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O-Ride Weekend July 27-28, 2019 – Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg Civil Air Patrol is excited to announce the upcoming O-Ride Weekend.

Our plan is to have 3 planes and to conduct flights and flight line marshaling on Saturday and Sunday July 27-28, 2019

Preference will be given based on factors such as age and previous O-Rides. Those close to age 18 will get the highest preference.

We realize that some are not interested in flying. But for those that are the O-Ride program is a great opportunity to experience aviation first hand.

No transportation will be provided.

We will be meeting at Freedom Aviation at the Lynchburg airport. Specific details will be given to those that sign up.

Please use this form below to sign up.

Lynchburg in the Virginia Legislature!

The 22 Cadets and 8 Senior Members who participated in Virginia Legislative Day 2019

On February 6, 2019 five cadets from the Lynchburg Composite Squadron joined 17 others in participating in the first ever Virginia Legislative Day in our state’s capital in Richmond.  C/Capt Cornelia Fassero acted as the coordinator for Lynchburg’s participation in the event, and helped send out emails of information about the event, including transportation details.  In the past, cadets from Virginia were only granted the opportunity of the National Legislative Day in Washington DC, but this year, Wing Senior Member Leadership paved the way to provide additional opportunities at the state capitol.

The event involved sending highly qualified cadet and senior member volunteers to serve as ambassadors for the Civil Air Patrol as they discussed the program with individual Delegates and Senators in closed-door meetings.
Capitol Hill is usually very busy during this time, due to long committee meetings and general sessions, so naturally, some ambassador teams met with legislative staff and assistants in most meetings.

Some teams, however, were privileged to sit down with a few of the Senators and Delegates themselves, during which they had the opportunity to answer questions and really tell their story about their experiences in CAP.

“The event was really impactful for Virginia Wing CAP, and I really think that all of the cadets gained excellent communication skills”

C/Maj Matthew Bell

Each meeting was a unique experience, and provided each cadet with valuable public speaking practice.  “The event was really impactful for Virginia Wing CAP, and I really think that all of the cadets gained excellent communication skills.” commented C/Maj Matthew Bell, one of the cadets present during this event.  “I feel that through practice, I learned how to pitch something to someone, and that’s a skill not all adults learn how to do, and this event helped provide that practice.”

After each successful meeting with either a legislator or their staff member, cadets handed them with a unique challenge coin and patch representing Virginia’s legislative squadron, VA-999.

Although the main purpose and highlight of the event was the individual meetings with legislators, cadets and seniors also had the privilege of taking an impromptu tour of the capitol building, and later participated in an aerospace convention at the Richmond Train Station.

Overall, the event was a huge success for all members involved, and had minimal issues considering this was the first time it had ever been done.  C/Maj Bell summed it up best when he said, “I feel like everyone made a good demonstration of civil air patrol, everyone carried themselves professionally, and we made a lasting impact on the Virginia Legislature”

Special Thanks to the members of our squadron who participated and made this event possible!

  • Maj David Honeycutt (Senior Member Driver)
  • C/Lt John Sharp
  • C/Maj Matthew Bell
  • C/Capt Christiaan Grutz
  • C/Capt Deannah Bennett
  • C/Capt Cornelia Fassero

To find out more about how to join the Golden Eagle writing team and write articles like this, contact the Public Affairs OIC via email at john.sharp@vawg.cap.gov

Flag Day Guard Event at Runk and Pratt

Lynchburg recently had the opportunity to help the residents and staff of Runk and Pratt-Liberty Ridge celebrate Flag Day! This was quite an honor because some of these residents served in the military. One of the ladies there was one of the first females in the USAF, and she served valiantly as a nurse for 20 years leading up to Vietnam.

 

 

Our guard members took time out of busy schedules, and Encampment prep, so that they could honor the folks at the home. Most of the time, the opportunity to serve is all that is needed for our cadets to step up. This time, the job came with free donuts as a gift!

The Great Capsby

 

In April, Lynchburg CAP celebrated its 4th Annual Awards Banquet and Gala, this year dubbed The Great Capsby.

So many CAP members dedicated themselves to this event, and many of our Cadets and Senior Members would be honored. We had an incredible guest speaker in Lynchburg City Sheriff Don Sloan, and members of Wing Command were gracious enough to join us as well. Lynchburg Squadron worked very hard over the previous year, and it showed in the amount of awards achieved. The night was highlighted by a 1920’s feel, complete with antique cars from the era, and members sporting era clothing. Cadets, senior members, and family shared an incredible night, great food, and dancing.

Planning is already underway for next year’s event, which will be held a bit earlier in the year. If you have any feedback from the night that will help the squadron with next year’s event, or you would like to serve at the next Gala, please see the Activities staff and let them know!