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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Help Deliver Food and Hope

January 13, 2022

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Clyde, Texas (13 Jan) – Members from the Abilene Composite Squadron partnered with the Clyde Chamber of Commerce and West Texas food bank to deliver food to more than 120 families.


The economic impacts of the pandemic have left many families without and the West Texas Food Bank does its best to fill the hunger. However, getting food to the rural communities is a challenge. The Clyde Chamber of Commerce, looking for a way to help the community, reached out to the Food Bank and offered the Chamber as a location. The last part of the puzzle is manpower, and the Civil Air Patrol answered the call.


Volunteer Service is one of the core values of the Cadet Program. Getting cadets involved in the community and serving is one way we develop an attitude of servant leadership in cadets, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jed Taylor.


Cadet Airman First Class Jerry Wood, the flight sergeant for Bulldog Flight, celebrated the experience and the opportunity to work as a team.


Patrick Dembach from the West Texas Food Bank gave a shout out to all the cadets for their support and assistance. Dembach went on to talk about the professionalism and discipline of the cadets.


However, the most important words came from those families as they departed with food in their car. Families departed not just with food in their vehicles but also a little more hope that this week things could get a little better.


Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 54,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 20,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.


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For More Information:


Will Holloway - wholloway@abilenecap.org, 325-518-1620

Jed Taylor - jtaylor@abilenecap.org 

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