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Floyd Bennett Senior Squadrons

Floyd Bennett Senior Squadrons

Floyd Bennett Senior Squadrons

The United States Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has three main missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.

Aerospace Education is an extensive program that involves both internal and external training, by educating the membership and community. Civil Air Patrol provides support for more than 100 workshops at colleges throughout the United States, develops, publishes, and distributes aerospace curriculum for classroom grades K through college, and provides classroom materials, teacher training, and other educational aids at no cost to America’s teachers. Civil Air Patrol sponsors the annual National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), and provides speakers and direct assistance to teachers through the regional Directors of Aerospace Education.

The Cadet Programs include comprehensive physical and character-building programs, allowing the individual cadet to expand his or her creativity and sense of self-esteem, yet also carefully indoctrinating young adults to a regimented lifestyle, to a degree, as one would experience in the armed services. The cadet program encompasses a 15-step program that includes aviation and aerospace activities. From six to ten percent of each class entering the military service academies are former CAP cadets. Cadets who have earned the General Billy Mitchell Award are eligible to enlist in the Air Force at a higher pay grade. The opportunity exists for cadets to participate and compete in activities at the local, state, region, and national levels, and, to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange program. There are scholarships available in several disciplines, and cadets have an opportunity to earn Federal Aviation Administration pilot ratings.

Civil Air Patrol’s Emergency Services programs range from searches for emergency locator transmitters to disaster relief efforts. With the use of corporate-owned and privately volunteered aircraft, mobile and foot ground teams, composed of well-trained senior and cadet members, Civil Air Patrol effectively and efficiently enhances the overall delivery of search and rescue services and disaster relief, often as missions assigned by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Langley, VA. The Civil Air Patrol works with local, state, and federal agencies, assists Federal agencies on the war on drugs, and provides damage assessment, radiological monitoring, light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys for the United States Air Force.

The Floyd Bennett Senior Squadron, chartered by Civil Air Patrol in December 1999, was initially organized by six members who were involved with Amateur Radio and emergency communications. The initial idea behind the formation of the Squadron was to have a core of members available to develop, expand, and enhance the overall communications abilities and capabilities of the Squadrons in New York City. In addition, the members of the Floyd Bennett Senior Squadron believe in cooperation with, openness by, and enhancing interaction between local Squadrons. The facilities, knowledge, assets, and resources are there for sharing. The group is adamant about enhancing and improving professional ties with local agencies and organizations, particularly those based at or operating from historic Floyd Bennett Field.

The Floyd Bennett Squadron is currently developing a Cadet program with the cooperation of New York City School District 27, which encompasses the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, South Ozone Park, Ozone Park, and Richmond Hill, Queens. The first recruitment effort is taking place at Benjamin Cardozo Middle School (M.S. 198) in Arverne. We encourage all students in the sixth grade or age 12 and above and parents alike to find out more about our Squadron and the United States Air Force Auxiliary.

The staff of the Floyd Bennett Senior Squadron is always looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds to provide the Squadron with the necessary ingredients for success in areas such as communications, computer science, public relations, education, legal, medical, earth sciences, aeronautics and aviation.

Floyd Bennett Senior Squadron meets three times each month at Floyd Bennett Field, on the first, third, and fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. They meet on the first Wednesday at the facilities of the New York City Police Department Special Operations Division/Aviation Unit, and the third and fourth Wednesdays at their office on the second floor of the Armed Forces Reserve Center. Please call (718) 252-3100, extension 347, and leave a message if interested in attending a meeting. Their web site is at http://www.nycgroup.net/.

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