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Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol
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CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL PRESENTATION HONORS CAP'S WWII SERVICE
Its Done! - President Signs CAP CGM Into Law
May 30, 2014 -- President signs the CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill into law.
On May 19, 2014, at 5:40 PM the House of Representatives passed the Senate CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill.
The House bill HR 755 has 354 cosponsors and the Senate bill S 309 had 83.
The Senate bill (S 309) passed the Senate on May 20, 2013.
Civil Air Patrol National Commander Joseph Vazquez looks on as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Lester Wolff, a former member of Congress and Civil Air Patrol veteran, during a ceremony Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Vazquez and Wolff accepted the medal on behalf of the CAP World War II members. (U.S. Air Force/Andy Morataya)
The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bills award a single medal to Civil Air Patrol in honor of the unusual service of all of our CAP World War II veterans. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate their service at no cost to the government
Our veterans, as volunteer unpaid civilians, conducted combat and humanitarian missions during a critical time of need for the nation. Amazingly, many flew their own aircraft on hazardous missions, in bad weather and often at their expense during the war. Others flew search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing and other essential wartime missions. Still more members managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators for future service in the CAP and the military. Cadet members both trained to serve in the military as well as to serve their communities during the war. Many assisted with critical missions on the home front.
The Massachusetts Wing oversees all Civil Air Patrol operations and squadrons within the state. Our mission is "Committed to excellence in the execution of our missions of Emergency Service, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education in service to our members, our communities, and our nation.
We are the civilian arm of the US Air Force. We have an award-winning youth program that promotes self-initiative, discipline, leadership and personal growth and development. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011.
Civil Air Patrol volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Our members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.
The members of Massachusetts Wing provide humanitarian aid during natural disasters, work closely with state and local emergency service agencies (law enforcement, fire, search and rescue) as well as the US Department of Homeland Security and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). We are a 501c3 "not for profit" that does all of this using dedicated volunteers from all over the State of Massachusetts!
Civil Air Patrol members consist of cadets (11 - 21 years old), and senior members (18+ years old). Our members come from all walks of life, but most have an interest in aviation, supporting the local communities, and or helping our nation's youth become better citizens of the United States of America.
Civil Air Patrol can become an exciting & rewarding part of your life!
Pilgrim Composite Squadron Cadet Color Guard!
2014 Massachusetts Wing Color Guard Competition
1st Place Color Guard Champions
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