Rep. Richard L. Hanna, R-24, Barneveld, has been inducted into the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Squadron.
He received a briefing on CAP’s homeland security, search-and-rescue and disaster relief missions at his Jan. 4 induction. Hanna, who holds a pilot’s license and owns an airplane, received membership credentials from a New York Wing delegation that included Wing Vice Commander Lt. Col. Tom Carello of Syracuse and three wing staff officers, Lt. Col. Andy Liddle of Oneonta, Lt. Col. Gerald Marketos of Rome and Lt. Col. Larry Brinker of Binghamton. The congressman also received a CAP flight suit because he is a pilot himself.
Hanna wears the honorary grade of lieutenant colonel and is authorized to fly in CAP aircraft and participate in CAP activities.
"The congressman’s passion for aviation and his record of service to community and country make him a perfect fit for the Civil Air Patrol," said Carello.
Hanna invited the New York Wing to get involved with his New York Defense Working Group, whose aim is to protect and enhance military installations in the state. Hanna formed the bipartisan alliance with downstate Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, and 18 House members are part of the working group.