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Local VFW post supports Civil Air Patrol in Harford County

February 1, 2020 — NORTH EAST, Md. — A local Veterans of Foreign Wars post donated funds to help Harford County’s Civil Air Patrol program.

VFW Post 6027 recently provided $1,500 to help cover the costs of keeping Civil Air Patrol’s Harford Composite Squadron aircraft protected in a hanger during the winter months.

Squadron Commander Maj. Sam Thomas and Senior Enlisted Advisor Senior Master Sgt. Ray Conger read a letter of appreciation to and presented a memento at a post meeting Jan. 14. VFW Post Commander Gene Daley accepted the tribute on behalf of his post members.

“I am grateful to the North East VFW for their rapid response to our pending need for a hangar to store our CAP aircraft,” Thomas said. “Keeping our plane free from ice and snow allows a rapid response time to real world emergencies.”

Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Its mission is to support America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

The squadron’s Cessna 182 single-engine aircraft is normally sitting out in the elements at Harford Airport. During the winter, the aircraft is often covered with frost and ice, which requires a significant investment of time, temperature and effort to clear before the aircraft can take off. By keeping the airplane in a hanger, the squadron can quickly provide emergency response.

“The donation also provided a comfortable area to preflight and do static training for senior members and cadets alike,” Thomas said. “The North East VFW’s generous donation came at the perfect time to protect our aircraft from winter weather conditions.”

Harford Composite Squadron features both adult and youth programs. The unit meets Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Aberdeen Proving Ground STEM Center, Building 4508, 6483 Wayberry Road.

Do you have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, or are considering a career in the military? Do you want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, as well as parents and adults interested in the cadet and/or senior program are welcome to visit meetings and talk with the staff. Follow the squadron on Facebook.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for information.

More than 1,500 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew 13 actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook.


Photo: Civil Air Patrol Maj. Sam Thomas (right), Harford Composite Squadron commander, presents a memento to VFW Post 6027 in North East, Md. Gene Daley (center), is the post commander, CAP Senior Master Sgt. Ray Conger (left), is the Harford Composite Squadron senior enlisted advisor. (Courtesy photo)

2nd Lt. Dave McNally, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Harford Composite Squadron

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