By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) offered a presentation to students at Marco Island Charter Middle School for those interested in joining their cadet program. The Civil Air Patrol is an official auxiliary arm of the United States Air Force. Thousands of young people are introduced to aviation through their programs.
Lt. Col. Ray Rosenburg, Commander of Group 5 FLWG Civil Air Patrol, held the presentation with Cadet 2nd Lt. Drew Fordon, a student at Marco Island Charter Middle School who has excelled through 10 levels of the 16 level cadet program in less than two years. Also on hand was 2nd Lt. Jay Blanco an adult leader who spearheaded the cadet program at the Marco Island Academy.
Local cadet meetings are held on Saturdays at the Civil Air Patrol hangar at the Marco Island Executive Airport. Physical fitness is a part of the meeting every three weeks. All cadets are offered orientation flights within 60 days of joining CAP regardless of their rankor achievement level. The Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces youth to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. The program’s motto describes what cadet flying is all about: “Safe, Fun, Educational.” These flights are fully funded by the Air Force and there is no cost to the cadet. In addition to aerospace education, the cadet program stresses leadership, character development and physical fitness. In addition to flight training, any cadet earning an officer status who subsequently enters the Air Force is automatically given a higher rank than the basic enlistee. Cadet training has a positive impact on college admissions.
CAP has three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. The local squadron is active flying surveillance missions, search and rescue missions and was on the look-out last year for the any advancement of the oil spill to our coast.
For further information on the cadet program contact 2nd Lt. Jay Blanco at firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual dues are $45 which includes uniforms and introductory publications.