Cadets take on summer challenges

Cadets take on summer challenges

Cadets from the Mount Airy Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol, are taking part in various special activities over the summer, designed to enhance their skills and provide opportunities to excel in achievement.

Mount Airy cadets C/MSgt Katherine Grasley, C/TSgt Dylan Marty, C/SrA Dimitry Madsen and C/SrA Conner Snyder are participants in the West Virginia Wing, Encampment. C/MSgt Jackson Curtis will also journey to this encampment as a cadet cadre staff leader. Encampment is a full immersion, military-style, training environment that inspires cadets to develop leadership skills, learn aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise and solidify their moral character. Cadets are provided opportunities to participate in team building exercises, orientation flights, leadership courses and emergency services training. Cadets must attend an encampment to qualify for access to CAP's National Cadet Special Activities Programs.

Beyond the core CAP cadet program curriculum, cadets have opportunities to follow their own interests and explore potential careers. NCSA programs are national programs that require cadets to qualify for through a nationwide selection process. NCSA's provide cadets with hands-on experience, opportunities to develop and practice skills under the guidance of experienced CAP senior members and certified pilot instructors. This summer, several Mount Airy cadets applied for and met the qualifying selection criteria for NCSA participation. C/Maj Daniel Flanick and C/MSgt Grasley will attend Regional Cadet Leadership Academies. Having already attended an RCLA, C/CMSgt Aurora Albertson will attend the Model Aircraft and Remote-Control Flight Academy and the Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School. C/1st Lt. Raegan Buzzard will attend both the NFA-Great Lakes Region Powered Flight Academy and the Cyber Defense Training Academy. Buzzard previously attended RCLA and Hot Air Balloon Academy last summer and the Civic Leadership Academy earlier this spring.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force.

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