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Marion resident earns Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award

McWright recognized for support of local CAP squadron

McWright recognized for support of local CAP squadron


McWright recognized for support of local CAP squadron


Special to the Times

1st Lieutenant Winthrop McWright, a member of the 99th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, was recently presented the Achievement Award. Colonel Robert Allison, Arkansas Wing Commander visited the local squadron to present this award.

1st Lt McWright, who is the unit’s Safety Officer, was given this award for being a strong supporter of the 99th Composite Squadron from 2018 to 2020. As the unit Safety Officer, he continually provided valuable safety training ranging from seasonal, holiday, home safety tips and more. In 2020 he kept the percentage of members getting safety presentations at 76 percent with 4 months in a row at 100 percent. He has also supported the cadet program helping with cadet training and testing. During a period because of the COVID-19 restrictions, he filled for

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Colonel Robert Allison (right), Arkansas CAP Wing Commander visited the 9th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol to present an award to 1st Lieutenant Winthrop McWright of Marion.

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the squadron commander so meetings would be able to continue. His awards include the Red Service Ribbon with 1st Oakleaf Cluster and a Commander’s Commendation.

The 99th Composite Squadron meets on Monday nights at the ASU Aviation Technical Center at 409 Taxiway in West Memphis from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more about Civil Air Patrol go to or www.CAP.News. For more information about the 99th Composite Squadron and meetings, contact Lt. Col. Larry Webster at [email protected]

Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 54,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/ aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 20,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.CAP.News or for more information. To get involved with the local CAP, contact Lt. Col. Larry Webster at [email protected], or 870-225-6849.

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