Full restoration of CAP’s fiscal budget means more cadets like Cadet Airman 1st Class Daniel Henao of the Florida Wing’s Boca Raton Composite Squadron, seen here receiving instruction from pilot Maj. Richard Davis – operations officer for Group 6 – before takeoff at Boca Raton Airport in a CAP Cessna 172, can receive orientation flights.
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – The U.S. Congress has fully restored Civil Air Patrol’s fiscal year 2012 budget. As a result, all flying operations are not only back to normal, but more money is also available in this year’s budget for Air Force mission training and cadet orientation flights than CAP had last year.
“This is an excellent opportunity to fly our cadets and take advantage of funded training opportunities,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander. “Cadet orientation flights are a very important activity. Our cadet program continues to grow, in part, due to the enthusiasm and excitement these flights instill in our cadets.
“Training is, of course, what keeps us relevant in this rapidly changing, technologically driven world,” Carr added. “I hope the number of Air Force training events, as well as the number of participants, will be at an all-time high this year in response to this outstanding opportunity to increase our members’ mission execution skills.”
CAP units that don’t have enough funding for Air Force training or cadet orientation flights should contact their wing commanders to let them know additional funds are needed, he said.