You've heard about the Civil Air Patrol. Maybe you've seen them at various events throughout the Southern Tier of New York. I had the privilege of joining a group from the Civil Air Patrol for a ride along on a refueling flight out of the now-closed Griffiss Air Force Base in Utica, New York many years ago.

If I remember correctly, the plane was a KC 135 Stratotanker. The members of the Civil Air Patrol and I got to take turns lying in the belly of the place to watch the refueling of an air force jet. That was an experience I'll never forget.

If you know of a student who may be interested in Aviation, Emergency Services, Community Service, STEM, or the Military among others, the Southern Tier Cadet Squadron, the local Civil Air Patrol unit, has planned an information night at the main terminal of the Greater Binghamton Airport at 7 pm on September 29th,  2022.

It might just be an exciting experience for students ages 12 and up to be a part of the Civil Air Patrol. According to the CAP fact sheet, the Civil Air Patrol began in 1941 and is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The organization operates 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The Civil Air Patrol also performs almost 90% of continental United States inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The CAP offers three core programs - Cadet Programs,  Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education.

The Civil Air Patrol website states that those who join, "develop into responsible citizens, always ready to join with adult members in helping their neighbors when disaster strikes, on the way to becoming tomorrow's leaders."

For more information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit www.CAP.News or

[via Southern Tier Cadet SquadronCivil Air Patrol]

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