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NYW Civil Air Patrol Cadets Graduate from Week-Long Encampment



2023 NYW Encampment

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Graduate from Week-Long Encampment


(Syracuse-NY) - Civil Air Patrol Cadets from across NY State graduated from New York Wing’s week-long summer Basic Leadership Encampment recently.


Approximately 120 Cadets, ages 12-18 spent a week at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, NY immersed in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program. They participated in physical fitness training, team-building exercises, leadership and aerospace education as well as exploring career fields the NY Air National Guard has to offer.


Cadets were treated to tours of the base and were visited by several military aircraft including the MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Pilot Aircraft, (174th Attack Wing) an AH-64 Apache helicopter, (10th Mountain Division) a KC-135 Tanker, (914th Air Refueling Wing, a pair of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs (175th FW) and an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship all the way from the 4th SOS in Florida. They also received orientation flights in CAP Cessna Aircraft and incentive flights in a C-17 and C-130. The highlight included fly-bys from a pair of F-15’s and A-10’s.


According to the Commander of Civil Air Patrol’s New York Wing,Col. John Jones, the encampment was planned to introduce cadets of NY’s Civil Air Patrol to what the military looks like, and was designed to encourage them to explore potential careers within the military or civilian aerospace.

“We are trying to expose our cadets to as much as possible to potential aerospace careers. Whether that is in the active-duty, Guard and Reserve components of the Air Force, other military branches or civilian aviation,” Jones stated. “The end goal is to have our cadets want to pursue aviation, STEM based careers.” 



About Civil Air Patrol:

Founded in 1941 and established as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force seven years later, the Civil  Air Patrol is chartered by Congress as a nonprofit organization for the purposes of youth development, aerospace  education, and to promote general aviation. In an auxiliary role as a Total Force partner of the Air Force, CAP  operates the world’s largest fleet of single-engine aircraft for search and rescue, disaster relief, training, and  education. Civil Air Patrol is dedicated to serving America’s communities, saving lives, and shaping futures. 

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