IMPORTANT Issue: Civil Air Patrol Legislation before the PA House; your immediate support needed!
Immediate Action Required: Please contact your State Representative immediately and ask them co-sponsor legislation being introduced by State Representative Barry Jozwiak.
Please contact your State Representative and urge them to cosponsor this legislation!
CALL TO ACTION:
Find your PA Representative's contact info by clicking on this link Pennsylvania House of Representatives website;
look up your State Representative and their e-mail address or use the "Contact Me" feature on their website. There's a sample letter below. PLEASE edit it to make it your own! What's important is your ACTION!
Please direct any questions concerning this matter to Lt Col Kevin Berry....
PLEASE edit to make it your own words!
We need your support. Please co-sponsor the legislation that Representative Barry Jozwiak will introduce to enable the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth even better. His bill will amend Title 51 (Military Affairs) to allow the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to be a liaison for the CAP and supervise expenditures of state funding and maintenance and use of Commonwealth facilities.
More than 1900 volunteer members (910 cadets and 1000 adults) serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via Civil Air Patrol in 51 Squadrons and 6 Groups across the wing. Most serve in all three CAP missions: Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. In addition to our volunteers' dedication, the diversity of our membership contributes significantly to our success. From our youngest 12-year-old cadet members through adults in their eighth and ninth decades, all may serve effectively in the Civil Air Patrol.
The dedicated volunteers of Civil Air Patrol proudly provide a service to the Commonwealth and for that ask only that the consideration is given other volunteers who also give of themselves for the benefit of their fellow citizens. Our volunteers responded on 15 search and rescue missions in FY 2015 resulting in 11 finds and participated in three other state-supported missions. Most missions had nearly 40 members participating in each mission. Counter Drug flights in support of the Pennsylvania State Police, County Drug Task Forces, and Pennsylvania National Guard helped law enforcement agencies by identifying, and marking the location of suspicious agricultural growth with a street value estimated at more than $4.5 million. Pennsylvania Wing's Counter Drug flying program logged 1,284 flight hours in 2015 and represented several thousand volunteer man-hours contributed by CAP aircrews, mission planners, and operations personnel. Pennsylvania Wing flew 2,538 hour in FY 2015, employing 13 CAP aircraft based strategically at airports in the Commonwealth. The volunteer hours our members provided represent a contribution worth more than $5.4 million for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during FY 2015.
Every year, the funding for CAP in the state budget needs to be restored. By codifying the Civil Air Patrol's state operations in Title 51 under the leadership of the Adjutant General, it will allow CAP to continue our work and serve as an investment towards public safety within the Commonwealth.
Please join Representative Jozwiak in sponsoring this important legislation. His co-sponsorship memo was released on April 14, 2016. Thank you for your support of the Pennsylvania Wing.
Rank Name, CAP
Thank you for your support of this important legislation for Pennsylvania Wing! Please contact me with any questions.
Lt Col Kevin Berry, CAP
Pennsylvania Wing Chief of Staff
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
P.S. Here is a link to the Memo for the codification of this bill: