Civil Air Pa­trol rais­ing funds for han­gar at lo­cal air­port

Becca Bag­ga­ley & 1st Lt. Chris McClel­land, CAP

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What is CAP? This is a ques­tion I have asked my­self many times over the last few days as I have been think­ing about this ar­ti­cle. CAP is the acro­nym for the Civil Air Pa­trol, which is of­fi­cially an aux­il­iary of the United States Air Force, but to my fam­ily CAP rep­re­sents some­thing more. CAP is op­por­tu­nity. The op­por­tu­nity for my child, both male and fe­male, to par­tic­i­pate as a civil­ian in an or­ga­ni­za­tion that in­stills in its mem­bers the prin­ci­ples of lead­er­ship and ac­count­abil­ity that make our na­tion’s Air Force the best in the world. It is an op­por­tu­nity for my child to learn ser­vice and team­work, but it also gives him an op­por­tu­nity for hands-on train­ing in the STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Math) ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion as he learns as a cadet to par­tic­i­pate in search and res­cue and dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions on the ground as well as from the air. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in CAP is an in­vest­ment in a brighter fu­ture for my child and an op­por­tu­nity for him to learn and grow in ways that would be dif­fi­cult to repli­cate any­where else. As you read the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion about CAP, take a mo­ment to won­der about the op­por­tu­nity it could be for your child. About CAP and Why a Lo­cal Han­gar

By 1st Lt. Chris McClel­land, CAP

The Phantom Com­pos­ite Squadron of the Civil Air Pa­trol, the of­fi­cial aux­il­iary of the United States Air Force, is kick­ing off fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the con­struc­tion of a new han­gar at the Span­ish Fork-Springville Air­port to be used as a base for the squadron’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Utah County. The han­gar project would have room for three small air­craft and plenty of room for the cadet and se­nior mem­ber meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties. If you are won­der­ing how you can get in­volved in the fund­ing of this wor­thy en­ter­prise, please call Lt. Col. Jim Ste­wart, a lo­cal physi­cian and CAP mission pi­lot at 210-7246342 or visit www.phan­tom­squadron. org, where you will find a link that will fa­cil­i­tate a do­na­tion to the project and a link to a video about this project.

This project will cost about $350,000, so we are look­ing for dona­tions of all sizes. So far, sev­eral gen­er­ous in­di­vid­u­als have do­nated ap­prox­i­mately $60,000 or 20 per­cent of our goal. Please do­nate gen­er­ously, but any amount helps to­wards a noble project that will help young peo­ple

de­velop into re­spon­si­ble lead­ers of the fu­ture.

If you are be­tween the ages of 12 and 18, male or fe­male, and are in­ter­ested in avi­a­tion and other op­por­tu­ni­ties men­tioned in this ar­ti­cle, we rec­om­mend you go to the web­site listed above, or you can at­tend one of our meet­ings cur­rently held at the Provo Air­port. We meet at 3131 Mike Jense Park­way, Provo, in the Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity Fire and Res­cue Build­ing, ev­ery Thurs­day night at 6:30 p.m. New adult mem­bers are wel­come, too, and you don’t have to be a pi­lot to join. In fact, most are not. For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing CAP, call Capt. Paul Jensen, a CAP mission pi­lot, at (801)423-3802.

The Civil Air Pa­trol has three main mis­sions: Aerospace Ed­u­ca­tion, Cadet Pro­grams and Emer­gency Ser­vices. The Aerospace Ed­u­ca­tion mission has both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal com­po­nents. In­ter­nally, CAP ed­u­cates its own mem­bers in mat­ters of aerospace his­tory and air power. Ex­ter­nally, pro­grams at schools and in the com­mu­nity raise aware­ness of aerospace is­sues within the gen­eral public. Aerospace ed­u­ca­tion per­son­nel work with lo­cal teach­ers of all grade lev­els, par­tic­u­larly in pro­vid­ing TOP Flight, an op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers to take to the air and ex­pe­ri­ence flight with one of our pi­lots. This trans­lates into in­creas­ing en­thu­si­asm for avi­a­tion ed­u­ca­tion in the class­room.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant mission of CAP is to train the aerospace and busi­ness lead­ers of to­mor­row in el­e­ments of lead­er­ship. The cadet pro­gram is where this hap­pens. Lead­er­ship train­ing, ac­cept­ing and ex­er­cis­ing po­si­tions of re­spon­si­bil­ity, and char­ac­ter-build­ing ex­er­cises all play key roles in the cadet pro­gram. Within the cadet or­ga­ni­za­tion, young peo­ple learn the lead­er­ship and or­ga­ni­za­tional styles of the mil­i­tary fash­ioned af­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the United States Air Force. One of the big­gest draws to the cadet pro­gram are the many op­por­tu­ni­ties for cadets to learn about avi­a­tion and even get some flight time be­hind the con­trols of an ac­tual air­craft in what are called Ori­en­ta­tion Flights with a highly skilled pi­lot. There are even op­por­tu­ni­ties for the cadets to get sub­stan­tial flight train­ing and schol­ar­ships.

The other area in which CAP is in­volved is Emer­gency Ser­vices, which is di­vided into Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Search and Res­cue. Dis­as­ter Re­lief in­volves pro­vid­ing help af­ter a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter such as a hur­ri­cane, flood or earth­quake. It in­volves co­or­di­nat­ing re­lief ef­forts with other state, fed­eral and lo­cal agen­cies and trans­port­ing needed per­son­nel to af­fected ar­eas. CAP also fer­ries med­i­cal sup­plies and nec­es­sary or­gans for trans­plant in times of emer­gency. Search and Res­cue in­volves searches for miss­ing or downed air­craft. Na­tion­wide last year, the Civil Air Pa­trol ac­counted for 83 “finds” of miss­ing air­craft. The Air Force as­signs th­ese mis­sions to CAP and pro­vides the air­craft to con­duct the searches. Th­ese air­craft are used reg­u­larly to con­duct Search and Res­cue ex­er­cises as well as ac­tual live mis­sions.

Sar­gent Maken­zie Keane is pic­tured in the pi­lot seat of the CAP Gipp­s­land GA8. The The Phantom Com­pos­ite Squadron of the Civil Air Pa­trol is rais­ing money to build a new han­gar at the Span­ish Fork-Springville Air­port to be used as a base for the squadron’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Utah County.

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