The Warren County Civil Air Patrol 505 Composite Squadron held its annual awards banquet Jan. 25. Speaker was John Terrasi of Pittsfield, owner and operator of Luftladder Air Charters. He shared some memorable experiences that come with a lifetime of flight instruction and briefed the audience on the state of general aviation in America. Terrasi shared with those attending the opportunities and challenges that civilian aviation offers and encouraged cadets to stay in school and get good grades. Terrasi also is a certified flight instructor with more than 20,000 hours of flight time, more than 25 years of experience in the air charter/airline transport business, and the regional Federal Aviation Administration safety representative for our area.
State Representative Kathy Rapp was also on hand to present citations from the House of Representatives to cadets earning milestone achievements and encourage cadets in their Civil Air Patrol careers.
Squadron commander, Maj. Tom Brown, CAP (USAF retired), gave an overview and assessment of the accomplishments of the squadron over the past year and outlined plans for the future. Rapp, Brown, and Capt. Allen Fuller (Mission pilot/cadet orientation pilot) where recognized by cadet staff for their contributions to Civil Air Patrol and their communities. Several members from the Saint Marys flight, attached to the Warren County Squadron, where also in attendance.
Cadet staff recognizes Brown, Rapp, and Fuller. From left. Cadet Staff Sgt. Bryan Johnson, Senior Airman Aaron Markititch, Maj. Tom Brown, Cadet Tech Sgt. Mathew Houngerford, Representative Cathy Rapp, Cadet Master Sgt. Shawn Houngerford, and Capt. Alen Fuller.
The Civil Air Patrol is the Congressionally charted auxiliary to the United States Air Force. The group is open to cadets ages 12 to 18, as well as senior members age 18 and older.