31 December, 2012

Wreaths Across America

Members of the Millington Composite Squadron were proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year end holiday season.

“Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Thousands of CAP members participate each year to help us do just that, and, with CAP’s help, this project has continued to see remarkable growth.”

This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — wreaths from Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine, will be placed on more than 325,000 veterans’ graves at 700-plus cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations. 

Civil Air Patrol is a fundraiser for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at cemeteries and war memorials. Squadron members from Millington provided a color guard for the event held at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. 

28 December, 2012

Volunteer Magazine Online (Jan-Mar 2013)

The newest edition of Volunteer Magazine has been released.  It is available at http://www.capvolunteernow.com/cap_volunteer/.

In addition to the cover story about Civil Air Patrol’s new governance structure, coverage in the e-edition of the Volunteer includes a seven-page feature on CAP members’ response to Hurricane Sandy and their delivery of more than 157,000 aerial assessment photos to FEMA and other national, regional and state emergency management agencies. There is also an in-depth article about technological advances within CAP that are modifying the organization’s search and rescue missions.

There are three videos included in the digital version of the magazine as well, a Wreaths Across America news clip on page 3, a thank-you message from FEMA on page 30 and a North Carolina Coastal Patrol Base 16 historic marker dedication ceremony video on page 38.

Here are some of the featured stories:
(page numbers are listed first)

3 A Matter Of Honor
CAP Again Salutes Nation’s Fallen Through Wreaths Across America
7 Changing Saves Strategies
Technological Advances Modify CAP’s Search And Rescue Missions
21 New System In Place
CAP Streamlines Governance Structure
27 Sandy Blows Through . . . CAP Steps Up
Superstorm Sends Members Into Action
38 Minutemen Dedication Ceremony
Historic Marker Pays Tribute To World War II-era Members
44 Aerospace Education Boost
Defense Department Funds Contribute To CAP’s Classroom Programs
46 Grace Under Pressure
Member Cited For Quick Thinking As Airline Pilot
49 Lessons In Trust
Glider Pilot Draws On Experience To Teach Cadets