A Promotion Ceremony was conducted at the CAP hanger (located on the north end of the Marco Island airport) during the regularly scheduled August 15th meeting.
The Civil Air Patrol awards individual rank to members based upon length of service and professional development course study. New members with previous military service maintain their active duty rank when they join CAP and they can progress to a higher rank as they complete the required educational and volunteer service requirements.
Members with no previous military affiliation begin their advancement as Senior Members and, upon completion of their courses of study and volunteer service, can become a Second Lieutenant (and progress to First Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel).
Lieutenant Colonel Ray Rosenberg, Unit Commander, front row left, is pictured with those promoted and their fellow CAP members standing, along with the newly acquired Cessna 182T. Standing in the first row are the four newly promoted officers (left to right) Lt Col Rosenberg, 1Lt Robert Corriveau, Major Cynthia Dohm, Captain Steven Smith, and Captain Harold (Jim) Hendricks.
The Marco CAP Squadron also has recently distinguished itself in the Florida Wing, by being designated to host an upcoming state-wide practice Search and Rescue drill in preparation for the annual U S Air Force inspection in November. The weekend event will require twenty hotel rooms on the island to accommodate those from the Wing Staff across the state.
Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force’s uniformed volunteer civilian auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 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 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. 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 the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 69 years. For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com