WHEELING - Wheeling Civil Air Patrol Squadron Cadets Luke K. Knollinger, Joseph W. Main and Cameron D. Hicks recently returned from a week-long cadet training at Camp Dawson.
Cadets climbed rope bridges, shot rifles, rappelled, learned water and land survival skills and took a flight in a Blackhawk helicopter.
The Wheeling squadron meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport's west end. It is open to boys and girls interested in aerospace education.
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 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.
Members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in cadet programs.