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Civil Air Patrol\’s Mississippi Wing has inducted the charter members of its newly formed Mississippi Legislative squadron. Membership in the Legislative squadron is open to members of the state house and senate, and their key staff, and other elected officials.
Representative Rita Martinson, Madison, became the first member of the new unit and was soon joined by fellow house members Becky Currie (Brookhaven), Jim Ellington (Raymond), and Jessica Sibley Upshaw (Diamondhead).
Charter members from the Senate include David Blount (Jackson), Terry C. Burton (Newton), Perry Lee (Mendenhall), W. Briggs Hopson (Vicksburg), and Giles Ward (Louisville).
According to Major Mal Woodcock, vice commander of Mississippi Wing,
“The goal is to have 100% of our legislature join.”
State legislative members receive the honorary rank of Civil Air Patrol Major, which is effectively an honorary rank of an honorary rank. Through their membership, the legislative leaders show support of the volunteer efforts of the CAP. Members are invited to expand their participation in the program to include emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet program support in their hometowns.
Each year Civil Air Patrol conducts Legislative Day in which cadets and their senior members chaperones visit their respective state capitols and legislative members to demonstrate the positive contributions and benefits of the programs. During the Legislative Day, over forty members from the House and Senate joined the charter members in support of Civil Air Patrol.
Colonel Tilton said, “Response was overwhelming. We expect others to join in the following days.”
Update January 8, 2019