Washington State has always been on the leading edge of the aerospace industry. We set the stage by building the large bombers that helped us win World War Two. Now we are designing and manufacturing some of the smallest aircraft to meet the demands of the future.
Washington-based aerospace companies will be on the Capitol Campus Wednesday, March 27, to demonstrate the latest unmanned aircraft technology. Wednesday’s hands-on demonstrations will be led by Dr. Tad McGeer, founder of two industry-leading unmanned aircraft companies based in the Columbia River Gorge. Many other unmanned aircraft-manufacturing companies that provide hundreds of private-sector jobs in Washington will also be represented at the briefing. Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with engineers and operators, watch onboard video from both daylight and night unmanned aircraft operations and inspect the aircraft and their launching equipment in person.
“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.”
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.
I was saddened to learn of the passing Tuesday evening of Senator Alex Deccio. I
had the honor of serving with the Senator and remained friends with him after
his many years in the Legislature. He and Senator Bob McCaslin (who passed away
in March) were the last of the greatest generation of World War II Veterans and
I learned much from both of them.