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Three local Squadron Cadets return from Encampment at Camp San Luis Obispo

Tehachapi Composite Squadron 46

Three cadets from the Tehachapi Composite Squadron 46, Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Auxiliary, Cadet Airman Dalton, Cadet Airman Kaczmarczyk and Cadet Airman Trejo, attended a weeklong encampment this past week at Camp San Luis Obispo, California.

Encampment challenges cadets by pushing them outside of their comfort zone. This allows them to grow and develop by presenting them with activities and tasks that allow them to learn to lead while working as part of a team.

Our three cadets participated in:

• Developing leadership skills.

• Learning about aviation, space and technology.

• Committing to a habit of regular exercise.

• Live the Civil Air Patrol's Core Values which are, INTEGRITY, VOLUNTEER SERVICE, EXCELLENCE and RESPECT.

The training they received emphasized followership, leadership, character development, physical development, teamwork and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Cadets are encouraged to explore career opportunities in STEM related fields.

Cadets participated in orientation flights on Civil Air Patrol aircraft. Colonel Ross Veta, Commander of the California Wing of CAP took time from his busy schedule to come to the encampment and meet new cadets. He even took the time to pilot one of the planes and introduce some of these new cadets to the wonder of flight.

Our cadets returned to us stronger and more confident with the knowledge they need to assume leadership roles within our squadron. This knowledge and confidence will help them meet the challenges they will face in their CAP journey and in life. We are proud of our cadets and would like to congratulate them for achieving this goal.

About Civil Air Patrol

Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,944 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives in fiscal 2020. CAP's 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to about 25,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually. Visit http://www.CAP.News or http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information