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West Virginia Wing Conducts Legislative Day at State Capitol

WV Legislative Day
 -- 80 members of the West Virginia Wing of Civil Air Patrol were at the state capitol for “Civil Air Patrol West Virginia Wing Legislative Day” on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The West Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate presented a “Legislative Citation” to the officers and cadets of WV Wing CAP, recognizing them for their service since 1941 as “Citizens Serving Communities.”

Also recognized was a W.Va. Wing former commander, Col. Bobby Anderson, one of only two living state recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal.

The day also included a photo op with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin who presented the Wing a proclamation. Pictures can be found on the Wing's Facebook page.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers 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 nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.