Group 3 Commander Lampasona Presents Awards and Certificates and Holds Question-Answer Session
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182
Dateline: July 15, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
A driving rain, which the National Weather Service deemed the 50-year storm event, caused the cancellation of Group 3 Commander Steve Lampasona’s planned visit to FL 182, Pinellas Senior Squadron. With flooded roadways and access impeded, FL 182 Commander, Maj Adrian Cuarta, made the important decision to cancel, as safety comes first in Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
Maj Lampasona was rescheduled to the following meeting, June 17, 2015, a clear, sunny and hot Florida day.
The purpose of Lampasona’s visit was to present awards and certificates to some of the senior members, and also hold a question and answer session on the direction of Group 3 and Florida Wing (FLWG) in the coming year, which included discussion of new programs, funding issues, and the upcoming CAP national conference to be held in Orlando in August, 2015.
Lampasona presented the following awards and certificates to FL 182 members:
2d Lt Wayne Zelinsky earned the Brig General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Award (Yeager) for having completed the Aerospace Education (AE) program for senior members; he also earned a Certificate of Completion for Squadron Leadership School (SLS);
2d Lt Keith Lukat, FL 182’s Emergency Services Officer, received his Certificate of Completion for SLS;
2d Lt John Buonasera also earned the Yeager award for completing the AE program;
Lt Col Joyce Nader was presented the 2014 Florida Wing (FLWG) Eileen Tonkinson Public Affairs Officer of the Year award. Nader was unable to attend and receive her award at the FLWG conference held in Orlando in May, 2015, as she was participating in CAP’s National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.
At the conclusion of the awards presentation, Lampasona took questions from the twenty members in attendance.
After the question-answer session, Cuarta invited Lampasona to stay for the remainder of the meeting, conducting regular and new business. Of the Group 3 Commander’s visit, Cuarta noted to the members, “it is an honor and privilege to have our Group commander present these certificates and awards.” Cuarta then shared with the members that “Group 3 received its own honor at the FLWG conference in May, 2015, being named Group of the Year, under the distinguished leadership and guidance of Maj Lampasona.”
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals 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 more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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