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Civil Air Patrol squadron plans open house

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POSTED September 18, 2009 2:12 a.m.
LATHROP – The Sierra Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharpe Depot on Roth Road in Lathrop.

Lt. Col. Stephen England, squadron commander, said the community is welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.   

Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. CAP was established Dec. 1, 1941, and Sierra Composite Squadron is celebrating Civil Air Patrol Week Dec. 1-7. The open house is part of the anniversary observance designed to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP 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 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit http://sq72.cawg.cap.gov. 
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