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Civil Air Patrol to launch recruitment drive

Cadets will get glider experience on Oct. 8 at the Carbon County Airport.

The cadet squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is hosting a recruitment event Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north side of Washington Park for any youth interested in learning more about becoming a member of the squadron.

The public is also invited to observe cadets experience glider flights at the Carbon County Airport on Oct. 8.

The Civil Air Patrol was established one week prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to National service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. After the war Congress permanently established CAP as the auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force with three primary missions set forth: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Most people who are aware of CAP relate their function to that of searching for downed or missing aircraft.

Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and man made disasters as well as humanitarian missions.

In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counter-drug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. Our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer and it is often through CAP that a young person receives his or her first flight. The cadet program is organized around four main elements which include leadership, aerospace, fitness and character with eligibility ages 12 through 20. Former cadets can be found in leadership positions in the military, aerospace industry, public service and other professions.

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