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Aug 18, 2010 3:10 PM by Staff

Civil Air Patrol Holds Training Academy

Civil Air Patrol Holds Training Academy

LAFAYETTE, La. - Over 100 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members of the Louisiana Wing gathered for a two-day training academy in Lafayette on Aug. 14-15, 2010.

Louisiana Wing Training Academy Director, 1st Lt. Mike Smith said, "We had an excellent academy. I'm very pleased with the number of senior members and cadets that took advantage of this outstanding training opportunity. I'm also very thankful to the University of Louisiana for granting us the use of Hamilton Hall here on the Lafayette campus."

Fifty adults (senior members) chose training from a number of classes that included; Mission Pilot, Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Squadron Leadership School, Corporate Leadership Course, Unit Commanders Course, Basic Communications, Urban Direction Finding and Incident Command System (ICS-300 and ICS-400).

Thirty-five cadets ranging in age from 12 to 17 were offered training in Airman Leadership School and Non-Commissioned Officer School classes.

Over thirty members participated as instructors or staff members.

Aircrews trained both in the classroom and aboard CAP single-engine aircraft operating from the Lafayette Regional Airport.

CAP's Louisiana Wing Commander, Col. Art Scarbrough, said, "The training academy was designed to help members become properly qualified to conduct CAP's three basic missions of aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services."

Louisiana Wing has over 500 members representing 14 squadrons that are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Gonzales, Hammond, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Patterson and Shreveport.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

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