Virginia Civil Air Patrol Members Participate in State Legislative Day
RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 25, 2023 – Last Wednesday, members of Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol were in attendance for Virginia Legislative Day. Both cadets and senior members from around the state visited the Virginia State Capitol. Meeting with numerous members of the Virginia General Assembly, cadet and senior member teams provided updates on Virginia Wing activities over the past year through focused discussions on Civil Air Patrol’s missions of Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. Several teams presented legislative members the honorary rank of Civil Air Patrol Major in Virginia Wing’s Legislative Squadron. Virginia Wing cadets were also introduced on both the House and Senate floor.
The Virginia Legislative Squadron coordinating team led by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Girardi, Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Callahan, Cadet Major Connor Long, Cadet Captain Annabelle Towles, and Cadet Major Braylynn Stevens, coordinated the day which was full of rich discussions and introductions. Each year Civil Air Patrol conducts Legislative Day at both the state and national level in which cadets and senior members visit legislative members to demonstrate the positive contributions and benefits of the programs to the communities of the Commonwealth and nation.
Members ended the day with an excellent tour of the historic Capitol building which increased understanding of the state’s rich history and an appreciation for the legislative processes.
About Virginia Wing
The Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with 22 squadrons spread throughout the Commonwealth has approximately 1,800 members, 12 light aircraft, and 29 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and local governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on the Virginia Wing, visit the wing’s website at https://vawg.cap.gov/ and Faceboook page at https://www.facebook.com/vawgcap
About Civil Air Patrol
Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 555 single-engine aircraft and 2,250 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 108 lives last year. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
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