TRR photo by David Hulse

County recognizes air patrol anniversary

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne commissioners Wendell Kay, left, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz are pictured with Major James Bruck and Major Alan Highhouse of Scranton Composite Squadron 201 of the Civil Air Patrol, based in Lake Ariel. The two officers appeared at the commissioners’ December 1 meeting to receive formal county recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). 

The CAP was organized under the Office of Civil Defense on December 1, 1941 and played a big role in domestic defense during WWII, which began less than a week later at Pearl Harbor. Today, the CAP has 56,268 youth cadets and adult members in some 1,400 squadrons nationwide. There are 1,674 members in Pennsylvania, and the local squadron has members in Wayne, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Pike and Carbon counties. While it remains a fully civilian group, CAP has recently been designated as the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Most volunteer members are not pilots, and the local squadron is seeking new members. For more information, email Capt. 

McCormick at, or visit


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