Naples Civil Air Patrol
— Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today —
The Naples Civil Air Patrol (Naples CAP) is one of the NAA’s longest based tenants. Launched in 1952, this volunteer, nonprofit organization — and a civilian arm of the U.S. Air Force — educates and serves the Collier County community. Naples CAP has three primary goals: 1) promoting aerospace education, 2) performing emergency services, and 3) operating a cadet training program.
Currently commanding the chapter of 40 Senior Squadron members and about 30 cadets is Major Judy Repka. Judy became a private pilot in 1982, and continued her flight training upon joining Naples CAP in 2009, earning both instrument and commercial pilot ratings. “I’ve flown more than 80 Naples Civil Air Patrol cadets for their orientation flights, and helped FEMA with post-hurricane aerial photography flights,” she recalled.
The cadet training program supports as many young adults as possible, helping them achieve their dream of becoming a private pilot. “An added bonus is cadets learn to enhance leadership skills, maintain responsible lifestyles, and have respect for fellow human beings and the military institution. They are better prepared for college or military academies, and have access to more scholarship opportunities,” she explained.
Judy emphasized the chapter’s partnership with Wreaths Across America — remembering fallen U.S. veterans, honoring those who serve, and teaching youth the value of freedom — which is also one of Naples CAP’s largest annual fundraisers.
“We purchase wreaths and ceremoniously place them on veterans’ gravesites at the Palm Royale Cemetery on the Saturday before Christmas Day each year, followed by a memorial ceremony at Fred Coyle Freedom Park,” said Judy. For every wreath ordered, Naples CAP receives $5. The public can help support this program by ordering wreaths here.
Learn more about the Naples CAP and how to support this community program and its fundraising efforts here.