09:08 AM

Tenn. Members Aid Salvation Army, State EMA

Lt. Col. Morgan Torp-Pedersen
Public Affairs Officer
Murfreesboro Composite Squadron

Over 40 Tennessee Wing members from across the state are assisting the Salvation Army and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in response to the COVID-19 members.

“We are thankful for our community partners at Civil Air Patrol," said Maj. Ethan Frizzell, area commander for the Salvation Army Nashville, after wing members assisted in the delivery of over 1,000 meals alongside the Salvation Army to 15 homeless camps in the Nashville area.over one week. "The time their members are giving to us has allowed for an increase in the number of meals we can take out each day, further allowing us to spread help, hope and love into our encampment communities."

"We are grateful for their members' hearts and their commitment to our shared mission of loving our neighbors,” Frizzell said.

Lesli Remaly-Netter, senior voluntary agency liaison for Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV, thanked the wing for its “commitment to answering the call to public service” in support of the pandemic response.

“These are several extremely important roles that are outside of the normal expected participation from CAP, but its members met the challenge head-on and have proven themselves to be a highly versatile and capable partner,” Remaly-Netter said.

Col. Dent Young, Tennessee Wing commander, said, at the core of it all, Civil Air Patrol is about helping others and saving lives.

"I'm extremely proud of the members of Tennessee Wing who are stepping up in the midst of this pandemic threatening our neighbors," Young said. "Be safe, watch out for your wingmen and, working together, we will all come safely through this nationwide effort."