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Martinsburg squadron of Civil Air Patrol seeks adult volunteers

December 30, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is looking to recruit volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.

They must possess the desire, willingness and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of the CAP. All prospective members are required to complete an application and fingerprint card, used to request an FBI criminal records check. There is also an annual membership fee. There are several categories of adult membership including aerospace education, affiliate, business and patron.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 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 91 lives in 2008. 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 23,000 young people participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

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For the past 66 years, the Martinsburg squadron has had a proud history of public service and has also received many state and national CAP honors. Quite a few Martinsburg cadets have gone on to successful military and civilian careers.

The squadron has a state-of-the-art Cessna 182T aircraft and new hangar.

For more information, go to http://gocivilairpatrol.com, http://martinsburgcap.com or contact Russell Voelker at 304-267-6403.

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