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Briefing with United States Representative Pete Sessions

posted Jun 28, 2017, 6:44 AM by Scott Carter   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:23 PM ]
SPR 31-05-17

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol





Pictured with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions are Texas Wing Group III Civil Air Patrol members, left to right: (back row) Lt Col Phillip Crawford, Maj John Stafford, Maj Don Gulliksen, (front row) 1st Lt Blanca Applewhite, Lt Col Kelley Johnson, and C/Capt Madison Applewhite.

Pictured with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions are Texas Wing Group III Civil Air Patrol members, left to right: (back row) Lt Col Phillip Crawford, Maj John Stafford, Maj Don Gulliksen, (front row) 1st Lt Blanca Applewhite, Lt Col Kelley Johnson, and C/Capt Madison Applewhite.

DALLAS – Members of Group III Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol held a briefing with United States Representative Pete Sessions, on Thursday, May 11, 2017.  The briefing included a report on the State of Texas Wing and squadrons in the North Texas area.  Congressman Sessions joined the Congressional Squadron and is authorized by CAP regulations to fly in CAP aircraft, visit unit meetings and social events, and also receive the honorary grade of Lieutenant Colonel. 

Sessions was actively engaged in the discussion on the status of the aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services missions.  CP Members routinely undertake U.S. Air Force tasked search and rescue missions, aerial photography missions, Joint Task Force counter drug/counter narcoterrorism operations, as well as educate and mentor young members in leadership, character development, safety, and aerospace education lessons.  Equally impressive was the list of National Cadet Special Activities in which the Texas CAP Cadets will be participating this summer throughout the country, including Cyber Defense Training Academy, Powered Flight Academy, National Blue Beret at EAA Airventure Oshkosh, and Air Force Pararescue and Survival Orientation Course.  Both cadets and senior members support Wreaths Across America, fulfilling the goal of remembering veterans with memorial wreaths at National Cemeteries during the months of November and December.


Texas Wing is comprised of seventy-four squadrons and flights, which makes it one of the largest in the nation.  Because of that, the squadrons are divided into seven groups within the wing. Representing Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol were six members of Group III:  Lieutenant Colonel Philip Crawford, Group III Commander; Lieutenant Colonel Kelley Johnson, Group III Deputy Commander; Major John Stafford, Dallas Composite Squadron Commander; Major Don Gulliksen, Texas Wing Recruiting/Retention Officer; First Lieutenant Blanca Applewhite, Dallas Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer; and Cadet Captain Madison Applewhite, Dallas Composite Squadron Cadet Commander.  Sessions explained in the “Congressman Sessions Hill Report” for the week of May 8th: “The men and women of this all-volunteer force freely give of their time because they believe in the mission of service to our country, and I am honored to stand with them and support them as a member of the Congressional Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.”


Prior to joining CAP, Lt Col Sessions has been a staunch supporter of CAP in many ways.  As the son of a U.S. Air Force veteran, Sessions recognized the importance of CAP’s emphasis on integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect as core values for the future leaders of the United States.  Sessions has met numerous times with CAP commanders and congressional liaisons, and encouraged CAP cadets to pursue training in the U.S. military and U.S. service academies.  In 2014, Sessions cosponsored the congressional act to honor the World War II members of Civil Air Patrol with a Congressional Gold Medal for their wartime missions and protection of the home front.


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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 75 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

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                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol