Faunce Hall Inaugeration

KEMPTON, PA — This summer the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), PA Wing completed a major renovation to its Ranger School facility at Hawk Mountain. The Cadet Command vans were upgraded from rusted out vehicles on railroad ties to real cabins that are the working headquarters for the staff.

With the help of a donation from the CPT Brian Faunce Memorial Fund, the new Cadet Commander’s cabin was outfitted, including a desk, computer, bunks, and a lounge chair. CAP dedicated the Cadet Commander’s cabin “Faunce Hall” on Sept 11, 2004. On the wall hangs a plaque with the dedication, a flag and the gold star banner to honor his memory.

Young cadets listen during the inaugeral ceremony. You are looking at the future military leadership.

The Cadet Commander’s working area. On display you see the plaque, flag, and gold star banner in honor of Brian. A gold star indicates a soldier who died in war.

Bunk beds and the Commander’s lounge chair… a vast improvement from the rusty old van!

The diamonds behind two side-by-side ceiling fans symbolize Brian’s rank when he served as Cadet Commander – Lt Colonel.

The orignal Cadet Command Van – this is the one Brian served in during his summer as Cadet Commander in July 1992.

The plaque on display in Faunce Hall reads the dedication to Brian.

Brian’s sisters Samantha and Danielle decide to test out the bunks in Faunce Hall. We approve!

Terry Loughran sharing his memories of Brian. Brian’s dad and friend Jay Rivera also spoke during the ceremony.

Rich Faunce, Michael Faunce, and Ramsey Sharif.

Brian’s sister Samantha with Jen Motze. She remembers Brian well from PSU days!

Two successful CAP alumni. Left: Jay Rivera, US Marine Corps pilot, returned from Iraq just two days before the ceremony. He spoke movingly of his memories of Brian. Ramsey Sharif, US Air Force pilot, went “TDY” and flew himself in from California in a T-38 jet to attend the ceremony.

Brian’s parents Rich and Judy flanking Jay Rivera and Ramsey Sharif.

DeEtte and Jeff Riley. Thank you for everything – you did a great job!

Jay and Laura Rivera with Buddy.

Major Bill Gibbons, LTC Tom Jensen, and Major Anne Gibbons.

After the ceremony the crew shared dinner and Yuenglings at the Kempton Hotel, a favorite spot of Brian’s. Here you see his mother-in-law Sharon Rusakiewicz with her husband Rich.

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