Charlotte County Squadron Supports Local High School Aviation Program
Sunday, November 19, 2017

By SM Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer, Charlotte County Composite Squadron


The eleventh annual Fly-In at Buchan Field in Englewood was recently held to support the Lemon Bay High School Aviation Program. For the ninth year, the event was supported by the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol headquartered at the Punta Gorda Airport.

Squadron members set-up an information and recruiting table under a canopy to meet and greet the inquisitive.

“It is amazing that after 76 years of performing missions for America throughout the states and territories, CAP continues to be an unknown with much of the general public,” said Major Earle Bretz.

“It is functions like this and the Air Show in Punta Gorda the same weekend, where we also had a table and aircraft exhibit, that afford us the opportunity to get our message across to the folks. We were again successful with quite a few people and youngsters stopping by to give us a chance to tell them our story 1941 to 2017.”

At Buchan, the venue at the airport also changed because Sarasota County and FEMA were utilizing the old location east of the runway for Hurricane Irma "debris storage" and the show staging area was now west of the runway. It proved to be a more accessible and larger area for all concerned- cars, aircraft and vendors alike.

Representing the Charlotte County CAP squadron included:
Cadet Lt Col Mikehla Hicks; Senior Member Donna Jablonski; Senior Member Albert Losacano and Major Earle Bretz.

CAP is the Congressional Gold Medal winning Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, celebrating its 76th year of serving America. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Charlotte Squadron, 28000 A-21 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982-2452.

Charlotte County CAP members at local Buchan Field Fly-In:
C/Lt Col Mikehla Hicks; SM Donna Jablonski; SM Albert Losacano; Major Earle Bretz
Photo Caption:  Charlotte County CAP members at local Buchan Field Fly-In: C/Lt Col Mikehla Hicks; SM Donna Jablonski; SM Albert Losacano; Major Earle Bretz
Article Information
Reviewed by: 2nd Lt. Donna Jablonski
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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