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Old December 1st, 2016, 05:17 AM   #1
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Happy 75th birthday Birthday Civil Air Patrol

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/...atrol-turns-75

From Sub patrols, target towing and air courier work in WW2 to Air Search and Rescue, helping train Air Force pilots to intercept civil aircraft as well as surrogate predators and working with youth, not much has changed in the past 75 years.

Glad to have been a part myself as a cadet from 1986-1989 and a senior member from 1989 to 1991 and back in just before 9/11 to the present.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 08:17 AM   #2
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My son started CAP in Jr High & went all the way through till he started college. He was Lt if I remember right. Where else can a kid learn to fly for free, what h/s kid can say he's flown the boom on a KC right before they fuel a B52? How many can say they spent a week every summer in a SAC bunker? The CAP is one of the best programs for boys AND girls for that matter that they can be involved in!

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That is where I learned how to drink. 1977-79.

In high school I wanted to be a pilot, so I joined them at age 14. After a few summers at their Hawk Mountain "Ranger School," I ended up in the Infantry. Go figure.

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I learned to operate my first ham radio and also got to fly the boom on a KC-135 in the CAP. Served on two real life search and rescues. Great times and opportunities ! Led me to a great 8 year enlistment in Army aviation.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 04:00 PM   #5
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My son started CAP in Jr High & went all the way through till he started college. He was Lt if I remember right. Where else can a kid learn to fly for free, what h/s kid can say he's flown the boom on a KC right before they fuel a B52? How many can say they spent a week every summer in a SAC bunker? The CAP is one of the best programs for boys AND girls for that matter that they can be involved in!
I was a second generation cadet, with my mom being a CAP cadet back in the early 60's. I'm now in command of a squadron that we're rebuilding back up.

This weekend I'm teaching marksmanship (NRA light rifle) to a group of 30 cadet NCO's and officers who will be staffing our annual Wing encampment between Christmas and New Year's. They're coming in for staff training and while they're here we're going to knock out marksmanship early so they can focus on their charges and be fewer to run through the range at the time. One year we had over 200 cadets total from 17 states, including California and Georgia. They had one cadet who was going to fly in from Hawaii but had to cancel for a death in the family.

Best thing about it is watching to see these kids grow up and see where life ends up taking them.

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That is where I learned how to drink. 1977-79.

In high school I wanted to be a pilot, so I joined them at age 14. After a few summers at their Hawk Mountain "Ranger School," I ended up in the Infantry. Go figure.
I just signed up one of my former cadets as a senior member last week, he's a Hawk Mountain graduate and Marine Infantry combat vet.

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MN CAP cadet from 1968 to 1973 rank Master Sergeant and radio operator. Many a memory of sandbagging for flooding control in the Spring, winter survival training at Camp Ripley, search and rescue training and live action. Best part was going up in the squadron's Cessna 172 or 150 and getting to fly it. CAP taught me a lot at a very young age including the jokes the seniors would pull on the plebes.


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Old December 1st, 2016, 07:07 PM   #8
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Our Squadron was on McGuire AFB, which is right next to Fort Dix. We would routinely get to play in the F-105 flight simulator and take flights in Huey's and C-141's.

I turned 15 at an encampment on Ft. Devins, MA. It was the first time I drank a whole 6 pack by myself. I can vaguely recall vomiting and passing out in the latrine. The best part was touring the 10 SF Group HQ.

I learned how to freeze to death in the NJ Ranger weekends and how to collapse from heat exhaustion while humping a ruck up and down the hills near Hawk Mountain, PA every July. I can still remember the "death" formations on opening day, where you had to stand at perfect attention for 30 minutes in the hot sun, having to do pushups for even blinking. Ah, good times. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

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Our CAP Squadron was at Adams Field in Little Rock, Arkansas with frequent trips to Little Rock AFB where we would play around with the RF-101 Voodoos and my first airplane rides were in Super Cubs for our training missions ... if I could have, I'd stayed in for the long haul but it just didn't happen for me. What a great organization that I think every kid should be a part of.

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Air Force Association did a great post on us...http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineA...tal-Force.aspx

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