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Released December 14th, 2018

Civil Air Patrol to Honor Fallen Service Members with 40,000 Holiday Wreaths at Long Island National Cemetery

MELVILLE, NY – Members from the Long Island Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as part of the national Wreaths Across America program, will lay 40,000 Holiday Wreaths on the graves of fallen service members at Long Island National Cemetery in Melville, NY on Saturday December 15th, beginning at 12 noon.

Wreaths Across America, a non profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project in 1992 with the laying of 5,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. By last year, the Civil Air Patrol placed over 200,000 wreaths at more than 300 cemeteries in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and 24 over seas cemeteries. Wreaths are provided through both private and corporate donations to local Civil Air Patrol squadrons. The Long Island Senior Squadron is still accepting wreath sponsorships. Interested parties should make checks payable to “Wreaths Across America” and mailed to: Major Maurice “Mo” Cosentino, 26 Caffrey Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714. Major Cosentino is a member of the Long Island Senior Squadron. For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit:

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a Congressionally chartered non-profit organization with almost 65,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Its volunteers also perform Homeland Security, disaster relief, and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. CAP Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the 25,000 young people currently in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing Missions for America since December 1, 1941.

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1st Lt. Kevin P. Coughlin

Public Affairs Officer

Long Island Senior Squadron, NY-207

Members of Long Island Senior Squadron awarded Disaster Relieve Ribbon with "V" Device

The Disaster Relief effort in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy were a credit to the members of the New York Wing. Since President Obama declared New York State a federal disaster area, and in acordance with CAPR39-3, 21g, the following members of NY207 are awarded the Disaster Relief Ribbon with "V" Device:

Maj.Stephen Caldas Maj. John Corcacas Maj. Jeff Zinke Maj. Maurice Cosentino

Capt. Linda Law Capt. Joseph Pizzo Capt. Josh Podell Capt. Jeff Rosenking

Capt. Edward Valenson 2nd Lt. Robert Gaba 2nd Lt Randy Lewis 1st Lt Ronald Alvarez

2nd Lt Randy Lewis was a guest speaker at the Patriotic Salute at Sewanhaka HS for Veterans Day 11/11/11

Below is the speech given at the ceremony by 2nd Lt. Randy Lewis on the Civil Air Patrol and patriotism.

Patriots–volunteer aviators during World War II argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in the defense of their country. The result was the birth of the Civil Air Patrol. They flew critical missions and are credited for sinking 2 enemy subs and rescuing hundreds of crash victims. Today we are the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and although we wear Air Force uniforms, wedo not conduct military operations. Our primary missions are aerospace education, cadet programs, and the main function of our squadron-­‐emergency services.

In the spirit of patriotism, Capt. Consentino, Capt. LaSala, Capt. Montague and I joined the Civil Air Patrol to serve our community with the skills we learned as pilots. Our aircrews conduct search and rescue operations, provide disaster relief and humanitarian services, and support the Air Force in non-­‐military missions. The Long Island Group was the first to fly over Ground Zero after the attack on the Twin Towers and from a Presidential order flew over the flood devastated areas after Hurricane Irene on photo reconnaissance missions. Our search and rescue missions not only involve aircrews, but ground teams as well, both of which members receive the proper training for. We also provide support for many local community events. We provide assistance at the Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk that Skills USA participates in each year and work on the airport ramp with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds for the Jones Beach Air Show.

Members–pilots and non-­‐pilots–get the opportunity to be on a flight crew and ground team. So wherever your interests may lie, whether in the air or on the ground, the Civil Air Patrol has something to offer you. Please visit our website––where you will find a lot of information about the organization. You can also click on a link to find a squadron near you, go to a meeting, and do something Patriotic.