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Honeyford to lead Senate ceremony Wednesday honoring Civil Air Patrol

Sen. Jim Honeyford, a lieutenant colonel with both the Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and Yakima Composite Squadron, sponsors a Senate resolution each year to honor the Civil Air Patrol’s service to communities and country. This year the recognition ceremony, set for Wednesday, Feb. 24 will feature something extra: a 60-foot-wide glider on display in the legislative parking lot.

“It is my honor to recognize the service of those in the Civil Air Patrol,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. “Although I highlight this volunteer organization each year, many people are still unaware of its existence and importance. These are the people who use their own time to assist with search-and-rescue missions. They jump in to help with disaster-relief efforts. They are the unsung heroes who should be recognized.”

The Blanik L-23 Glider that will be on exhibit at the Capitol campus Wednesday is used by the Civil Air Patrol as a trainer for cadets. The glider has room for two occupants in addition to its 60-foot wingspan. 

Founded Dec. 1, 1941, just six days before the Pearl Harbor bombing that led the United States to enter World War II, the Civil Air Patrol remains as vital today as it was nearly 75 years ago. The CAP holds true to its original mission of service through sponsorship of educational programs, cadet programs for youth and assistance with natural disaster relief.

Honeyford noted that following the 2014 Oso mudslide, the CAP flew vital supplies to areas unreachable by heavier aircraft, and ground teams helped in the evacuation of cities and towns.

 

IN THE NEWS: Civil Air Patrol honors

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Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) receives the Legislator of the Year Award this past Saturday at the National Civil Air Patrol Convention in Orlando, Fla. Honeyford was honored for his work to benefit search and rescue efforts in Washington state, for his help in obtaining a hangar at the McAllister Air Museum in Yakima for a Civil Air Patrol plane, and for his efforts in forming a legislative squadron of 60 lawmakers in Washington state.

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Washington founders of Civil Air Patrol honored by Senate

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The four Washingtonians who helped found the Civil Air Patrol more than 70 years ago were honored today during a ceremony in the state Senate chamber. Lt. Col. Warren Davis of Seattle and Lt. Col. Richard Hagmann of Spokane attended, as did the family members representingtheir deceased comrades: Lt. James Campbell of Redmond and Master Sgt. Gordon Ebbert of Moses Lake.

“These great individuals were private citizens who wanted to contribute to the war effort. They used their own planes, radios and replacement parts to keep the home front safe,” said Sen. Jim Honeyford. “No one asked them to risk their lives protecting civilians during World War II – they insisted. They asked for nothing and in return got nothing – until now.”

Honeyford worked with the state’s congressional delegation to see the Civil Air Patrol pioneers from Washington finally honored for their contribution to the war effort. In December the Civil Air Patrol accepted the United States’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. In today’s ceremony, the patrol members – or their families – were each presented with a replica congressional medal by Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

“Many people are unaware of the enormous impact this relatively small, but determined group of men and women had on the outcome of World War II,” said Honeyford. “It’s a great feeling to bring their stories to light and thank them for their service.”

Each year, Honeyford, a lieutenant colonel with both the CAP’s Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and Yakima Composite Squadron, sponsors a Senate resolution recognizing the Civil Air Patrol’s service to their communities and country.  

Founded Dec. 1, 1941, just six days before the Pearl Harbor bombing, the Civil Air Patrol remains as vital today as it was more than 70 years ago. The CAP holds true to its original mission of service through sponsorship of educational programs, as well as providing assistance with natural-disaster relief. During the 2014 Oso mudslide, the Civil Air Patrol flew vital supplies to areas unreachable by heavier aircraft, and ground teams helped in the evacuation of cities and towns.

 

2013 Wreaths Across America ceremony honors veterans, teaches about freedom

Wreaths Across America 1Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, helped honor and remember fallen veterans Tuesday during a wreath-laying ceremony at the state Capitol in Olympia. The event was one of hundreds held across the country to commemorate those who cannot be with their families during the holiday season.

