By 2nd Lt Elsie Stimpson, Public Affairs Officer, Boca Raton Composite Sqn.
BOCA RATON, Fla,. -
Imagine being a cadet during the hot Florida summer months, doing strenuous physical training and then sitting in the heat through lectures on subjects like “Heat Exhaustion”! This has been the case for the past decade the Boca Raton Composite Squadron. Civil Air Patrol members have been meeting in an unfinished hangar space without air conditioning making conditions brutal in the heat of summer.
"Inside temperatures would routinely soar over 120 degrees not only making training almost impossible but also damaging sensitive computer and search and rescue equipment," said Lt Col Michael Harding, Squadron Commander. "We only had two floor fans that would simply blow the hot air around, and couldn’t afford to install air conditioning. We were actually in talks about shutting down our squadron during the summer months due to safety issues with the heat. This would have left our cadets without a training facility and our community without a mission base during the busy hurricane season."
To great relief, in stepped local business owner, Nick Sansone, from Sansone Air-Conditioning in West Palm Beach who offered to install a brand new 3-ton compressor, air handler, thermostat, and duct work free of charge. Mr. Sansone and his team install the neew equipment in one day, converting the oven to a meat locker!
"Our unit is now able to function year round in a safe comfortable environment," said Harding.
On Tuesday June 5 our Civil Air Patrol Boca Raton Composite Squadron honored Mr. Nick Sansone of Sansone Air Conditioning for his generous donation.
Boca Raton Squadron Commander Lt Col Michael T Harding and Mr. Nick Sansone from Sansone Air Conditioning.
Boca Raton cadets participating in the CAP Cadet Program.
DOWNLOAD IMAGE Photo Caption: Boca Raton Squadron Commander Lt Col Michael T Harding and Mr. Nick Sansone from Sansone Air Conditioning and Capt Richard C Peritz.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.