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Boone County's Civil Air Patrol to Host Open House to Raise Public Awareness, Understanding

Boone County Cadet Squadron 050, a local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) unit, is hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Monday, August 27 at the Walton National Guard Armory located at 183 Beaver Rd. in Walton

Afterwards, visitors are invited to stay for the organization's monthly awards and promotions ceremony. Lt. Col. Jaimie L Henson, squadron commander, invites residents from all over Northern Kentucky to stop by and learn more about Civil Air Patrol; its programs; and special activities for youth ages 12 - 17, and adults. 

Squadron members and wing staff will be available to greet visitors and talk about the three missions of CAP: aerospace education; cadet programs, and emergency services. In addition, displays and hands-on demonstrations in areas specific to cadet programming will be set up including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), leadership, fitness, and character development. 

The Boone County Cadets, along with the entire CAP Kentucky Wing, are celebrating a week-long Statewide Open House August 21-30. These open house activities are designed to foster a greater awareness of Civil Air Patrol’s presence in Kentucky while building relationships with civic leaders and other local volunteer organizations. Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center with saving an average of 80 lives annually.

CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Moreover, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Those wishing to learn more are encouraged to visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com; www.CAP.news or www.kywg.cap.gov for more information.