The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Boca Raton Composite Squadron presented a plaque to the Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) in appreciation for a generous donation to help pay for leasing space at the Boca Raton Airport.

Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Michael T. Harding said: “CAP greatly appreciates the generous donation from BRAA which is used for leasing a hangar holding the squadron’s Cessna 182 G1000 provided by the Air Force, and the adjacent half hangar where the squadron conducts training and weekly meetings. The Cessna aircraft is used to conduct Emergency Services training, Search and Rescue Operations, Disaster Relief, Cadet Orientation flights, and other operations as tasked by the Air Force. The meeting space operates as a training and equipment storage facility as well as an Operations Center. Our bare bones meeting space hangar still needs insulation and a second floor to make it a fully functional training base in South Florida, but we’re working on it!”

“Because of the support of the Boca Raton Airport Authority, over the past year we were able to find a missing aircraft, save a missing person, assist in two hurricane relief missions, and numerous other missions to support the community and the Air Force.  The local community greatly benefits from CAP services especially during and after natural disasters and when assistance is needed in finding missing planes, boats or people on land. We work closely with local organizations such as the Red Cross, local Police, Coast Guard and others. During the past year a Ground Search and Rescue team of the Boca Raton Squadron found an elderly missing man in Pembroke Pines and was able to reunite him with his family.”

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