I was too old to join the active military and felt a need to serve my country
Charlotte, NC (Vocus) July 14, 2010
The Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) recently recognized the volunteer efforts of author and motivational speaker Richard London (A Handbook for Life: A Practical Guide to Success and Happiness). Mr. London joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. “I was too old to join the active military and felt a need to serve my country,” London said. “CAP flies 95% of all inland search and rescue missions in the United States and I already had my pilot’s license, so it was a natural fit for me,” he continued.
Richard currently holds the rank of major and was featured in an article in CAP’s online magazine Volunteer Now.
In the article, one of Major London’s former squadron commanders, Lt. Colonel L.E. Kale, commented, “Rich jumped in with both feet, getting all the required orientation done very quickly. He attended the Middle East Region's Search and Rescue College at Fort Pickett, Va., and shortly after that became a mission pilot. When CAP made it a requirement for pilots to have a commercial rating to fly Air Force ROTC cadets, Rich immediately made the decision to get his.”
Major London has flown as a Mission Pilot on multiple search and rescue flights as well as damage assessment flights following hurricane Isabelle in North Carolina. “It is a tremendous feeling to be a part of a highly trained, multi-state team working towards a common goal and to participate as a team of volunteers who take time away from their families to help others,” London said.
In the CAP Volunteer Now article Richard was recognized for his positive attitude and ability to use it to lift him above the challenges in life. In addition to serving CAP as a mission pilot he also served as the North Carolina Wing’s finance officer and Critical Incident Stress Management Director.
London’s accomplishments outside of CAP he is a third degree black belt, has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years, author of A Handbook for Life and currently conducts seminars to help others achieve goals and overcome obstacles in their lives. These accomplishments have come despite nine surgeries following an automobile accident, overcoming cancer and living with Parkinson’s disease.
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