Recently, Cadet CMSgt Robert Boden, of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, attended the Civil Air Patrol Hawk Mountain Ranger Training School, Kempton, PA, where he earned Ranger 2nd and 3rd Class qualifications and was selected as the honor cadet within his flight. CAP cadet Rangers are expected to return to their home units with new skills and the ability to teach others on how to become qualified emergency services ground team members.

Cadet CMSgt Robert Boden, the son of Mr. Brian Boden and Ms. Judith Kern, Mendham Township, NJ, is in the 12th grade at West Morris Mendham High School and is active in Varsity Football. He has served as First Sergeant and as Flight Sergeant at the Lone Eagle Squadron and at the NJ Wing Encampment respectively. He has also participated in color guards at Memorial Day parades, ceremonies, and during Wreaths Across America. 

The Lone Eagle Composite Squadron meets on Wednesday nights at the Scout Cabin, Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.  Youth can start the cadet program at age twelve. For more information, contact Major Judith Bascone, Commander, at 973-876-2309 or Judith.Bascone@njwg.cap.gov .  Also, see: www.loneeagle.org.

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 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 CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com   or  www.njwg.cap.gov   for more information.