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Farewell to NASA Legend Captain Tom Mariani

January 8, 2018

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At Prince William, we are surrounded by members, seniors, and cadets, who contribute to our mission through their time utilizing their skills, knowledge base, and experience. We are a unit of legacy.  Capt Tom Mariani has been a member of Prince William Composite Squadron since 2011 and has served as our primary Aerospace Education Officer since June 2012 and as an Assistant Director of Aerospace Education to the wing since February 2015. Capt Mariani is a retired NASA Aerospace Engineer giving 36 years to our nation’s Space Program with historical highlights to include the Apollo missions. He is a NASA Legend! He has been awarded the Frank G. Brewer, Sr. CAP Aerospace Award for his many years of advocacy for both seniors and cadets. Our annual award for Aerospace Education is a credit to his expertise and management. Capt Mariani and his bride of more than 50 years are moving to New Jersey to be closer to their family.  We will sorely miss his cheerful presence and passion for aerospace education and engineering as a member of Prince William.


Tom, you’ve been a great friend to us all!  Clear skies and tailwinds, Sir!


Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,944 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to about 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.

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Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, Assistant Public Affairs Officer

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