Godair named new commander of Rutland Civil Air Patrol squadron

RUTLAND, Vt. - Capt. Bill W. Godair, Ph.D., assumed command Oct. 29 of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol's Rutland Composite Squadron based at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport.

Godair, a resident of Mendon, Vt., and the squadron's aerospace education officer, assumed command from Capt. Steve Rabideau, who will assume responsibility for the squadron's emergency services program.

Godair is the director of the business studies program at Landmark College in Putney, Vt. Rabideau is owner of the Rabideau Insurance Agency in Center Rutland, Vt. Col. Thomas Benckert, commander, Vermont CAP Wing, presided over the change-of-command ceremony.

The Rutland Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is part of the all-civilian, all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

The Rutland Composite Squadron received several citations as one of outstanding squadrons in New England.

Operating 530 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes nationwide, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force-directed search and rescue missions utilizing aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network.

CAP also offers a cadet program for girls and boys between the ages of 12-18 which includes multiple orientation flights as well as a community oriented aerospace education program.

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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