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Putnam Squadron Joins Nationwide Observance of Civil Air Patrol's 80th Anniversary
Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 80th Anniversary. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell issues proclamation marking the anniversary. By Major Peter Milano.
By: Civil Air Patrol, Putnam County Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.
While today's Civil Air Patrol is very different, its core missions remain the same – serving American communities. CAP has evolved into a multi-mission national organization. Operating the world's largest fleet of single engine aircraft and the country's largest fleet of service drones. CAP is also dedicated to providing communities with a suite of emergency services and humanitarian relief, as well as youth development, leadership initiatives, aerospace and STEM education programs. More than 55,000 senior and cadet volunteer members serve fellow Americans nationwide.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell issued a proclamation to mark the 80th anniversary, citing, "Among its many valuable contributions, CAP deterred enemy submarine operations during World War II, supported the Air Force's Ground Observer Corps in tracking suspected enemy aircraft in the 1950s, conducted aerial radiological monitoring of nuclear fallout, conducted counterdrug reconnaissance missions for law enforcement, assisted rescuers and state agencies immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks, supported hurricane relief efforts, responded to the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oils spills, and provided an array of support nationwide in response to the COVID-I9 pandemic. CAP also assists Air Force pilots with target-intercept training. CAP members have also provided expert aid to communities during floods, wildfires, ice storms, and tornadoes."
The proclamation also notes, "Youth gain invaluable educational and growth opportunities through CAP's nearly 25,000-member Cadet program, which annually provides access to top national summer flight academies for powered or glider aircraft. CAP also offers more than 30 national programs emphasizing leadership and careers in aviation."
For information about the Putnam County Squadron contact Major MacDermant at
(845) 216-5433, email email@example.com, or visit http://ny033.cap.gov.
Major Peter Milano, C.A.P. Public Affairs Officer