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Civil Air Patrol’s Wilson County senior squadron changes command

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Maj. Diane Edmondson recently assumed command of Civil Air Patrol’s 246th Composite Squadron at the unit’s change-of-command ceremony held at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. 

The squadron was previously under the command of Lt. Col. Charlie Watson. 

State Rep. Mark Pody was in attendance and presented Charlie Watson and Maj. Charles Watson with “Colonel Aide de Camp” certificates.

Edmondson initially joined Civil Air Patrol in February 2012. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead an amazing group of senior members in the squadron. I am also looking forward to increasing the number of members in the near future,” said Edmondson.

Members of the 246th Composite Squadron meet on the first and third Sunday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. For more information, contact Edmondson at diane.edmondson@tncap.us.

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. 

Civil Air Patrol, 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 Civil Air Patrol cadet program. 

Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Civil Air Patrol also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. 

Visit capvolunteernow.com for more information.

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