Maui Civil Air Patrol Celebrates 75 Years, Nov. 29

November 28, 2016, 5:03 PM HST · Updated November 28, 5:06 PM
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Maui Civil Air Patrol 75th Anniversary Big Band Bash and Open House

Maui Civil Air Patrol 75th Anniversary Big Band Bash and Open House

The Maui County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hosts a party to mark the 75th anniversary of CAP on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

The event, which also includes a public open house, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CAP Headquarters building located near the air traffic control tower on the general aviation side of the Kahului Airport.

Individuals who attend open house and join CAP on Maui in December will have the opportunity to train for and participate in a state-wide emergency services exercise during the first quarter of 2017.

The Hawaiʻi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol also announced a new structure that combines the Maui Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol with the Maui County Composite Squadron.

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Following a competitive interview process by a review board committee, the organization has selected Captain Chantal Lonergan as the Maui County Composite Squadron commander.

“The need for this combination of units was to ensure the most effective use of assets available for Civil Air Patrol on Maui,” said Colonel Patrick Collins, the Hawaiʻi Wing commander, who noted that Maui has a long, colorful history of passionate and dedicated CAP members.

Collins will be on hand during the open house to inaugurate the new squadron leadership, made up of members from both units assigned to various functional areas as dictated by their individual qualifications and areas of interest.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve the Maui CAP volunteers in actively cross-training each other to expand Maui’s collective mission capabilities for the benefit of our community,” Lonergan said. “Combining the experience of the membership and leveraging assets to meet our economy of scale allows Civil Air Patrol to efficiently achieve missions and best serve the citizens of Maui County,” she added.

Lonergan said that the squadron will maintain equal emphasis on aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs, explaining that CAP teaches integrity and service and it demands excellence and respect.

“As each new generation charts the course for our culture, Civil Air Patrol is “always vigilant” in protecting the values that propel American character,” said Lonergan.

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