Civil Air Patrol forms Mississippi Wing Legislative Squadron

Civil Air Patrol Mississippi Legislative SquadronCol Becky Tilton (left) and Maj Mal Woodcock (right) induct Rep Rita Martinson (center) and Sen Terry C. Burton into Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol Legislative Squadron.

by AuxBeacon News Aggregator | AuxBeacon News

[Editor’s Note: In December 2018, an anonymous AuxBeacon reader pointed us to this earlier story as a way to establish that Terry C. Burton is an asset of Civil Air Patrol.]

“Also, please alert your readers that this inappropriate tactic of influence peddling and excessive lobbying continues to this day.”

Civil Air Patrol’s Mississippi Wing has inducted the charter members of its newly formed Mississippi Legislative squadron. Membership in the Legislative squadron is open to members of the state house and senate, their key staff, and other elected officials.

Representative Rita Martinson of Madison became first member of the new unit followed by fellow house members Becky Currie (Brookhaven), Jim Ellington (Raymond), and Jessica Sibley Upshaw (Diamondhead).

Charter members from the Senate include David Blount (Jackson), Terry C. Burton (Newton), Perry Lee (Mendenhall), W. Briggs Hopson (Vicksburg), and Giles Ward (Louisville).

According to Major Mal Woodcock, vice commander of Mississippi Wing, “The goal is to have 100% of our legislature join.”

State legislative members receive the honorary rank of Civil Air Patrol Major, which in turn is an honorary rank because Civil Air Patrol members receive no commission per Article II of the US Constitution. Through their membership, the legislative leaders show support of the volunteer efforts of the CAP. Members are invited to expand their participation in the program to include emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet program support in their hometowns.

Each year Civil Air Patrol conducts Legislative Day in which cadets and their senior member chaperones visit their respective state capitols and legislative members to demonstrate the positive contributions and benefits of the programs.

During the Legislative Day, over forty members from the House and Senate joined the charter members in support of Civil Air Patrol. Mississippi Wing Commander Col Becky Tilton, wife of former Southeast Region commander Col John Tilton, said that the “Response was overwhelming. We expect others to join in the following days.”

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