Cadets awarded plaque |

Cadets awarded plaque

The Blackhawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol was awarded an Aerospace Education Plaque for their cadets participation in the Aerospace Education Excellence Program given by CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The cadets each received certification of completion for their six-month dedication to learning about aerospace.

Each month cadets tackled a new aerospace project as a group. The projects consisted of anything from building model rockets to a group discussion on items needed to survive on the moon. Some projects were hands-on while others required critical and analytical thinking.

During the six-month program the cadets are required to tour a military base or plan a local aerospace education day. The Blackhawk Cadets took a weekend tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they took a bus tour of the base which included viewing the rocket launch systems. Cadets saw movies on the aerospace programs taking place at Vandenberg. The trip was fun and educational and it helped the cadets meet their obligations for this award.

Aerospace education is on-going for the cadets of the Blackhawk Composite Squadron. It is required for all cadets and attendance at the aerospace meetings is mandatory for cadets moving up in rank. Cadets study aerospace textbooks and must pass tests to achieve their military rank. Trips are planned regularly to the Reno Fleishman Planetarium, Nevada Air National Guard, Naval Air Station/Fallon and aerospace conferences. Speakers attend cadet meetings to talk about careers in aerospace, military and as pilots.

The Blackhawk Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is an Air Force auxiliary program dedicated to aerospace education, cadet programs and search and rescue. The senior meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Lake Tahoe Airport. The cadet program meets at 6 p.m. every Monday and is open to teens entering sixth grade through 21 years of age.

For more information call (530) 541-5335.

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