Georgia CAP delivers aid and a famous astronaut
In 1994, Georgia was struck by tragedy as Tropical Storm Alberto flooded about 500,000 acres of farmland. Almost 20 percent of the entire state was underwater, causing $40 million in damage and killing 31 residents. In recognition of the Georgia Wing’s response, Gov. Zell Miller awarded the state’s CAP volunteers with the Georgia Humanitarian Service ribbon.
In 2008, when a tornado struck Atlanta, Atlanta Senior Squadron 1 flew over the city and took more than 500 photographs for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Power, the Bartow County Emergency Management Agency and the governor’s office. State Rep. Barry Loudermilk, also a CAP member, volunteered to help ground crews get relief supplies into Barrow County.
The Georgia Wing also delivered more than just aid during times of crisis. Eric Boe joined Civil Air Patrol in 1977 as a cadet, and the experience influenced the rest of his life. Boe eventually became a CAP senior member and also an Air Force colonel who piloted NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour in November 2008. The shuttle mission is a highlight of his sterling career, which includes fighter and test pilot experience in the U.S. Air Force. Boe credits Atlanta Composite Squadron 2 for shaping his dream of being an astronaut.