BUSCH: Ashton Lewis renews sponsorship

Civil Air Patrol ready for homeland security role. MONTGOMERY, AL (January 10, 2003) -- As the only National Non-Profit organization currently involved in NASCAR Busch Grand National primary sponsorship, Civil Air Patrol leaders are excited...

Civil Air Patrol ready for homeland security role.

MONTGOMERY, AL (January 10, 2003) -- As the only National Non-Profit organization currently involved in NASCAR Busch Grand National primary sponsorship, Civil Air Patrol leaders are excited about the opportunities for continued exposure in 2003.

In August of 2002, the Board of Governors voted to continue their sponsorship of the No. 46 Chevrolet, piloted by Ashton Lewis, Jr. through the 2003 season. The Board of Governors decided to extend the sponsorship because they were pleased with the exposure that Civil Air Patrol was receiving, their membership numbers are steadily increasing, and because they know they found the perfect role model for their cadets in driver, Lewis, Jr.

"We absolutely made the right decision in picking Ashton as our driver," said Major General Richard Bowling. "Ashton spent a lot of time in 2002 meeting with various cadet squadrons across the country, and he sent a positive message everywhere he went. I know he will continue to represent us well in 2003."

The Civil Air Patrol organization has taken on a new role in Homeland Security. On a recent visit to the White House, Major General Bowling was named as one of the 43 members of the National Citizen Corp. Council. The council has representatives from state and local governments, first-responder groups, emergency management agencies, volunteer service organizations and the private sector. Mike Brown, deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the national council "will play a major role in promoting citizen preparedness and homeland security nationwide."

"Our visibility and our role in greatly magnified," said Bowling. "It carves out a special niche we have never had. It gives us more flexibility in the execution of our mission, plus it enables us to work with other lead federal agencies in homeland security."

In response to the new responsibilities that Civil Air Patrol will be assuming, the leadership decided that a new paint scheme was in line for the No. 46 Chevrolet. "We have taken on a new public role, and we want the car to take on a new look in 2003," said Bowling. "Hopefully the new look will help increase public awareness."

Civil Air Patrol is actively seeking tax deductible donations, or associate sponsors for our racing program. For more information please contact kriddle@capnhq.gov.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with over 63,000 members nationwide. It performs more than 85% of inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in the continental United States. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. On the Web: http://www.capnhq.gov <http://www.capnhq.gov/> www.capraceteam.com <http://www.capraceteam.com/>

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