HARRISBURG, PA — Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware/Chester) was awarded the Civil Air Patrol’s highest non-valor award Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Col. Kevin Berry, commander of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP), presented Barrar with the Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award for outstanding duty and performance.
As a member of the CAP’s Legislative Wing and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Barrar was successful in bringing the CAP under the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs with passage of Act 60 of 2019. The legislation allows for better coordination of administration and funding.
The Civil Air Patrol is the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, a volunteer public service organization that provides emergency services and participates in disaster relief missions. Formed in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol conducted flights along the eastern U.S. coastline to deter, report and prevent enemy operations during World War II.
“I am deeply honored to receive this distinguished award,” said Barrar. “The Civil Air Patrol provided key support for our national defense during World War II and it continues to do so today with our changing weather patterns, storms and natural disasters. In times of war and peace, they are here to guard and protect us. It is important to me to ensure the Civil Air Patrol is able to carry out its mission and has the necessary resources to do so. Act 60 provides this assurance.”
Source: Representative Stephen E. Barrar, 160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Image: Barrar pictured with Col. Kevin Berry, PA Commander, Civil Air Patrol
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