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CAP participates in exercise

December 07, 2008

The Hagerstown Squadron of Civil Air Patrol has been active for more than 50 years and recently participated in a search and rescue exercise based at the Easton, Md., airport.

Maj. Bill Donovan, Capt. Curtis Berry and 1st Lt. Charles Summers were the aircrew involved and Maj. Raymond Feliciano was assistant air branch director.

Recent promotions in the organization were Robert McCurdy promoted to captain and Joe Rutledge promoted to first lieutenant.

Personal development in the squadron consisted of CPR instructions by Capt. Fox to ground team trainees and cadets. Capt. Berry also received his pilot instrument rating.

The Hagerstown Squadron meets Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jarkey Drive, Washington County Regional Airport. The building is behind Nick's Airport Inn. The age requirement for cadets is 12 to 18.

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The Civil Air Patrol (auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force) celebrated its 67th anniversary Dec. 1. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of 57,000 members was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Today, CAP responds day and night when planes are overdue and emergency locator transmitters are activated. CAP is also active during natural disasters; ground searches for lost individuals and provides leadership instructions and aerospace education to cadets.

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