The Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr., Placerville.
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Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. Civil Air Patrol is looking for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 to join its award-winning cadet program.
CAP cadets learn about aerospace and gain leadership skills through military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and proper wear of the Air Force uniform. The open house is designed to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.
Civil Air Patrol also has textbooks, curriculum, and “hands-on” Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) kits available to middle schools and high schools funded by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), which is administered by the Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office at the Pentagon. Teachers and administrators from area schools are especially invited to learn about these programs.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with over 57,000 members nationwide. CAP 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 32 lives in fiscal year 2012.
Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug 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 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP Cadet Programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 71 years. For more information, visit gocivilairpatrol.com.