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Manasco, Asst. Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, Flies with CAP

Shon J. Manasco, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, toured Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon, visiting various offices and then capping off his visit with a flight in a CAP Cessna over Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Accompanied by top CAP officials, Manasco paid visits to the Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education directorates as well as to the National Operations Center, meeting with national staff as well as with Alabama Wing cadets.

Then came his flight in a CAP Cessna 206, piloted by Lt. Col. Durk Gerhardt, CAP-USAF inspector general. CAP’s national vice commander, Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka, was a crewmember. During the flight, Phelka explained how CAP uses its high-tech glass cockpit aircraft to help the organization perform its missions in an outstanding manner.

As assistant secretary, Manasco is directly responsible for the supervision of manpower, military and civilian personnel, Air Reserve component affairs and readiness support for the Department of the Air Force. He graduated from U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in systems engineering and management. Manasco is a U.S. Army veteran and held numerous leadership positions while in uniform.