The Muskogee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held an event recently at Hatbox Field to allow the public to see demonstrations of their training.

Part of the demonstration was the use of drones by experienced users from the Muskogee Nighthawks Squadron and Civil Air Patrol cadets.

A Cadet Squadron is comprised of mostly Cadets (ages 12-21), with sufficient adults (senior members ages 18 and up) to provide necessary supervision, according to the CAP website.

Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. The CAP Cadet Program is for youth who are dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military.

Cadets meet two hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

According to the Civil Air Patrol website, the program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

 Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

The Civil Air Patrol cadet program is one that many youth will want to take part in. Who knows? It could lead to a career.

Learn more

For information on the local squadron, email monte.p.wapaha@okwgcap.org or call the commander, Capt. Monte Wapaha, (918) 360-8726.

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