NSA Mechanicsburg Community
Civil Air Patrol Northeast Philadelphia Composite SQDN 104
Lt. Col. Andrew Notarfrancesco
Master Sgt. Lawrence Leissner
CAP Squadron 104
Col. Gary Fleming
MISSION: Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, cyber and space power.
Across the nation, with 550 single-engine airplanes, CAP has one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world. CAP’s air fleet also includes 51 gliders, used to introduce America’s youth and adults alike to flight. CAP maintains a fleet of 980 vehicles comprised of vans, trucks and special-purpose vehicles. CAP’s multimillion-dollar communications network includes 7,850 land mobile radio stations and 1,467 long-range, high-frequency radios. In 2016, Civil Air Patrol received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for CAP’s “exceptionally meritorious service” during the period covered by the award — described as a time in which the organization “emerged as a true Total Force partner, flying 34,367 operational sorties as the Air Force Auxiliary.”
Civil Air Patrol annually conducts 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the continental U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies. CAP members were involved in 669 search and rescue missions in 2014 and were credited by the AFRCC with saving 85 lives.
Locally, last year, we provided emergency services missions including emergency locator transmitter, missing aircraft and missing person searches. Squadron 104 ground teams contributed several hundred man hours during search and rescue missions in Pennsylvania. Squadron aircrews flew missions in support of the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Air Guard.
Civil Air Patrol cadets participate in a variety of leadership training opportunities. Cadets participate in Basic Encampment, Leadership Development Course, Cadet Commanders Course and Region Honor Guard Academy at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Cadets also participate in national activities such as pararescue orientation, Air Force Space Command familiarization, powered and glider flight academies, Hawk Mountain Ranger School, Engineering Technologies Academy and the international air cadet exchange. Cadets have the opportunity to learn about various aerospace and military career fields. Cadets also participate in local parades and events for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, as well as Wreaths Across America every December at Philadelphia National Cemetery.
Squadron 104 has received the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2017, 2015 and 2014, as well as being named Squadron of Merit and Squadron of Distinction.
Senior members: 10
Cadet members: 16