Civil Air Patrol receives charter at special ceremony

Civil Air Patrol receives charter at special ceremony

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:02 am

On Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at a special ceremony the Everett-Stewart Composite Squadron SER-TN-195 received its charter. The new Civil Air Patrol unit is located at the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport. Master of Ceremonies, Major Gary Pickens (who is also WBBJ meteorologists) led the meeting, introducing several high ranking officers of the organization and the speaker Colonel Barry Melton, Commander, Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

The new unit is a “composite” unit — a combination of both adults and youth. Col. Melton called CAP “one of the best youth leadership organizations in the world.” He advised the unit to “expect within the first six moths to a year to be trained and operational.” He also reminded that the goal is “getting assets in the air and boots on the ground as soon as possible when needed.”

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its three missions are cadet programs, aerospace education and emergency services. CAP teaches leadership principles, military customs and courtesy, and search and rescue techniques.

The Unit meets on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and on the third Thursday of each month following the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport’s Board meeting at 5:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Lt. Sylvia Mallard at (731) 819-2358 or (731) 514-7253, or by email at mommydearest38237@yahoo.com.

wcp 1/20/11

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