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San Jose Civil Air Patrol Squadron Awarded Air Force Association Grant

February 16, 2020

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San Jose Civil Air Patrol Squadron Awarded Air Force Association Grant


SAN JOSE, CA. –San Jose Senior Squadron 80 of the Civil Air Patrol was announced today as one of the recipients of the Civil Air Patrol Grant Award funded by the Air Force Association. Squadron 80 is the only such grant recipient in California during the past year.

The Air Force Association has provided $440,000 since 1996 to support the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace/STEM education programs. Civil Air Patrol inspires interest in over 350,000 youth toward STEM subjects and careers. Currently, the AFA provides twenty $250 aerospace/STEM education grants for Civil Air Patrol Units nationwide two times a year.

“With these funds, Squadron 80 will be able to work with co-located John J. Montgomery Memorial Cadet Squadron 36 to enhance their shared computer setup to support fixed-wing flight simulators, sUAS (drone) flight simulators, and virtual reality,” said 1st Lieutenant Richard West, the commander of San Jose Senior Squadron 80. “Using these tools, members of Squadron 80 can assist the Cadets in understanding flight maneuvers prior to participating in orientation flights”

San Jose Senior Squadron 80 meets every Monday at 7:30 PM at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit w

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