“I am honored to participate in this important ceremony every year,” said Honeyford, himself a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. “Having the wreath in our state’s Capitol building is a way to honor the thousands of veterans who have died in defense of our country. I hope anyone coming to Olympia will take the time to stop by and see it, pause to reflect on all they are blessed with, and give thanks to those who fought to secure it.” Continue reading

Forming the Aviation Caucus

aviationAs you know, I’m a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol. One thing I’m particularly excited about is the formation of the Aviation Caucus at the Washington State Legislature and the impact it will have on public policy and in the aerospace industry as a whole.

I was asked by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the National Business Aviation Association, and the Civil Air Patrol to organize this caucus to educate legislators and stakeholders about general and business aviation and its economic impact on Washington. We will also help lawmakers better understand the burdens and obstacles companies confront and how to make flying safer and more accessible.

We had our first organizational meeting and ten legislators attended. We discussed topics for future meetings, and Representative Gael Tarleton and myself were elected co-chairs. I hope this will will lay the groundwork for beneficial aviation-related business legislation in the future.

State Senate honors Civil Air Patrol with Honeyford resolution

20130228_LegWA_0515shThe Washington State Senate stood and applauded members of the Civil Air Patrol Thursday after passing Senate Resolution 8621 sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

“I’ve been involved with the Civil Air Patrol for more than four years now and I really enjoy the opportunities to guide and mentor some really outstanding young people,” Honeyford said. “The organization develops its members into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward; they deserve to be recognized by the Washington State Senate.”

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Honoring the Civil Air Patrol and Filipino-Americans

Civil Air PatrolThis session, I’m again sponsoring two resolutions to honor the Civil Air Patrol and the history and heritage of Filipino-Americans in Washington. As you know, I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and the Yakima Composite Squadron. The organization has helped to develop our state’s young people into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward. With over 26,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 20, the Civil Air Patrol also provides both classroom and practical instruction in aerospace flight and rocketry with an emphasis on military history, leadership, and service to others. You can read more about Senate Resolution 8621 here.

Filipino-AmericanThe Filipino-American community is also a wonderful group of people that have many activities to preserve their heritage and culture, including traditional dances and a strong interest in education. They work hard in their communities, respect their elders and have fantastic food! Washington has the fourth largest population of Filipino-Americans in the United States and is the home to historic Filipino communities in Wapato, Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, and Bremerton, among others. Filipino-Americans form the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in the state, and you can read more about Senate Resolution 8617 here. Continue reading

My schedule for the coming weeks

CalendarI wanted to share with you my calendar for the month of May to give you a sense of what activities I’m engaged in now that the legislative session has ended. Continue reading

House resolution, breakfast held to honor Civil Air Patrol members

To celebrate the dedication and service of the men and women of the Civil Air Patrol, I coordinated an honorary breakfast today in Columbia Room of the legislative building in Olympia. After the meal, participants were invited to the gallery of the state House of Representatives to observe as the body adopted a resolution recognizing the Washington state wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for three years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and the Yakima Composite Squadron. The organization has helped to develop our state’s young people into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward. For me personally, this breakfast was just a way of saying “thank you” to these dedicated individuals and to the organization.

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Honoring our fallen soldiers

Honoring our fallen soldiersYesterday I laid a wreath in the state Capitol Rotunda in honor of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the “Wreaths Across America” campaign.
The Monday afternoon ceremony was one of 50 being held in state capitals nationwide this week, culminating with a wreath-laying on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va. I was surrounded by other state legislators and officials as well as fellow Civil Air Patrol members.

I am honored to have organized the Washington ceremony for Wreaths Across America. Having the wreath in our state’s Capitol building will honor the thousands of veterans who have died in defense of our country. I hope Washington citizens will take time this holiday season to remember those who are not with their families because they died supporting our freedoms.

The goal of Wreaths Across America is to honor every veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery – 220,000 in all – with commemorative wreaths in locations around the nation. The organization projects that more than 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide this year.

National and local remembrance ceremonies will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C., as well as 700 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and in American National Cemeteries overseas.

The theme for the 2011 event is “The Christmas They Never Had.” Past year’s themes included “In Honor of Those Who Have Had to Spend a Holiday Away from Loved Ones,” and “In Memory of Those Who Never Made It Home.”

You can watch the ceremony here:

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