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Did you know #MADDConsider practicing some of these tips to avoid binge drinking! Remember, binge drinking is 4 or more at a time for women, 5 or more at a time for men. ... See MoreSee Less

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FYI ... Sq56 will be at the event hosting a STEM booth. Please come out and join us!It's finally here! The Great Pacific Airshow returns this weekend to Huntington Beach and will run 11:30am-4:30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 - 21.

For anyone new to the area or to anyone visiting our City this weekend, the jet noise will be LOUD. Please make sure to make accommodations for anyone who may be disturbed, including pets. Loud jet noise is anticipated toward the end of the show each day.

Please do NOT call 911 unless you have a life threatening emergency. The Thunderbird team will participate in a practice flight taking place Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1pm - 2pm, so please be prepared for this as early as tomorrow morning.

Remember this is a NO DRONE ZONE. Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place beginning tomorrow and continue throughout the weekend.

The City welcomes you to come and enjoy this patriotic, family-friendly show. If you have any questions about where to go, what to bring, how to purchase tickets, or the schedule of events, visit You can also download the City of HB app in the Apple or Google Play store.

You may call 714-536-5985 if you would like to leave feedback, leave a message and someone will review messages and respond accordingly.
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#cawgcadets #civilairpatrol #goflycap #leadership #aerospace #capferlyfe #bestleadtherest @ Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, Civil Air Patrol
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I did not get the CAP Rocket Badge as a cadet, but did earn the Air Force Missile Badge maintaining Minuteman Missile sites in Montana, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Keep up the good work, Cadets!

2d Lt Rashid Tauqir gave a presentation tonight on fitness goals/planning for cadets to plan and dedicate themselves to reach their physical fitness goals.

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2d Lt Rashid Tauqir gave a presentation tonight on fitness goals/planning for cadets to plan and dedicate themselves to reach their physical fitness goals. 

#cawgcadets #civilairpatrol #goflycap #capferlyfe #physicalfitness #bestleadtherest

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Several awards were given out tonight, including a senior member promotion! SM Wiggins received the grade of 1st Lt tonight, while Capt Shaleana Benson, Capt Richard Benson, 1st Lt Stanback and C/2d Lt Kim received the Commander's Commendation award.

#civilairpatrol #goflycap #bestleadtherest #cawgcadets #capferlyfe @ Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, Civil Air Patrol
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Welcome to the dark side 1st Lt Wiggins!

***All parents of Sq56 are encouraged to attend next week’s meeting. Chaplain Martin will be presenting this class. ***Last evening, the national headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol, sent all members of the Chaplain Corps as well as all commanders, health services officers and CISM personnel, a link to the national October Down Day training material. In October we go beyond #Wellness to using the Five Pillars for #Resilience and #SuicidePrevention. ... See MoreSee Less

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***All parents of Sq56 are encouraged to attend next week’s meeting.   Chaplain Martin will be presenting this class. ***

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Squadron 56 representation at NCOS South! #cawgcadets #ncos #civilairpatrol #goflycap @ United States Armed Forces Reserve Center ... See MoreSee Less

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Students practicing the "Huh Hah" diaphragm exercise at NCOS South. ... See MoreSee Less

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Civil Air Patrol celebrates 74 years of volunteer service

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol turns 74 today with its 58,000 members poised to celebrate their rich heritage of volunteer service.

“What a year it has been!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer.

“Last December, shortly after our 73rd anniversary, Civil Air Patrol was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of our World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation,” he said. “The Capitol Hill celebration of the extraordinary contributions of these founding members of CAP showcased our proud legacy of sacrifice and service.”

CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members quickly proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along U.S. coastlines and waterways. The wartime service of CAP’s “sub chasers” helped stop the loss of American and Allied merchant vessels, saving the lives of untold thousands of sailors and countless millions of dollars of war materiel destined for the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

In addition to coastal patrols, CAP aircrews assisted with other essential wartime missions on the home front, such as search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing for military practice and transporting critical supplies. Members also managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators – many of them cadets – for future service in CAP and the military.

That legacy lives on in today’s all-volunteer force, which still contributes greatly to America’s defense by providing aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, giving Air Force fighter pilots practice in protecting America’s air space and helping train U.S. military troops for service overseas.

CAP members also make a profound difference in more than 1,500 communities across the nation, saving lives through search and rescue and other emergency services and conducting aerospace education and youth programs that help develop the nation’s next generation of leaders.

Civil Air Patrol’s contributions to national defense were recognized in August when the U.S. Air Force added the longtime Air Force Auxiliary to its Total Force team. Changes to Air Force doctrine officially made Civil Air Patrol a strategic partner of the Air Force and CAP members “Airmen” when conducting Air Force-assigned missions.

The 74th anniversary observance includes an annual “CAP Sunday” activity in which chaplains, character development officers and other members are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their place of worship. The activity is scheduled for the upcoming weekend, Dec. 4-6.

Civil Air Patrol, as 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 Total Force 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 74 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 for more information.

CAP contact:
Julie DeBardelaben – – 334-953-7748, ext. 250; 334-549-2224
Steve Cox – – 334-953-7748, ext. 251; 334-296-5881

Encampment – What a great experience!

Summer time for many pre-teens and teenagers consists of skateboards, playing the latest video game on the hottest gaming system and sleeping in. However in our circle, Civil Air Patrol – California Wing, summer means Encampment.

Encampment is a long tradition in California. The Cadet Training Group (CTG) was founded in 1975 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and has graduated almost 10,000 cadets, many of which come back for years to serve as cadet and senior staff members. Several of these cadets have gone on to hold successful careers as respected leaders in the military, business and aviation.

This year, July 1 – July 8, Squadron 56 had 17 members attend Encampment during the 40th Anniversary of the CTG. Of those 17 members, seven served on Cadre and Support Staff, including C/Maj. Lydia Philip (CTG Superintendent), C/2nd Lt. Mitch Ryder (Flight Commander) and C/SMSgt Alex Cortez (Mess Staff), Squadron Commander 1st Lt. Doug Miller (Mess Officer), Capt. Paula Shope (Admin. Officer), Capt. Jeff Goeggel (Encampment PAO), and 2nd Lt. Jet Miller (Asst. POA/Photographer).

The cadets, as well as their staff members, learned and applied the meaning of followership, leadership, teamwork and mentoring through a series of classroom presentations, hands-on activities and drill. It was a great experience our squadron members will never forget.

If you have the opportunity, ask them about their time at Encampment, but be ready to hear non-stop enthusiasm from each and every one of them. We hope to see you at next year’s Encampment!