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Local CAP Squadron attends ceremony on USS Constitution

By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter

Members of the Marlborough Civil Air Patrol, Lt. Col. Frank Pocher Minute Man Squadron, visit the USS Constitution.  Enjoying the tour of the ship are: (l to r)  C/SSgt Asher Leeming, C/A1C  Jabrail Clark, MAJ Sharon Ingraham, C/B Foxe Gladden, C/1LT Beatrice Zhang, C/B Derick Svach, C/AMN Sam Houle, SM Roland Houle, 2LT Pauline Smith, C/AMN Timothy Goliger, C/B Lauren Munday,  C/AMN Gino DiMatteo, C/B Gregory Poe, and CPT Andrew Ingraham. (Photo/submitted)

Members of the Marlborough Civil Air Patrol, Lt. Col. Frank Pocher Minute Man Squadron, visit the USS Constitution. Enjoying the tour of the ship are: (l to r) C/SSgt Asher Leeming, C/A1C Jabrail Clark, MAJ Sharon Ingraham, C/B Foxe Gladden, C/1LT Beatrice Zhang, C/B Derick Svach, C/AMN Sam Houle, SM Roland Houle, 2LT Pauline Smith, C/AMN Timothy Goliger, C/B Lauren Munday, C/AMN Gino DiMatteo, C/B Gregory Poe, and CPT Andrew Ingraham. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Members of the Lt. Col. Frank Pocher Minute Man Squadron, Marlborough's unit of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), were invited to visit the USS Constitution in Boston recently, as guests of the 2nd Brigade of the Army's Atlantic Division of the 75th Training Command.

“It was a private VIP tour to areas of the ship that are normally off limits,” said 2nd Lt. Pauline Smith.

“We stood in formation with the Army and did as they did,” she said, while witnessing the retirement ceremony below deck for veterans with 30 years of service. The local unit also assisted the Middlesex Sheriff's Command Post at the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton earlier this month.

“We are growing in number and are becoming more active in the community as well as serving at other Massachusetts wing events and missions,” Smith said.

The CAP is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with over 60,000 members nationwide. CAP performs search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members also play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to young people participating in CAP cadet programs.

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2 Comments for “Local CAP Squadron attends ceremony on USS Constitution”

  1. Interested in joining us next time? Contact Major Sharon Ingraham at sharon.ingraham@mawg.cap.gov . Or come to one of our Sunday meetings 5-7:30 PM at the Marlborough Fire Station =)

  2. 2d lt Pauline Smith/PAO

    Meetings are held on Sunday evenings from 5-7:30 at the ‘Central’ Fire Station on Maple St. in Marlborough, Mass.
    We look forward to your joining us to see what we are all about..

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