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Civil Air Patrol to honor Wreaths Across America at Women in Military Service for America Memorial

(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 04, 2008 ) MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – A reception honoring 2008 Wreaths Across America participants will be held Dec. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. The event honors Worcester Wreath Co. owners Karen and Morrill Worcester and Civil Air Patrol members who will lay wreaths at 9 a.m. that day at Arlington.

CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter will host the reception, which includes a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Women’s Memorial at 2:50 p.m. Featured speakers will include Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Michael L. Dominguez, principal deputy under secretary for personnel and readiness.

The Women's Memorial honors all women who have served the nation courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace — women whose achievements have for too long been unrecognized or ignored.

Courter will present retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women’s Memorial Foundation, with a donation to the memorial on behalf of CAP. The reception also will include the opportunity for female members of CAP to register for recognition at the Women’s Memorial, where nearly 200 CAP members are registered, including more than 130 who are still living. All female CAP members past and present are eligible to register with the memorial.

As secretary of the Air Force, Donley is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 300,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve and 160,000 civilians and their families. He also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of approximately $110 billion.

Dominguez, in his role as principal deputy under secretary for personnel and readiness, is the primary assistant to the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, providing staff advice to the secretary of defense and deputy secretary of defense for total force management as it relates to manpower, force structure, readiness, reserve component affairs, health affairs, training and personnel policy and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation and quality of life matters.

Since 2006, CAP members have partnered with Wreaths Across America to help adorn veteran memorials and gravesites across the nation with remembrance wreaths made by Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, in tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who have guarded and preserved our nation’s freedom throughout history. In addition to the 10,000 wreaths that will be placed by CAP senior members and cadets at Arlington, more than 100,000 Worcester Wreath Co. wreaths will be placed in ceremonies at cemeteries in all 50 states on Dec. 13 at noon. Worcester Wreath Co. donated more than 17,000 wreaths for the remembrances. Nearly 50 CAP cadets will be in attendance at Arlington to lay wreaths and serve as part of the National Honor Guard.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years.

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