This visit touched on all three of CAP’s basic core missions.

On Saturday, July 28, members of the Ascension Parish Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) visited the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Miss., and the Stennis Space Flight Center just north of the Infinity Center.

The Stennis Space Center is where all rocket engines used in the space program are tested prior to being assembled into the spacecraft which they are to power. The Infinity Science Center houses information concerning America’s space program. Special emphasis is placed on the careers of astronauts having Louisiana and Mississippi roots.

This visit touched on all three of CAP’s basic core missions. One is Emergency Services to country, state, and community and includes such activities as searches for lost persons and downed flyers, support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), and assessments of damage resulting from natural disasters through aerial photography. A second mission is CAP’s strong youth program designed to develop character, teach leadership skills, and instill self confidence in young men and women. CAP’s third basic mission is to promote aerospace education programs for its members as well as for schools, universities, and other public and private organizations.

CAP’s Ascension Parish Composite Squadron is commanded by Major Phillip Smith and is based at Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales.

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