The gathering, at the Calhoun Civil Air Patrol Headquarters, will spotlight community involvement in the service project to benefit wounded U.S. soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. All members of the media and the general public are invited to attend.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, near the Ramstein Air Force Base, is one of the military hospitals where military personnel wounded in Iraq are sent for more extensive care. Tonya Boylan, public affairs director for the Georgia Wing, said many of the men and women arrive at the hospital with few personal-care items. Until they are well enough to visit the base exchange, they must usually do without such simple necessities as toothpaste and hair combs, she said. Project: Soldiers in Need is an effort by Civil Air Patrol squadrons in Northwest Georgia to help provide some of these necessities. Donation locations for items will be announced Saturday, along with the dates of several local benefit concerts in the Rome and Calhoun areas.
An associated project, Project: Support Bear, will also be discussed. Lt. Col. Jim Belzer, CAP and Lt. Col. Scott Nations, CAP, both of the Calhoun Composite Squadron, are coordinating the project. Additional information about both projects is available from Lt. Col. Belzer at 706-346-4446 or Lt. Col. Nations at 706-295-9236.
Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, nonprofit, service organization. The unpaid members perform more than 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and conduct one of America’s finest youth programs through CAP Cadet Programs. For more information about Civil Air Patrol, 706-235-0262 or call 1-800-FLY-2338.