Flight Night 2016, Citizens Serving Communities

Flight Night Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol

Flight Night 2016, Citizens Serving Communities

On Thursday, September 15th, the Starbase Composite Squadron of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, had the privilege of being invited back to participate with the Tulsa area Flight Night this year. The event was held at the Tulsa Community College hangar, at R.L. Jones Airport.

Flight Night Starbase Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol

“The Tulsa Flight Night event is operated by Tulsa Charity Fight Night, Inc. a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation supporting STEM education programs and projects that inspire curiosity and learning in tomorrow’s leaders. The charity was founded by the late Ray H. Siegfried II.”

“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs bolster and advance our community. Future generations of science-literate, critical thinkers mean new products and processes to sustain Tulsa’s economy and exceptional quality of life.”

“Twenty-four Tulsa nonprofits have benefited from a multitude of projects benefiting children, seniors, mentally, and physically challenged individuals, victims of debilitating diseases and many more in need of support and assistance. Flight Night is focused on supporting STEM education programs or projects in northeastern Oklahoma.”

Cadets began the event with a safety and informational briefing with the Flight Night Air Boss. They were tasked with maintaining the safety and security of the flight line, while performing crowd control duties, giving them an up close and personal view of the air show. Participation in events such as this builds a sense of individual responsibility as well as teamwork.

See more pictures from this event on the Squadron’s Facebook page.

“Assisting in events like this helps to fulfill the education goal set down in the organization’s congressional charter,” 2d Lt Brandon Lunsford, the unit’s Public Affairs Officer explained, “to encourage and foster civil aviation and STEM education in local communities.” To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol’s dedication to STEM and aerospace/aviation education please click here.

For more information on the Civil Air Patrol, Starbase Composite Squadron please email capstarbase@gmail.com.

Meeting Location:

If you are interested in visiting the squadron, Starbase’s regular squadron meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00pm (1800 – 2100) at the Oklahoma Army National Guard Base (4222 N Mingo Valley Expressway, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116).

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.