WalMart Foundation Awards Grant to CAP

CAP Receives a grant from the WalMart Foundation (Submitted Photo)

CAP Receives a grant from the WalMart Foundation (Submitted Photo)

On November 2nd, 2017 the Klamath Falls Walmart store manager, Kelly Cooper, presented a $1,500 grant to Captain Brian Smith at the regular Thursday night meeting.  The Walmart Foundation granted this award through their Community Grant Program. The monies are greatly appreciated and will help support the Squadron’s mission of Aerospace Education, Cadet Program and Emergency Services.

Kelly Cooper first met many of the Squadron’s cadets at this year’s Sentry Eagle event at Kingsley Field.  She was impressed by the willingness of the cadets to step up and helped them handout water to the public.  The water was provided free of charge to event guests by the store as a service to the community.  According to Ms. Cooper, “for nearly 40 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been committed to strengthening local communities around the world”.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information.  

The Klamath Falls Composite Squadron is part of the Civil Air Patrol Oregon Wing headquartered in Eugene.  This all-volunteer squadron is composed of 32 school-age cadets ranging in age from 12 to 18, and 22 adults, referred to as Senior Members, including FAA licensed pilots and support staff such as personnel, finance, and radio communications specialists.  The squadron supports Civil Air Patrols three primary missions, Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services, including Search and Rescue operations.  The squadron hold weekly meets at Kingsley Field at 6:30 PM on Thursdays.