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Civil Air Patrol holds year-end banquet

June 15, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Local Civil Air Patrol cadets, friends, family and honored guests were recently treated to a year-end potluck dinner in the media center of Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral.

Among the V.I.P. guests in attendance were Shirley A. Nix, regent, Daughters of the Revolution, Barefoot Beach Chapter NSDAR, and Anne McGuire, regent, Lawrence Kearny Center. Also on hand were Lt. Col. Jim Spieth, commander of SER FL 816 ,and Lt. Col. Jim Kaletta from Group 5 Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol; and C/Lt. Col. Mikehla Hicks from the composite squadron SER-FL-51 in Punta Gorda.

The dinner featured chicken and ribs from Publix and donated by Lt. Col. Roger Borg, and the cadets brought cole slaw, potato salad, veggie platters and various side dishes and desserts from home.

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Photo by 1 Lt. Ruth Byron

C/2nd Lt. Cooper Bisbe receives the Billy Mitchell Award from Lt. Col. Jim Kaletta.

The DAR presented an award to Lt. Col. Jim Spieth and Major Nancy Spieth for all the hard work they have done for the community and youth over the years.

C/2nd Lt .Tristan Palmer was also recognized for his hard during the year and for earning the most awards and promotions for the year. And C/2nd Lt. Cooper Bisbe received the Billy Mitchell Award

A record number of promotions and awards were also presented.

This dinner caps off a year of studying, lectures, PT, drill and activities such as bivouac, Aviation Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies for the cadets.


The Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. It's members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of World War II veterans. CAP also participates in the Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U. S. military veterans.

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