Abraham named top gun for Congressional Civil Air Patrol squadron
Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham, who often commutes to Washington piloting his own Cirrus SR 20 airplane, has been named top gun for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary's Congressional Squadron. Abraham, R-Alto, takes over as the fourth commander in the 51-year history of the squadron, which is based at Joint Base Andrews, Md., succeeding former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
"The Civil Air Patrol has allowed me a chance to give back to my country and assist our active duty service members," said Abraham. "I am grateful for the service this organization provides, and I am very honored to have been tabbed with this command."
Abraham, who was featured on a recent cover of Civil Air Patrol Magazine, has more than 3,500 flying hours either on a fixed-wing airplane or helicopter. He often flies search-and-rescue missions, reconnaissance and transport for active-duty military personnel. In 2017 he flew search and rescue missions over Texas and Louisiana searching for Hurricane Harvey victims.
"The Civil Air Patrol provides a vital service during disasters," Abraham said Monday morning in an interview with USA Today Network. "It's a huge asset on the state and national level."
Abraham is also a pilot with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and active with Pilots for Patients, an organization of 120 volunteer pilots who provide air transportation to those needing medical treatment.
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