Civil Air Patrol Senior Member Eric Boe Is Pilot For Upcoming
Civil Air Patrol's past and
present "Spaatz" cadets will hear from one of their own, U.S.
astronaut Eric Boe, when they convene Saturday for The Spaatz
Association's 2010 Annual Dinner and Awards Event at the Crystal
Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.
Boe, a U.S. Air Force colonel and Civil Air Patrol senior
member, reached great heights in 2008 as pilot of the Space Shuttle
Endeavour. The 16-day mission, STS-126, was a great success,
delivering equipment and supplies to expand the capacity of the
International Space Station in late 2008. He expects to return to
space later this year as the shuttle pilot for STS-133, targeted to
launch in September. The eight-day mission will carry a pressurized
logistics module to the space station.
Like many of the former and current cadets attending Saturday's
dinner, Boe is a recipient of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award - CAP's
highest cadet award. He earned the award as a CAP cadet in Georgia
in 1983 and retains his CAP membership today. He credits CAP for
first sparking his interest in flight and is a staunch supporter of
CAP, serving as keynote speaker for the nonprofit, all-volunteer
organization's annual conference in San Antonio in September.
At the annual conference, Boe encouraged both CAP cadets and
senior members to "Dream big! You have to be able to dream it
before you can do it." That is a message he is expected to bring to
Arlington Saturday when he visits with his fellow Spaatz cadets as
their featured speaker.
The Spaatz banquet is part of a full week of activities for
Civil Air Patrol members. During CAP's Legislative Day, on
Thursday, the organization's 52 wing and eight region commanders,
as well as youth involved in the cadet program, will personally
brief their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., on
how CAP's primary missions - search and rescue, emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs - have made a difference in
their communities during fiscal year 2009.
"Our legislators, and the citizens they represent, are CAP's
stakeholders," said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S.
Courter. "We want them to know what an incredible job CAP
volunteers are doing in their communities both in the air and on
CAP resources were put to work in 2009 in support of communities
across America, making the organization of citizen volunteers a
true force multiplier for the U.S. Air Force. CAP's flying
operations increased 6 percent last year, with volunteers logging
112,000 hours in CAP's versatile fleet of 550 aircraft.
Civil Air Patrol volunteers were credited with saving 72 lives
through search and rescue missions, many of which are now due to
advances in technology in which CAP is the known leader. Through
the use of cell phone forensics and radar technology, many lives
were saved by getting search and rescue personnel to survivors
quickly. This was accomplished entirely by dedicated volunteers
using their talents and education to help others.
CAP's disaster relief teams also provided critical support to
communities nationwide. Personnel flew reconnaissance flights to
assist emergency managers in combating forest fires, managing the
effects of winter ice storms and dealing with massive flooding.
Legislative Day will be conducted in conjunction with CAP's
Winter National Board meeting to be held Friday and Saturday at the
Marriott Crystal City in Arlington. The CAP National Board consists
of 69 members representing each state, Puerto Rico and the District
of Columbia, within the organization's eight regions. The board is
CAP's policy-making arm and, in conjunction with the CAP Board of
Governors, proposes amendments to the governing constitution and
Speakers for the Winter National Board will include R. Philip
Deavel, a member of the Senior Executive Service, who is deputy
assistant secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs, Office of
the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve
Affairs), at the Pentagon. Within the Air Force, he is responsible
for coordinating, planning and establishing policy for the Air
National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civil Air Patrol.
Besides Boe, other speakers at Saturday's Spaatz banquet include
Courter, who will introduce keynote speaker Daniel B. Ginsberg,
assistant secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve
Affairs. Katherine Gresham, the Spaatz family historian, also will
visit to share details from her grandfather's war diaries.