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CAP Cadets Plan Year’s Activities

posted Aug 23, 2017, 5:05 PM by Kmberly C. Frady   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 9:59 PM ]
MANASSAS, VA Civil Air Patrol Cadets got a sampling of executive planning as they began creating the upcoming year’s activities schedule for Prince William Composite Squadron Tuesday night at the Virginia Army National Guard Armory. The squadron cadet leadership is taking increasing responsibility for the long range strategic planning for the unit.

Under the tutelage of Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, CAP, five cadets began the task of annually planning including recurring events like promotion and award ceremonies, physical fitness programs and training, and feedback evaluation for cadets.. The boardroom-like atmosphere is remote from the aviation, search and rescue and other operations that cadets learn but nonetheless important and real world examples of leadership. The group will meet periodically to complete planning and make adjustments as required.

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Seated at the planning group, left to right, was C/SMSgt. Elise Viles, C/MSgt. Priscilla Hatfield, Lt. Col. Frady, C/MSgt Paiten Frady, C/1st. Lt. Tony de Souza and C/1st. Lt. Jesse Coombs.  Photo by SM Goodman.

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.