Senate recognizes Civil Air Patrol

Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, stands with a Civil Air Patrol win and leaders last week after his bill recognizing the organization for its service passed.

Washington State Senate
Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, stands with a Civil Air Patrol win and leaders last week after his bill recognizing the organization for its service passed.



— A Sunnyside lawmaker’s resolution honoring the Civil Air Patrol passed the Senate last week.

Republican Sen. Jim Honeyford introduced Senate Resolution 8616 to recognized the contributions of the organization.

Civil Air Patrol cadets and leaders were present last week for the occasion.

Honeyford, a Civil Air Patrol member and commander of the Washington wing’s legislative squadron, said he introduced Senate Resolution 8616 to recognize the contributions that usually goes unrecognized.

In 2016 alone, 144 volunteer aircrew personnel and 779 emergency responders flew their 14 aircraft 1,537 hours in service to our state, the resolution said.

The value of that service is an estimated $4.9 million.

Honeyford’s resolution traces the Civil Air Patrol’s history from its inception 75 years ago this coming December — just before the United States entered World War II — through its role in providing response and relief supplies during the deadly Oso landslide in 2014.

“Whether it was helping evacuate cities and towns during natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Saint Helens or Darrington following the Oso slide, or using cutting-edge technology to help find the passengers and crews of missing planes, the Civil Air Patrol has been there, helping protect our communities,” Honeyford said of the approximate 744 senior members and 626 cadets in the organization.



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