Supporting the Mission: Kemp Jet Services
By 1st Lt. Sean Wardwell
UTWG Director of Public Affairs
OGDEN – The Civil Air Patrol relies on its members to carry out missions for both their community and country, but that can be a challenge without those members receiving significant support from their communities. Here in Utah, one of our biggest supporters is Mel Kemp at Kemp Jet Services in Ogden, and their help is vital in keeping our mission pilots trained and mission-ready.
“We have a flight clinic every year for the entire wing. Once a year, they open up this building to us so we can have our meetings and classes,” Said Lt Col. Steve Rogers. “You can’t ask for better support.”
Rogers pointed out that even though Kemp’s deli is closed on Saturdays, when the clinic takes place, the company keeps it open for the pilots.
“They take really good care of us,” said Rogers.
Kemp has helped Utah Wing for the past five years and Rogers said he does it because he believes in what CAP does.
“(The clinic) is all day long and whatever we need, they’ll come in early and set things up for us,” said Rogers. “We can fly all our planes in and they line them out front, they’ll take care of our gas. We’ve got a building with audio/visual capabilities that can accommodate a whole lot of people.”
“We could go to the Wing building to hold this,” continued Rogers. “But we can’t fit as many people in there, and where would we park all the planes? Its been invaluable to us to be here.”
Wing leadership agrees, with UTWG Commander Col. Michael Fernandez pointing out how essential people like Kemp are to CAP’s success.
“Mel Kemp and his company are a huge part of what makes our wing successful. His support means we can devote more resources to our mission, ensure our pilots have top of the line training facilities and we can do our jobs better,” said Fernandez. “The wing is deeply grateful for all they do.”
For more information on our friends at Kemp Jet Services, visit their website at www.kempjet.com.