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Civil Air Patrol Sunday scheduled

posted Nov 21, 2019, 5:23 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Nov. 20, 2019) — If you attend religious services on Sunday, Dec. 1, you may notice some members of the congregation in uniform. These individuals are part of Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron. They are observing the anniversary of Civil Air Patrol, which was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, just before the beginning of American involvement in World War II.

Each year, Civil Air Patrol observes its anniversary during the first week of December. The McGuire Composite Squadron is one of 1,400 units around the country that perform emergency services missions, including disaster relief, search and rescue, humanitarian and national security activities. The organization also serves the community through aerospace education and youth leadership training. Membership in Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program is open to youth aged 12 to 20, while senior membership is open to adults 21 and older.

Civil Air Patrol Sunday is intended to emphasize the organization’s moral leadership training and is one of several events planned to commemorate its anniversary. Many clergymen across the nation are members of Civil Air Patrol, serving as chaplains in the organization. Capt Douglas Davis, the McGuire Composite Squadron chaplain, will give a talk about what Civil Air Patrol represents at the Bible Baptist Church in New Egypt.

"We at the McGuire Composite Squadron are proud to carry on the traditions and missions of the Civil Air Patrol," said Chaplain Davis. "I am especially proud of our members who train and work so hard not just on our cadet program, but on providing emergency services."

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, Civil Air Patrol 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. Civil Air Patrol’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, Civil Air Patrol plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.Civil Air Patrol.news for more information. To arrange a tour of the McGuire Composite Squadron, please call (609) 306-0966.