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Bird's Eye View: Century Circle coming together

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Throughout the week, you may have been among the group of cars following aircraft towards the West Gate. These aircraft were making their way to the new Century Circle display outside the gate. Thank you for your patience! 

The Century Circle project has been in the works for several years, and it is finally coming together with the Century Series aircraft and the old Control Tower moving into position. The entire display is scheduled for dedication at the end of August. 

It's a permanent reminder of our history and heritage on display for the world to see.
But did you know that you can contribute a lasting mark to the display? 

The Air Force Flight Test Center Museum is offering the opportunity for you to have a personalized brick included in the display. For instance, you may want to simply put your name and unit on the brick. Perhaps you want to donate one of the bricks in a loved one's memory. It's entirely up to you. 

If you're interested in supporting the Century Circle display and its upkeep for years to come, drop by the museum and fill out your order form. They are $50 until the end of the July at which time the price goes up by $10.

For more information on Century Circle or how you can support the museum, contact Doug or Ilah Nelson at 277-8050.

Civil Air Patrol preps youth for success
 
We're very fortunate at Edwards to have Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 84 hosted on our base. They have helped us with countless events on and off base. Doing everything from portraying exercise 'victims' to helping direct the flow of traffic during Open House or the Pancho Barnes parties, they've been more than willing to volunteer. 

However, they do so much more than help us out in a pinch. 

Civil Air Patrol provides America's youth with an introduction to aviation and space through its programs, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. It's open to youths aged 12 to 18, and they can remain in the program until they are 21. 

As CAP cadets, these young people have the opportunity to develop leadership and technical skills while learning the importance of personal integrity, self-discipline and respect. They learn these skills and ideals through aerospace activities and volunteerism. 

Specifically, CAP cadets experience search and rescue training, survival training, radio communications, model rocketry, flight training, public speaking courses, first aid and CPR training, photography and how to keep physically fit. 

CAP cadets can even earn flight and academic scholarships through the program. 

Ultimately, it's a great program for youths who are interested in aviation or military careers, but it isn't just limited to kids. Adults can get involved through CAP's senior member program. 

At Edwards, contact CAP 1st Lt. Connie McCullough at 300-0195 to learn more about Composite Squadron 84. In Lancaster and Palmdale, contact CAP Capt. Vera Swenson at 269-0552 to learn more about Antelope Valley Squadron 15. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found online at www.cap.gov

I encourage you to take the time to get involved and contribute to our children's future.