CAP was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in late 2014 for the organization’s efforts during World War II. The group is one of only a few government agencies ever to receive the prestigious honor. Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s national commander, said CAP volunteers flew 86,000 coastal missions during World War II and covered 24 million miles.
In honor of the CAP’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the group wanted to honor AOPA and EAA for the many contributions the associations have made to CAP’s mission over the years.
AOPA President Mark Baker said he was honored to accept the award on behalf of the association and that “Our freedom to fly bonds all of us.”