CAPS members clean up airport

by | May 10, 2019 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 9, 2019 at 7:55 am

Members of the ACE Basin Composite Squadron spent Earth Day participating in the Keep Colleton Beautiful cleanup day on April 23.
Because of their special connection to the world of aviation, this group spent their morning cleaning around the roadways near the Lowcountry Regional Airport. Because foreign object debris (FOD) can be so dangerous and costly to planes and their engines, the two bags of garbage that these members collected could have been very expensive for aircraft owners.
After the cleanup activities, a few members of the group stayed to have lunch, which was provided for the day’s volunteers.
This is just one part of community outreach that many Civil Air Patrol squadrons, including ACE Basin Composite Squadron, participate in.
Later in the same week, members of the ACE Basin Squadron spent two days at the Rice Festival, telling attendees about the free STEM kits and other opportunities that Civil Air Patrol has to offer its members.
The squadron meets on Tuesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at 72 Salley Ackerman Dr., Cottageville, behind the town hall building. Prospective cadets must attend three meetings and are eligible to complete their membership paperwork on the third visit. Senior members, who are adults 18 and over, are eligible for membership upon completing the required paperwork and the background checks. For more information about the ACE Basin Composite Squadron, contact Capt. Jim Wilson, CAP, at (843)343-7086, or
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 60,000 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 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
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