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Air Force Association donates Computers to Cadet Program

posted Oct 12, 2017, 6:40 AM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

MANASSAS, VA Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Prince William Composite Squadron received a boost to its already successful cadet-led Aerospace Education program on Tuesday night, when Brad Wilkins, of the Air Force  Association, presented two laptop computers to the program in a brief ceremony at the weekly CAP meeting. On hand to receive the awarded computers was Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Elise Viles representing the squadron participants in the program.

Brad Wilkins is the State Vice President of Aerospace Education of the Air Force Association which began encouraging organized learning in protection of cyber resources in 2009 and has since grown rapidly. The program includes competition among over 1300 such groups nationwide for students in high school and middle school.

The computers were presented as part of the Air Force Association's grant in support of the CyberPatriot mission, which encourages students in computer and internet security and furthers the (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education objectives.  Herndon Composite Squadron and Fairfax Composite Squadron were also selected to receive computers.

Following the presentation, the group had a cadet-led discussion on vertical lift using balloon rockets.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.