Monday, May 24, 2010

Civil Air Patrol - Pontchartrain Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates Armed Forces Day at The National World War II Museum

NEW ORLEANS (May 15, 2010)- The Pontchartrain Composite Squadron joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the National WW II Museum in celebrating the Armed Forces Day on Saturday May 15. Nine members of the squadron set up displays and information tables along with all the service branches of the military.
  The Museum, in partnership with the Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee, hosted a full day of programs and presentations to members representing all the service branches. Civil Air Patrol’s Alvin Callender Composite Squadron from the New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base was the host for Pontchartrain squadron in setting up displays inside and outside the museum showing search and rescue equipment, vehicles and information brochures on our senior and cadet programs.
  Additionally there were CAP squadrons from Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Hammond, New Orleans Lakefront and NAS New Orleans, and Metairie, La. Present to support this event. The Louisiana Gonzales, Wing of CAP has over 500 members, representing 14 squadrons located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Gonzales, Hammond, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Patterson and Shreveport.

N.A.S.A.’s Michoud Facility Will Host an Civil Air Patrol Cadet Tour

New Orleans, LA - N.A.S.A.’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans will host a aerospace education tour for cadets from four squadrons across southern Louisiana on 8 June 2010. The cadets will tour through one of the nation’s largest aerospace production buildings in which the external fuel tanks for the Space Shuttle Program are manufactured.
  Cadets from the Alvin Callender,  Ascension, Hammond and the Pontchartrain Composite squadron, age 12 -18 will see how the shuttle tanks are made and will learn of Michoud’s history in support of N.A.S.A.’s Apollo, Space Shuttle and the new Constellation programs.
  The Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol has over 500 members representing 14 squadrons, located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Gonzales, Hammond, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Patterson and Shreveport.
    Lt John Wigginton of the Pontchartrain Composite Squadron, Metairie, La, is the project officer organizing this tour. Any questions regarding this tour or other CAP activities please contact Lt Wigginton at

  Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 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 A.F.R.C.C. with saving 72 lives in the fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter drug 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 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.
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2nd Lt John Wigginton, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Pontchartrain Composite Squadron
Metairie, La.

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