, Charlotte County Composite Sq.
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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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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