A clear cool day greeted the eleven Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members from the Naples Cadet Squadron as they arrived to support Aviation Day at Page Field in Ft Myers, FL. The annual event promotes aviation to the young and old alike.
The team assembled early to make the drive and arrive in time for an early morning 0730 check-in conducted 1st Lt. Julie McDonald who assigned the team to their day long duty assignments. The Naples team joined members from five other Civil Air Patrol squadrons from around Group 5 to help in the community event.
“This gives us a chance to develop new friends and learn new skills”, said c/1st Lt. Gabriel Katz who assigned Assistant Cadet Commander for the event. His duties were to see that the duty rotation schedule was followed along with other safety protocol. Other members from the Naples team were assigned to help in three crucial areas: parking and the aircraft ramp area. A third area was active recruiting.
Cadet Airman Lillian McGowan said “The best was the ramp area. It was so much fun to see and experience the new and vintage aircraft.” All the cadets agreed that the ramp was the best part of the show.
Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nicole Hallinan said “I hope to have the opportunity to fly a T6 someday.”
A World War 2 C-54 was prominently visible named the Spirit of Freedom, and was part of the Berlin Airlift. Cadets were amazed at the military aircraft, especially the PAVE helicopter with its unique forward boom. Experimental aircraft was also on display.
DOWNLOAD IMAGE Photo Caption: Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nicole Hallinan and Cadet Tech Sergeant Ari Mastrogiacomo pose next to a vintage T6 aircraft. (Photo credit: Capt. Donald Binner)
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.