COL DEBORAH A. PIERCE
Hello, everybody! Well, here we are, in the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, it has been a real challenge for us and for all Civil Air Patrol as a whole. Unfortunately, Nevada Wing is still at Phase Zero except for certain flight functions. That means that we still can’t have in-person meetings or other activities.
Folks, as we continue to live with this horrible virus, please regularly check www.cdc.gov and sites pertaining to your local area for more on what you can do to minimize exposure. Masks, social distancing (6 feet minimum), and handwashing are the basics. We will get through this, just like we do other issues that hit us. We adapt, improvise and overcome; that’s who we are. In the meantime, let’s all do what we can to take care of each other, as Civil Air Patrol members and as human beings.
Nevada is the seventh largest state in the union in terms of geographic size, with a lot of open space where people like to hunt, fish, hike, and explore. Folks get out into the “hinterlands” and sometimes get into trouble. Our Emergency Services qualified personnel may be called upon to help, through air crew and ground team efforts. Just in 2019, the lives of 19 people were saved in Nevada by our dedicated volunteers.
We have great cadets here in Nevada too! In 2019, our cadets participated in numerous community events: various parades, Operation Santa Claus, air shows such as Aviation Nation and the Truckee Tahoe Airshow. They also serve as color guards for flag presentations. They learn about leadership, character, dedication, attention to detail, and accountability, among other subjects. Cadets learn how to be good citizens and contribute positively to our Nation and our local communities.
Aerospace education is another part of our mission. Our members learn about principles of flight and the like as part of their CAP training. They then take their knowledge to classrooms and CAP meetings to assist others with learning about the wonders of flight. Many a person has had their interest in aviation sparked by our aerospace education efforts.
We invite you to visit our LOCAL SQUADRONS see what we do. Maybe you’ll want to join us in service to our communities, our State and our Nation. Thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to meeting you soon!