Civil Air Patrol recruiting volunteers


AUBURN — Colonel Dan Leclair, commander of the Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol, has assigned Captain Mary Story as the recruiting and retention officer for the Maine Wing.

Story’s duties will be to recruit volunteers to join the Civil Air Patrol. She will help promote the Civil Air Patrol with presentations throughout the state. The CAP also has a new van to use as a recruiting tool in parades and other events.

The Civil Air Patrol offers different programs and volunteer opportunities.

The Aerospace Education Excellence program gives teachers added materials for their classrooms. Aerospace education members are given access to teaching tools, including lesson plans and textbooks. Through the program, educators are provided national standards based activity books that emphasize the connection of aviation and space to history, math, science and other subject areas.

Senior members can choose to receive training in the multitude of volunteer positions. Public relations officers relay CAP news to local media, write stories and take photographs. Chaplins serve by influencing the character and development of the youth and serving as a member of the team during local and national emergencies.

Those who enjoy radio operation have communication skills that would be an asset to the organization. Members are often called upon to assist local and state and federal agencies.

Civil Air Patrol pilots give youth their first taste of flying in cadet orientation flights. 

The cadet programs for youths age 12 to 21 help develop leadership and technical skills. Youth can learn about survival skills, radio communications, model rocketry, CPR, astronomy or sports.