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Civil Air Patrol

I have been a member of Civil Air Patrol (the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force) since 1992.  For the first eight or nine years, I trained as a Mission Observer--an aircrew position responsible for radio communications, navigation and coordination on search and rescue missions.  When I became more active in the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, I decided to limit my involvement to mostly recruiting on a part-time basis.

With my move to San Jose, I have decided to become more active in CAP and have joined San Jose Squadron 80 at Reid-Hillview Airport, just a few miles from my home.  I am the Personnel Officer and Administration Officer for the squadron.  I'm also working on attaining an Airborne Photographer and Observer rating to enhance my aircrew status. 

Civil Air Patrol is a great volunteer organization, especially if you have an interest in aviation.  But don't think you need to be a pilot or even have to go up in a plane.  There are plenty of mission positions where you get to keep your feet on the ground: radio operator; ground team member; urban direction finding team; and lots of other ways to help out in life-saving missions without getting into an airplane. 

For more information or to find a local squadron near you, go to gocivilairpatrol.com

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