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80th Anniversary Celebration

Hilton Garden Inn
2833 Conference Dr, Edmond, OK 73034
December 4th, 2021

3:00pm - 11:00pm

* - come and go

Join us in celebration!

The Oklahoma Wing will join other units of Civil Air Patrol across the nation in observing the organization’s 80th anniversary.

Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation’s coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

Among the events scheduled across the country for Civil Air Patrol Week, the week of Dec. 1-7, Oklahoma Wing will be hosting a hangar dance themed celebration with aircraft artifacts and decorations. If you have some 1940’s styles, please feel free to sport the dress of the times. Otherwise, service dress or business casual is appropriate.

Schedule of Activities

5:30PM - The festivities will start with an awards presentation by Civil Air Patrol's National Vice Commander Brigadier General Regina Aye and a proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, then move on quickly into eating and socializing.

6:45PM - We will cut the anniversary cake.

7:00PM - The dance will start.

The origins of the Civil Air Patrol story began in 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator and New Jersey director of aeronautics, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing America’s civilian aviators for national defense. The proposal for a Civil Air Patrol was approved by Commerce, Navy, and War departments and CAP national headquarters opened its doors Dec. 1. In January 1942, U-boats started attacking the shipping lanes along our east coast. By June, enemy attacks destroyed nearly 400 merchant vessels and oil tankers off the U.S. Atlantic coastline, often within sight of our shores. Civil Air Patrol was called into action by a short-handed military. With privately owned airplanes armed with light bombs, civilian volunteers became the eyes of the home skies, flying a total of 244,600 hours patrolling and safeguarding America's coastline, aiding the safe movement of war material to the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Today’s Civil Air Patrol may look different, but its core remains the same. It continues to support America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

Registration is Free

Event Registration deadline: 11/20/21

* - Open to CAP membership or persons accompanied by a current CAP member

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Special Guest
Civil Air Patrol's
National Vice Commander
Brig. Gen. Regena Aye

Her primary duty as National Vice Commander is to help Maj. Gen. Edward Phelka, the organization's National Commander and Chief Executive Officer, lead CAP’s 56,000 volunteers in fulfillment of the nonprofit organization’s three primary programs of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. In its role as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP is a member of the Total Force, filling a critical role in Defense Support of Civil Authorities that includes preserving life, relieving suffering, and providing training support. In addition to advising General Phelka and the Board of Governors on operational and policy issues, she is also be a member of both the Command Council and Senior Advisory Group (CSAG).

Overnight Stay


If you would like to stay overnight, the room rates are only $104 and that rate is guaranteed until November 12, 2021.

After this date, rooms will more than likely be at a higher rate. Click the image above to go to book your room.


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