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Civil Air Patrol celebrates its 80th anniversary

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 3:41 PM EST
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Founded at the onset of World War II, the Civil Air Patrol has been serving communities across the nation since 1941, including locally where there is an active CAP squadron.

Commander of the Southern Tier Cadet squadron Douglas Jensen reflected on the past 80 years and mentioned how during World War II, they were more aligned with the military compared to now when they are an auxiliary when needed.

Today, they provide a dynamic cadet and emergency services programs. They remain at the forefront of aviation and aerospace education for cadets.

One of their primary missions in the cadet program is to develop STEM awareness, support and enthusiasm for future leaders.

“We’re looking at rebuilding some emergency services potential within the Broome County area so that we have adequate search and rescue disaster relief response to assist the county when called upon and our cadet program here locally is doing better than ever so we have about 30 cadets that are active within the organization,” said Jenson.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Assemblywoman Donna Luaprdo and State Senator Fred Akshar joined to recognize the Air Patrol’s 80th anniversary.

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