Wheeling Civil Air Patrol Squadron members attend Cadet training

WHEELING – Three members of the Wheeling Civil Air Patrol Squadron recently returned from a week of Cadet training at Camp Dawson West Virginia. Cadets Luke K. Knollinger, Joseph W. Main and Cameron D. Hicks took part in a variety of activities. They spent their week learning how to cross a rope bridge, shooting a .22 rifle on the firing range, rappelling from an 80 foot tall tower, as well as learning land and water survival skills. One highlight of the week was the flight they got to take in a Blackhawk helicopter. According to Cadet Hicks the food for the week was awesome, however, the same could not be said for the Army style barracks they stayed in.

If you know a young boy or girl interested in Aerospace Education, the Wheeling Squadron meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at the west end of the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.