The Civil Air Patrol’s mission is to assist with emergency response as well as developing young peoples’ interest in aviation and promoting air, space & cyber power. Most people know of CAP through its emergency response aiding with air and search rescues. During the pandemic much of CAP’s outreach was curtailed. On July 17th the Modesto (50) and Merced (147) Civil Air Patrol Squadrons hosted a Grand Reopening from COVID-19. Visitors enjoyed displays, food, and demonstrations. This short video celebrates the experiences between community members, emergency agencies, and the two Civil Air Patrol Squadrons.
Civil Air Patrol, National Headquarters
Civil Air Patrol, California Wing
Lt Col Arthur King Composite Squadron 50 (Modesto)
Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters such as floods, earthquake recovery, mass-casualty incidents, train derailments, hazardous materials releases, droughts, extreme heat and cold events. His education includes Associate and Bachelor degrees in Social Science, concentrating in Administration of Justice, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed many continued-education courses on administration and emergency management.