05/27/08 139 W, 1 I - + 12 - 14 Civil Air Patrol

Today's News & Observer has a nice article about our local Civil Air Patrol squadron. The United States Air Force Auxiliary started a week before we entered into World War II, in December 1941. It became the official civilian auxiliary of the USAF in 1948. There are about 100 volunteers in Raleigh's squadron, the article notes. During the summer, CAP pilots watch Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and Lake Wheeler, for distressed boaters each weekend. They also perform most of Wake County's search and rescue missions. The article provides a pair of links, to the CAP site and the CAP history site. Good stuff, and good memories of three decades prior, as a teen cadet in the Minnesota Wing. Meetings, study guides, standing at attention, and at least one overnight search and rescue drill in the winter wilderness. It was cold.

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