By Senators Honeyford, Angel, Cleveland, O'Ban, Miloscia, Chase, Conway, Becker, Baumgartner, Pearson, Rivers, Bailey, Dammeier, Padden, Parlette, King, Dansel, Hobbs, Fain, Benton, Takko, Litzow, Rolfes, Warnick, Billig, Nelson, Hill, Braun, Schoesler, Sheldon, Fraser, Mullet, Ericksen, Brown, Hewitt, and Hargrove
WHEREAS, The Civil Air Patrol has now been in commission for 75 years, since December 1, 1941, just days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, for the purpose of liaison flying and interdiction of infiltrators on the East Coast and southern border of the United States, and thereafter the Civil Air Patrol insignia, a red three-bladed propeller in the Civil Defense white-triangle-in-blue-circle, began appearing; and
WHEREAS, When German submarines began to prey on American ships, the Civil Air Patrol's mission grew to include a 1,000-member coastal patrol, 64 of whom died in service and 26 of whom were lost at sea; and
WHEREAS, After a crew was forced to watch in vain as a grounded submarine off Cape Canaveral, Florida escaped before the military arrived, Civil Air Patrol planes were issued bombs and depth charges, and thereafter the Civil Air Patrol coastal patrol flew 24 million miles and found 173 submarines, ultimately attacking 57, hitting 10, and sinking 2; and
WHEREAS, By presidential executive order, the Civil Air Patrol became an auxiliary of the United States Army Air Forces on April 28, 1943, and several months later the Germans withdrew coastal U-boat operations "because of those damned little red and yellow airplanes"; and
WHEREAS, During the postwar years, the Civil Air Patrol was put to work in search and rescue missions, saving the United States millions of dollars in operational costs as the only organization with the equipment and training to perform this vital job, with military aircraft being far too expensive to operate and flying too fast to accurately spot downed planes and personnel; and
WHEREAS, During the deadly 2014 Oso mudslide, the Civil Air Patrol flew vital supplies to areas unreachable by heavier aircraft, and ground teams helped to evacuate cities and towns; and
WHEREAS, The Civil Air Patrol has a cadet program with over 23,000 participants between the ages of 12 and 20, one of its major attractions being its aerospace program, which provides both classroom and practical instruction in flight and rocketry, and offers each cadet the opportunity to participate in orientation flights in both powered and glider aircraft while learning search and rescue techniques and other valuable skills, emphasizing military history, leadership, and service within the squadron and to the community as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Over 16,000 students in kindergarten through 6th grade completed the Aerospace Connections in Education program developed by the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force; and
WHEREAS, Today's Civil Air Patrol continues its service and commitment to our state and country with three primary missions: Aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services; and
WHEREAS, The Washington Wing's commitment to service includes two nationally recognized leaders, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Franklin, the Chaplain of the year in 2014 and Senator (and Lieutenant Colonel) Jim Honeyford, Legislative Squadron Commander of the Year in 2015, along with the many senior members and cadets; and
WHEREAS, In Washington State alone, the Civil Air Patrol is composed of approximately 732 senior members and 624 cadets, who flew their 14 aircraft 1,835 hours in 2015 alone in service to our state, at a value of 4.4 million dollars in volunteer hours; and
WHEREAS, The Washington Wing was ranked first for hours flown per aircraft among all wings in the Civil Air Patrol Pacific Region, which includes wings from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and was ranked 14th for hours flown per wing out of the 57 Civil Air Patrol units nationwide; and
WHEREAS, The Mt. Rainier composite squadron, having won multiple accolades over the last few years and representing their division as well as the state wing of the Civil Air Patrol, have volunteered their time to present the colors;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize the Washington State wing of the Civil Air Patrol for its courageous and unwavering dedication to our citizens; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Colonel James P. Furlong, Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Washington Wing.
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8717,
adopted by the Senate
February 24, 2016
Secretary of the Senate