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Photo submitted Mary L. Richards, Senior Air Patrol Member, left, with Elkins Town Mayor Jerry Marco after the signing of a proclamation recognizing the organization’s 80th anniversary on Thursday. Cadet Major Nathaniel Whetsell and Cadet Charles White, right, also attended the event.

ELKINS – Members of the West Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol joined Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco at city hall Thursday for a signed proclamation in commemoration of the Civil Air Patrol agency’s 80th anniversary.

The Town of Elkins and Marco congratulated CAP on 80 years of serving America and its exceptional cadet and aerospace programs, which touch the lives and keep thousands of American citizens safe every year.

“One of my former basketball players (Nathaniel Whetsell) is a member of the Civil Air Patrol”, Marco said. “Knowing someone who is currently active in the organization has helped me better understand the impact it has on the community and the United States. They have really helped to bolster the high level of safety that we as a nation seek and it is an honor to have a squadron so close to us.

The Civil Air Patrol, which is the official auxiliary to the United States Air Force, was founded on December 1, 1941 to supplement defense organizations and the United States military during World War II. In 1946, Congress incorporated CAP as a nonprofit voluntary civilian organization to provide and assist U.S. citizens in the development of aviation and the maintenance of air supremacy, fostering volunteerism among private citizens for the public welfare and provide aviation education and training to adult and youth members. .

In 1948, the CAP was designated as a civilian auxiliary to the US Air Force, tasked by the Secretary of the Air Force with performing non-combat missions on behalf of the service, including humanitarian and search and rescue missions.

Each year, more than 650 members of the West Virginia Wing conduct search and rescue, disaster relief, emergency service and homeland security missions. Civil Air Patrol is responsible for 90 percent of interior search and rescue missions in the United States, as requested by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies

In 2015, CAP was officially a member of the Air Force Total Force, joining the Regular Army, National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Civilian and Auxiliary members as a Airmen on missions for the Air Force.

Since its inception, CAP has distinguished itself during the country’s most tumultuous times, including deterring enemy submarine operations during World War II and assisting rescuers and state agencies immediately after the terrorist attacks in Canada. September 11, 2001. The long list of assistance it provides to the nation is little known and also includes support and relief in national disasters, and more recently, a range of nationwide support in response to the pandemic of COVID-19.

As a non-profit organization, the ACP plays a leading role in aerospace education using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education based on national academic standards. CAP reaches over 1,800 educators and over 200,000 youth in classrooms across America, teaching multidisciplinary aviation concepts that emphasize aviation’s connection to history, math , science, government and economics.

For more information on civilian air patrol, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

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