Cadet and Senior members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Westchester Cadet Squadron 1 came together on October 6 to assist the Collins Foundation with its “Wings of Freedom” tour at Westchester County Airport.
Captain Steve Kahaner (Pelham) and 2d Lieutenant Jude Stenson (New Rochelle) manned a booth at the airport and fielded questions about the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), while various cadets, including Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSgt) Le Vaughn Monteith (Pelham), C/SSgt Branden Knight (Pelham), C/SSgt Alejandro Kahaner (Pelham), and Cadet Airman Vera Muntean (New Rochelle) assisted the Collins Foundation by, among other things, cleaning the wing surfaces of their planes. The planes brought to the Westchester Country Airport included a B-17G Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator and a P-51 Mustang, among others, which were open for tours and even passenger flights for those willing to pay a hefty sum.
For more information about the Civil Air Patrol or Westchester Cadet Squadron 1, please visit www.westcadets.org or contact Capt. Steven M. Kahaner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.