Falcon Field Civil Air Patrol squadron needs to find new home by April 30

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Members of the Civil Air Patrol Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron. Photo/Submitted.
Members of the Civil Air Patrol Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron. Photo/Submitted.

The Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron (SER-GA-116) of the Civil Air Patrol has outgrown its current location at the airport and needs to find a new home by April 30.

CAP Capt. Candice Serafin said the unit is seeking assistance from our community, local businesses, public school officials, private school officials and churches. She said the composite squadron must find a new home by April 30.

Those with space available are asked to contact the facility committee at Sheila.Johnson@gawg.cap.gov

“We would like to thank ATP Flight School for their generosity for our ‘space’ for the past two years. They, too, have grown exponentially. Being on the airport generates excitement and a valuable ‘hands on’ experience for our 134 cadets and 94 senior members. Ideally, we would like to continue our location on the Atlanta Regional Airport Falcon Field. However, we will consider any facility in Peachtree City and adjacent areas,” said Lt. Col. Joel Seidband, Commander CAP.

Serafin said the local CAP unit helps the Fayette County community, the state and nation with emergency services missions.

“We also have a vibrant cadet program. We provide an outstanding teen leadership program that encourages our youth to investigate careers in aviation,” said Serafin. “As many of you well know, we currently have a shortage of aviators that will likely continue through the next decade. CAP is seen as a ‘pipeline’ for our youth to meet the demands. In addition, our senior members provide mentorship in many areas to our cadets. Our adult members come from all walks of life presenting diverse skill sets that make our unit a very vibrant and dynamic squadron.”

Serafin said the local unit supports the community by providing Commemorative Air Force’s Dixie Wing WWII Heritage Days parking assistance, aerospace education and recruiting.

“We also march in the Peachtree City Independence Day Parade. We supported the Georgia National Guard helping with their pre-deployment Family Day,” said Serafin. “Finally GA-116 supported a WWII Veterans Appreciation event with color guard and ushers. We closed out 2018 supporting Wreaths Across America – raising sponsorships for over 400 wreaths honoring fallen soldiers and hosting the ceremony at Fayetteville City Cemetery in conjunction with American Legion Post 105 and several other veterans’ organizations. Our color guard is always available, free of charge, to organizations on request.”

CAP’s awarding-winning program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities, said Serafin.

“The program shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program. Our cadets are experiencing orientation flights in powered and glider airplanes, aerospace education, earned 183 academic achievements, attending Spring and Winter week-long encampments at military bases,” Serafin said.

CAP provides experiences in radio communications, Cyber Patriot, ground team training, land navigation, emergency services training, rocketry, STEM programs, leadership, physical fitness, character development and scholarship opportunities.

For more information visit www. GA116.org.