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Civil Air Patrol National Commander
Maj. Gen. Dwight H. Wheless
CAP-U.S. Air Force Commander & Senior Air Force Adviser
Air Force Col. George C. Vogt
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James F. Tynan
FLORIDA – Two seniormembers with Florida Wing’sMarco Senior Squadron helpedrescue a 47-foot Catamaran offthe coast of North Carolina inNovember.While sailing from Annapo-lis, Md., to Marco Island, Fla.,sailboat owner 1st Lt. KennethBardon, Lt. Col. Lee Hendersonand two other passengerspicked up a Mayday radiodistress call from the Catamaranand responded by sailing to theboat and providing a communi-cations link to the U.S. CoastGuard.Colonel Henderson was onwatch 20 miles off the coast, justsouth of Cape Hatteras, N.C.,when he heard a distress callcome in from the Catamaran.According to the call, the boathad lost its mast in 40 mph windgusts and 12-foot seas. TheCoast Guard also heard the call,but the Catamaran crew couldnot receive their responsebecause the boat’s antenna wasattached to the downed mast.Lieutenant Bardon plotted
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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS —Civil Air Patrol and the Federal AviationAdministration have signed a newagreement to collaborate on aerospaceeducation.Officials of the two groups signed amemorandum of understanding Oct. 12 atFAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.Both CAP and FAA have nationalsupport programs for aerospace educa-tion teachers. As part of the new agree-ment, CAP will support FAA workshopsand make its aerospace instructionalmaterials available to teachers in the FAAAviation Education Outreach Program.The groups will also collaborate ondistributing information to educators intheir respective newsletters and on theirWeb sites.Signing the agreement were CAPNational Commander Maj. Gen. Dwight H.Wheless and FAA Administrator MarionC. Blakey. Also present were Judy Rice,CAP National Headquarters deputydirector of aerospace education, SheilaBauer, FAA National Aviation EducationProgram manager, Amy Corbett, FAANew England Region administrator, andDr. Mervin K. Strickler, a pioneeringeducator considered the nation’s “father”of aerospace education.Strickler has the distinction of beingthe only educator who has ever devel-oped aerospace education programs forboth CAP and FAA. He planned anddirected the modernization of CAP’s post-World War II aerospace educationprogram from 1951 to 1960. Strickler didsimilar work for the newly formed FAAfrom 1960 to 1979.Strickler praised FAA for its leadershipin getting many important aviation organiza-tions to share resources and teachingmaterials for students and teachers.“Throughout my teaching, consulting,aviation work and public service, I’vefound that one can do much more bydeveloping partnerships to achievemutual objectives,” Mr. Strickler said.“This agreement will be a positiveinfluence on thousands of educators and,ultimately, millions of young people. Theultimate winners will be a better informedand better trained generation of citizensand aerospace leaders for the 21stcentury.”As part of the agreement, CAP willpromote FAA’s education programsduring the 2006 National Conference onAviation and Space Education, an annualevent which CAP has hosted for decades.The 2006 conference, scheduled for Oct.6-8 in Washington, D.C., will showcase avariety of aviation and space leaders andallow them to share information withteachers from throughout the nation.“CAP and FAA have worked togetherfor years,” said Wheless, “not only in theaerospace education arena, but throughour respective ties to emergency servicesand general aviation. Organizations likeours that support aviation and spaceeducation have a responsibility to joinforces. It’s only through public awarenessand education that we’ll develop ournation’s future leaders in aviation andspace technology.”“The top pilots of tomorrow areearning their wings right now in CAP,”Ms. Blakey said. “Joining forces with CAPis going to pay dividends for the FAA andfor aviation. CAP gives the youth ofAmerica a big horizon to reach for.”The FAA establishes partnershipswith government agencies, aviationadvocates, industries, learning institu-tions, and other organizations topromote skills and knowledge critical toaccomplishing its mission of ensuringthe safety of all who fly. A major focusin support of the agency’s goals is theFAA’s Aviation and Space EducationProgram, which sponsors AviationCareer Education Camps where youthare exposed to math, science andtechnology through aviation education,as well as in-depth exploration ofaviation career opportunities that mightotherwise be unattainable.The FAA-CAP agreement focuses onstudent outreach programs that lead to abetter trained and better prepared futureaerospace work force, as well as jointinitiatives that expose youth to aviationand aerospace careers through partner-ship opportunities.For more information on CAP, go towww.cap.gov. For information on FAA, goto www.faa.gov. For a copy of the officialmemorandum of understanding betweenCAP and FAA, go to www.cap.gov/aeunder “Latest News.”
CAP, FAA sign agreement, join forces in aerospace education
the Catamaran’s position andthen got underway to link up withthe sailboat, which was onlythree miles from their location.They reached the boat in 30minutes and provided communi-cations support until helparrived.The Coast Guard immedi-ately launched a rescue boat outof Morehead City, N.C., whichreached the Catamaran in aboutfour hours. Lieutenant Bardonand his passengers thencontinued on their journey south.According to LieutenantBardon, the group learned twodays later, while sailing offFlorida’s east coast, the CoastGuard towed the Catamaran andits passengers safely intoMorehead City for repairs.
Lt. Col. Lee Henderson & 1st Lt. Kenneth Bardon
FL SENIOR MEMBERSRESCUE FOUNDERING47-FOOT CATAMARAN